New year’s resolutions: those promises we make ourselves whilst seeing in the New Year. A promise to get fitter, try new things, meet new people, explore new places, learn a thing or two or simply to enjoy life. If you made any of these resolutions, or are now feeling inspired by this list, then maybe volunteering with the Belfast Hills Partnership is for you!


We promise that joining our lovely volunteer team will help you tick off at least one of your resolutions this year. The practical conservation tasks we do on a Saturday morning will be so much fun that you will get fitter without even realising it whilst out on site. We will take you to places you might not have known existed, like the beautiful nature reserve at Slievenacloy. And most importantly, you will become part of a wonderful team of volunteers who will support you, laugh with you and make you feel welcome.


Leanne, one of our newest members of the team, said:


“From day one it was like I knew everyone for ages. The group has a really friendly atmosphere and if anyone did struggle socially, they would feel welcome!”


Our Saturday conservation volunteer group meet on the last or second last Saturday morning each month to carry out a Big Saturday Task. These tasks cover a variety of practical conservation work including big river clean ups, woodland management, wildflower seed collection and much more. Each month we visit a different site within the Belfast Hills: from Divis & Black Mountain in the West; Cave Hill in the North; and on towards Carnmoney Hill, a beautiful wooded hill in Newtownabbey.


The tasks our volunteers do are vital to protecting, enhancing and maintaining the Belfast hills. Our Volunteer Officer, Lisa Critchley, said:


“Our volunteer programme was awarded the Investing in Volunteers Award, a quality standard award for volunteering and it certainly is proven time and again through the lovely group.

The team of volunteers really make a difference to the sites across the hills. Everyone always has a great laugh during the tasks and still manage to get a lot done! We’d definitely be lost without them.”


One of our volunteers, Linda, recently told us that:


“[it is] extremely easy to join – other places you seem to have to jump through hoops, and not everyone would be capable of filling out all the paperwork.”


So, if you do want to join, or just find out more, simply contact our friendly Volunteer Officer, Lisa, by email [email protected] or phone 028 9060 3466.


We look forward to meeting you!


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