Frequently Asked Questions
Q Do I need any particular skills to participate?
A All that’s needed is a willingness to get involved. No previous experience is needed, but obviously if you have skills which you think may be useful feel free to let the task leader know. Otherwise, any skills required will be taught by the leader or others in the group.
Q Do I need any specialised clothing?
A Obviously it’s best to come in clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Depending on the weather, the layered approach is usually appropriate with waterproofs as top layer if necessary. Long sleeves are a good idea, particularly if we are wading through bramble or gorse. Footwear should be a robust pair of boots or wellingtons if you want to get involved in the more physical activities. A hat is also useful along with sun tan lotion and insect repellant. There will always be the gentler activity of litter picking if you’d like something less physical. Additionally, we’ve not yet had a volunteer provide a musical accompaniment, so there’s always a first time!
Q Do we stop for lunch?
A Yes please. But bring a packed lunch and some kind of drink. We endeavour to provide hot drinks for lunch and a morning and afternoon tea break, but this is not always possible. So just in case, be prepared!
Q What equipment do you provide?
A All tools required will be provided. In addition we supply a pair of gloves (pre-worn), but if you’d like to bring your own gloves please do so, since we can’t always give the antecedents of ours! We will also always bring a first aid kit.
Q Do I need to join the Team ahead of a task?
A No just turn up, but on your first visit we will ask you to fill in a membership form and a separate health form. The membership form holds contact information and lists any skills or experience you would like to share with us. The health form is to give the task leader an idea of your capabilities and we carry them to all tasks in envelopes to be given to paramedics in the unlikely event of an accident. Thus it is most useful if it describes all relevant health issues and medicines taken. Note that it is important that you are up to date with tetanus jabs.
Q Do I have to come for the whole day?
A While this would be the most helpful, any time you can supply would be good. This is supposed to be fun after all! But we would ask that at the least it is a morning or an afternoon.
Q Are you insured?
A Yes, we are insured under the TCV Scheme for Conservation Groups (at 2013, supplied by Zurich Insurance). You are welcome to see a copy of the Policy Document at a task on application. Note that the policy deals with under 18’s differently from adults.
Q How is the Group managed?
A Good question! We have a Constitution, which you are welcome to see at a task on application. There is a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, who try to keep order and put together a programme of tasks. Basically, we’re a democracy, so everyone can have a say (but hopefully not all at the same time).