Our volunteers play a fundamental role in almost everything we do. Whether it’s planting trees at an old quarry site, mapping an area burned by wildfire, or managing the spread of invasive species, we need your help to continue our work. Whether you’re a seasoned conservationist or a novice, we have a task that will suit you.

 

I’m Lisa, the Volunteer and Outreach Officer. I organise and run the conservation volunteering programme. I lead the tasks every Thursday and the Big Saturday Tasks at the end of each month. I love my job – I get to work in my field (excuse the pun!), outside, protecting and enhancing the environment around me. A big bonus is that I meet and get to know a bunch of similarly enthusiastic and lovely people through the volunteers that come along. I consider myself to be very lucky! I also consider those who live in Belfast to be very lucky – the Hills are on their doorstep and the opportunity to get out and about in the countryside, breathe in the fresh air and take in the spectacular views is like no other city! Don’t be shy, get involved!

lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org

 

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Volunteer Roles

Conservation Volunteers

Our Conservation Volunteers get together every Thursday morning and on the fourth Saturday of every month. There is a huge variety of tasks that we carry out and you can come along as often or as little as you want. Click the title for all information.

 

Tree & Hedge Planting Volunteer

This is a seasonal volunteer role where volunteers will help the Belfast Hills Partnership to plant trees and hedging plants on private land and quarry sites. Click the title for all information.

 

Habitat & Biodiversity Survey Volunteer

This seasonal volunteer role will increase your survey skills and experience as well as biodiversity identification. Click the title for all information.

 

Conservation Extras!

For the smaller tasks that are still just as important! Click the title for all information.

 

Volunteer Hills Ranger

This volunteer role is currently full. It will be made clear if a space becomes available. Click the title for all information.

 

 

The tasks we do are selected to appeal to as large a volunteer group as possible and so all abilities, ages and backgrounds are welcomed. As such, you don’t need any experience at all to get involved, but any that you do have will be put to good use. All we ask is that you come along with a smile, can-do attitude and clothes/sturdy footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty!

 

Given the physical nature of some of our tasks, as outlined in the role descriptions, if you require some level of support or assistance or have any concerns, please contact our Volunteer Officer and they will be able to give you the best advice on how you can volunteer with us or another local organisation.

 

We’re a really friendly bunch and love to meet new people from all walks of life. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Belfast Hills Partnership should get in touch with our Volunteer and Outreach Officer, Lisa Critchley: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org / 02890 603466

 

Essential Volunteering Information

Volunteer Handbook

This handbook provides you with essential information about volunteering with us as well as a broad introduction to the Belfast Hills Partnership.

Volunteer Handbook Updates

In order to ensure our volunteers have the best possible experience while undertaking tasks with us, our volunteering procedures are regularly reviewed. There are a few additions to the volunteer handbook which have been outlined in this document.

 

Volunteer Interest Form

The Interest Form can be printed and posted, scanned or emailed back to our Volunteer Officer who will contact you upon receipt of the form with additional information. It is also available in hard copy in the Volunteer Information Pack which the Volunteer Officer can give to you.

Volunteer Feedback Form

Feedback is really important and I welcome all. It is a way of developing the volunteer programme to make it the best possible fit for everyone. It gives volunteers the opportunity to request training and tasks and also an opportunity to let me know how they feel about the volunteering opportunities. The Feedback Form can be printed and posted, handed to me at a task, put in the plastic-pocket in the ‘goodie-bag’ at tasks or emailed back to me.

 

Seasonal Volunteer Task Reports

Each season, I write-up what the conservation volunteers have got up to over the months and why we have carried out the tasks. It is a good round up to see what we have been up to, to give you an idea of what to expect and also to remind volunteers of what they have achieved.

Summer Report 2015

Autumn Report 2015

Winter Report 2015/16

Volunteer Policies and Processes Available Training

 

There are no training scheduled at this time, keep an eye on this section for updates as there will be training courses added throughout the year.

 

Bookings/more information: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org / 02890 603466

