Welsh Baccalaureate and D of E

Information below outlines: -
a) What opportunities are available in the local area for volunteering, if you are over 14 years old
b) What the volunteering requirements are for the Welsh Baccalaureate (Y12 and Y13) and D of E (various levels)
c) What sort of work is involved 

The following opportunities are available for anyone wishing to complete their Volunteering experiences by participating in Environmental work in the local area. 
Limitations: -
Cathays Cemetary - Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Nant Fawr Community Woodland, Cefn Onn, Heath and Roath Parks – the only unaccompanied under 16 year olds accepted would be those working for the DofE

Dates for the Welsh Baccalaureate and DofE Volunteers 2014
Roath Park
All volunteers meet at the Conservatory. Tasks will include horticultural activities such as pruning roses (seasonal), weeding, planting, cutting back.
Time : - 10  1pm.
There are no dates for January and December.
Saturdays - 8th February, 15th March, 5th April, Saturday 3rd May
Then - Sunday 29th June, Sunday 27th July, Saturday 30th August, 
      Sunday 21st September, Sunday 12th October, Sunday 2nd November

Nant Fawr Community Woodlands

Sundays  - For venues and activities, please see website
Time : - 10 a.m. - 12 noon 
Dates: - 19th January, 23rd February, 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 29th June, 27th July

Cathays Cemetary

Saturdays – meet by the chapels at the Fairoak Road Entrance
Time : - 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Dates: - February 22nd, March 29th, April 26th, May 31st, June 28th, September 27th, October 25th, November 29th.

Heath Park

Sundays - Meet at the Model Railway Car Park
Time : -2 p.m. - 4p.m  (changes to 1 p.m to 3 p.m in the Winter) : -
9th February, 9th March, 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November, 14th December 

Cefn Onn 

Sundays  - meet in the Car Park 
Time : - 2 p.m. - 4 p.m 
16th February, 16th March

If you wish to take part, please email your details to the address on the website and we shall put you in touch with the relevant Ranger or Leader.

What has "The Friends of Nant Fawr" got to do with "The DofE" or "the Welsh Baccalaureate"  ?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

This leading youth Charity, the DofE, gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.
One of the requirements is VOLUNTEERING i.e. getting out there and making a difference by helping others, the environment or the local community.
The young people have to choose something that matches their interests and can volunteer on their own or as part of a team.
One of the sections is :-
Working with the environment/animals, which includes conservation and maintaining habitats.
The different levels require different commitment: -
 Level Minimum time
Bronze : - 3 to 6 months - one of your Volunteering, Physical or Skills                 sections for 6 months, the others for 3.
Silver : - 6 to 12 months - if you haven’t achieved your Bronze you                   need to extend your Volunteering or the longer of your                       Physical or Skills sections to 12 months.

Gold : - 12 to 18 months If you haven’t achieved your Silver you                      need to extend your Volunteering or the longer of your                        Physical or Skills sections to 18 months.

The Welsh Baccalaureate

The advanced syllabus (completed in Y12 and 13) contains a section called - 

       Community Participation should involve candidates working in active community volunteering.  This must relate to the real world and the wider community, outside the classroom.  Candidates should spend thirty hours on this activity. When planning, carrying out and evaluating their community participation candidates should demonstrate independence and responsibility. They must be able to work flexibly, creatively and where it is appropriate, effectively with others.

How should this component be approached?

Examples of possible activities include:

       activities working to improve the environment;
       helping with younger pupils (in a school situation) e.g. peers support
       schemes, project, reading work, ICT work, coaching football, cultural activities (choirs, drama productions);
       participating in activities at a summer camp or in activities organised by a youth organisation such as the Urdd or Scouts/Guides;
       charitable fundraising activities, or any local issues or causes that the centre may be involved with.
       volunteer work in a nursing/residential home or day centre;
       assisting in a play group working with nursery/early years children;.
       part of the Duke of Edinburgh award.

So, the first activity mentioned is to do with improving the environment!

For further information :

Are you interested in volunteering in the community
or improving your environment?

Who can do it?      Anyone! If you are under 16 you need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian

What does it involve?

Every month you can claim at least TWO hours 
                              from work days and by participating in events : -

Recent activities have included laying alder matting covered with wood chip in order to make boggy paths passable; desilting ponds and cleaning dam inflows; painting; clearing brambles, nettles, ragwort, willow herb etc.; coppicing; cutting back vegetation and trees; clearing litter; horticultural tasks (weeding, hoeing, planting, pruning etc); putting up and maintaining nesting boxes for birds and dormice
  • Larger schemes have involved tree planting programmes (with local schools) and establishing orchards; bracken bashing; building bird viewing platforms, hay raking
  • Surveys are completed e.g. birds and fungi
  • Summer programmes have included a “Stream shuffle”, pond dipping and bat hunting
  • Schemes to improve public awareness of the voluntary work carried out in the area