I currently volunteer for two charities:
The Cinnamon Trust – a national charity that provides support to elderly/terminally-ill people who may not have family to help them with the day-to-day care of their beloved pets. By walking a dog, taking a cat to the vet, providing a foster home for a pet if the owner has to go into hospital, etc., volunteers give much-needed support and peace of mind to people who love their animals and really worry about them. The peace of mind includes the knowledge that the pet will be looked after for the rest of its life if the owner dies. I am proud to be associated with this charity.
The Woodland Trust – the UK’s leading conservation charity, which aims to protect ancient woodland, increase new native woodland, restore and improve woodland biodiversity, and increase people’s understanding and enjoyment of woods. I started as a Local Media Volunteer with them, and also provide volunteer proofreading (of their 2010 ‘Directory of Woodland Trust Woods’, for example); I also provided paid PR work for their Woodland Communities Project in Runcorn and Warrington – a three-year project, which ended in March 2012. I have twice been nominated for a Volunteer of the Year award; the latest occasion was in 2016.
I am a member of the Liverpool RSPB group, attending group walks and meetings, and helping out with some of their activities. This has become an area of great interest for me, even though I am a novice birder, and I am now furthering my knowledge in this area and in the related areas of ecosystem services, climate change, tipping points, marine plastics, and the environment in general via FutureLearn MOOCS.
I am also a member and/or supporter of various animal welfare charities: Animal Aid, the Boote Home for Cats, Cruelty Free International, the League Against Cruel Sports, the National Anti-Vivisection Society, PETA and World Animal Protection.