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Hold the Date! The Divis 10k Run/Walk and 1Mile Fun Run will take place on Divis Mountain on Sunday 30th July 2017. Link for online registration will be available soon. Event details below please contact us if you have any other queries. Race Packs No packs will be sent out before the event. Race numbers etc. can be collected on the day from 9.15am Start Times The 1mile run will start at 10.30am The 10k run will start at 11am On-the-day Registrations On-the-day registrations will be available if we have not sold out. However we recommend online registration as our other events have sold out in the past. Getting there: Registration is at the barn in the carpark. The address is: Divis Road, Hannahstown, near Belfast, County Down BT17 0NG Please check the route out beforehand as it can be a little bit tricky to find if you have never been here before. There will be some car parking available at the barn, additional cars will need to park on the road, please car share where possible. 10k route The 10k is a tough, steep run, especially for the first two miles, so be prepared! This also goes over some rocks so be careful of footing. It’s all worth it though for the spectacular views at the summit just before the opportunity to freewheel all the way downhill again. The route then takes runners over the boardwalk and covers some more gravel path before leading towards the summit of Black Mountain. From here you can experience exhilarating views across the city and beyond. Continue to follow the gravel path as it winds its way along the ridge crossing a couple of stiles and the Collin River along the way. After that, it’s straight back slightly past the visitor’s centre where you will see the finish line and can collect your well-deserved medal. The route will be fully marked out at every Kilometre. There will also be marshals along the way to guide you. There will be water at the finish line but not along the route. So feel free to take a bottle with you if you think you will need it. Please take any empties back with you. Be aware of cows enroute do not go near them or startle them. 1 mile fun run route The 1 mile route will be pretty flat and on gravel path. More details on the exact start and finish point to follow soon. Clothing Despite this event being held in the height of the summer, we have had a few years of bad weather. This has not taken away from a great day out. Please prepare for every eventuality and bring waterproof clothing just in case. Trail shoes would be ideal but not a necessity. First Aid There will be first-aiders along the route and at the finish line. Afterwards There will be refreshments at the visitors centre for everyone. We will also hold a prize giving ceremony for winners. Timing/Prizes This will be a timed event; there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female and also for 1st boy and 1st girl in the 1mile run. Questions Any questions/ comments please PM or email legiteventsni@gmail.com See you at the start line! Regards Leg-It Events

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Divis 10k Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run

July 30, 2017, 10:30am

Leg-It Events

Hold the Date! The Divis 10k Run/Walk and 1Mile Fun Run will take place on Divis Mountain on Sunday 30th July 2017. Link for online registration will be available soon. Event details below please contact us if you have any other queries. Race Packs No packs will be sent out before the event. Race numbers etc. can be collected on the day from 9.15am Start Times The 1mile run will start at 10.30am The 10k run will start at 11am On-the-day Registrations On-the-day registrations will be available if we have not sold out. However we recommend online registration as our other events have sold out in the past. Getting there: Registration is at the barn in the carpark. The address is: Divis Road, Hannahstown, near Belfast, County Down BT17 0NG Please check the route out beforehand as it can be a little bit tricky to find if you have never been here before. There will be some car parking available at the barn, additional cars will need to park on the road, please car share where possible. 10k route The 10k is a tough, steep run, especially for the first two miles, so be prepared! This also goes over some rocks so be careful of footing. It’s all worth it though for the spectacular views at the summit just before the opportunity to freewheel all the way downhill again. The route then takes runners over the boardwalk and covers some more gravel path before leading towards the summit of Black Mountain. From here you can experience exhilarating views across the city and beyond. Continue to follow the gravel path as it winds its way along the ridge crossing a couple of stiles and the Collin River along the way. After that, it’s straight back slightly past the visitor’s centre where you will see the finish line and can collect your well-deserved medal. The route will be fully marked out at every Kilometre. There will also be marshals along the way to guide you. There will be water at the finish line but not along the route. So feel free to take a bottle with you if you think you will need it. Please take any empties back with you. Be aware of cows enroute do not go near them or startle them. 1 mile fun run route The 1 mile route will be pretty flat and on gravel path. More details on the exact start and finish point to follow soon. Clothing Despite this event being held in the height of the summer, we have had a few years of bad weather. This has not taken away from a great day out. Please prepare for every eventuality and bring waterproof clothing just in case. Trail shoes would be ideal but not a necessity. First Aid There will be first-aiders along the route and at the finish line. Afterwards There will be refreshments at the visitors centre for everyone. We will also hold a prize giving ceremony for winners. Timing/Prizes This will be a timed event; there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female and also for 1st boy and 1st girl in the 1mile run. Questions Any questions/ comments please PM or email legiteventsni@gmail.com See you at the start line! Regards Leg-It Events

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Helen Morrison GrimleyThere's lots of runs before that but I'm not registering for anything till after the craic . 10k is tough and divis is hills 😩1   ·  4 days ago

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A big thank you to the group of volunteers who joined us yesterday to help Steve Ryan from Green Woodwork Ireland coppice and clear brambles on Carnmoney Hill. The sun came out and we all did a fantastic amount of work! ...

Cormac Hamill of Cave Hill Conservation Campaign chomping on the flora and fauna of the Belfast Hills

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Belfast Hills PartnershipThank you also to our funders Heritage Lottery Fund (NI) for making this possible1   ·  5 days ago

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QUB student Eoghan O'Neill kindly spent this afternoon making some kestrel boxes #Our Bright Future #NationalNestBoxWeek ...

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Me and Jo at the Queens Biodiversity Careers Fair....come see us for the craic! 🙂 ...

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