This is Volunteers' Week, an event co-ordinated by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says 'thank you' to them for the contributions that they make. The week also raises awareness about the benefits of becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been a difficult time to stress the benefits of volunteering on the Sandstone Ridge since we have been confined to our homes and cannot meet in any great numbers to share in the outdoor activities that we love. However, that does not prevent the Trustees from extending a very big ... 'THANK YOU' ... to all our volunteers over the last year: those of you who took part in the 2019 Walk and Ride Festival and all of you who have worked with us on projects until this March when we were placed in 'lockdown'. Your untiring enthusiasm, commitment and contributions have been very much appreciated.
In particular, we would like to thank those of you who have been helping on two of our unfunded projects:
- 'Beneath the Ridge', our caves survey, and
- 'Then and Now', our pictorial history project which seeks to match old photographs of the Ridge with new ones, thereby recording the processes of landscape change
Whilst it is difficult to conduct any large group activities in the field at present, there are still opportunities for individuals to conduct desk research or independent photography and we would welcome any suggestions or offers that would contribute to those projects.
As the lockdown has proceeded we have also been updating our Website with a variety of news and short articles about the Ridge and would welcome more ideas to keep the flow of information coming and help keep us all connected.
Of course, we should mention with due modesty that the Trustees are volunteers too! They take no fees and claim no expenses. It is frustrating to be unable to meet but we are determined to soldier on because we know from our own experience what a positive impact volunteering can have on ours and others lives.
Please keep reading our Website (which is also maintained by a volunteer) and, even if you are
not already a Member or Volunteer, we hope you will join us back on the Ridge just
as soon as it is safe to do so.
Thank you, again, from the Board of Trustees
for more information on volunteering opportunities with the Sandstone Ridge Trust, then CLICK HERE