The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers

Beech House
159 Ravenhill Road
Belfast
BT6 0BP
United Kingdom

Contact Details

Lauren Kendall
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) in Northern Ireland is a region of a UK-wide practical environmental charity, set up in 1959 and the Northern Ireland region was established in 1983. TCV has offices in Belfast, Bangor, Coleraine, Derry/Londonderry and provides advice, support, training and information as well as practical action through our own practical groups, including Conservation Action Teams and Green Gym groups. All our projects result in practical environmental improvement through voluntary effort and includes community gardens, allotments, tree planting, woodland management, pond construction, building school nature areas and creating informal urban open spaces.

Our Services

TCV is a practical environmental charity which involves people in understanding and improving the environment in four main areas of work:

Environment - improving the local environment through involvement of volunteers and the local community.  Creating and improving habitats.

Learning and Skills - helping people gain skills to improve the environment and this often helps support career development and securing employment.

Health - Green Gym and food growing projects and helping to improve social well-being.

Community - working with local communities and providing a community network which includes insurance cover.

 

Conservation Action Teams

The teams deliver practical environmental/conservation projects for landowners, eg councils, farmers, schools and businesses. Work undertaken includes:

  • countryside access,
  • tree planting,
  • school grounds development,
  • habitat construction, and
  • land management.

Site visits, practical advice, costings and information on funding sources are available. For more information contact your nearest office:

  • Belfast 9064 5169
  • North Down 9064 5169
  • Coleraine 70355352
  • DerryLondonderry 7126 2664

Green Gyms

Green Gyms offer environmental volunteering opportunities with a strong personal health focus for community, older people and women’s groups, school children and people with mental ill health, physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

Training for Employment

The Conservation Volunteers offer a programme of free training and support to unemployed people, to help them gain skills and qualifications and move on to employment or further training. The Training for Employment Programme is funded by European Social Fund and Department for the Economy.

We offer a range of vocational qualifications and short courses including:

  • Level 1 Award and Certificate in Practical Horticulture 
  • First Aid certificate
  • Construction Skills Register Card (CSR) training
  • Introductory Health & Safety Certificate
  • Machinery use certificates

Other Support we provide:

  • Practical work experience on different horticultural and environmental projects
  • On-site training
  • Job search support and training
  • Help with curriculum vitae and job applications
  • We will pay all relevant registration and assessment fees
  • Provide all relevant personal protective equipment 
  • We may provide some expenses for travel and lunch
  • Self-employment

For more information contact your nearest office:

  • Belfast  028 9064 5169
  • North Down 028 9064 5169
  • Coleraine 028 7035 5352
  • DerryLondonderry 028 7126 2664

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities exist on each of the above areas of work. If you want to find out more about how to get involved give us a call.

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Type of Organisation

VCSE

Acronym

TCV

Team

  • Michelle Crozier
  • Robert Shearman
  • Lauren Kendall