Bringing Communities Together
The lifeblood of Little Bats...
Volunteers play a vital role in the success of Little Bats Learning Forest School. They bring a wealth of warmth, empathy and enthusiasm to support both the children’s learning and development as well as the parents inclusion.
It is hard to properly capture the impact that our volunteers have on our programmes. It isn’t just seen in the positive atmosphere of the school, or the children’s heightened engagement; our volunteers also help to strengthen the school’s connection within the local community. They are often parents and community members, who want to contribute to the widening of our participants horizons and use their own lived experiences to provide support for significant challenges that our families face on a daily basis.
The involvement of volunteers has allowed Little Bats Learning Forest School to offer more opportunities and resources to the children and families it serves. Their contributions have helped to create an enriching and inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity, curiosity, and respect for nature. Our volunteer development programme, led by our leader Elanor Gordon provides an opportunity for local people to become volunteers – and much more than that, they join the Little Bats family.
Our Volunteers in action...
Volunteers don’t just play with the children and embrace the outdoors – they offer much needed support to the families who need our services.
Their lived experiences provide experience, understanding and hope to families who are living through significant challenges. Whether it be the cost of living crisis, managing complex health conditions, challenging family relationships or mental health, the power of someone saying “I’ve been there” turns our Forest School from an outdoor activity programme to a family community based upon inclusion and respect.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
With special thanks to....
Being able to train mental health peer support workers allows us to add a vital skillset to our volunteer team. Having funding from Health Education England makes this possible. Without this sort of support, our work would not be able to create the impact that we do – so from all at Little Bats – a big thank you!
Want to become a volunteer?
Are you interested in volunteering with us here at Little Bats? We are always looking for committed, enthusiastic people to support us with our CIC. Whether your talents lay in helping families to embrace the wonder of outdoors or you have support you can offer behind the scenes, we want to hear from you. Complete this short form and we will be in touch as soon as we can.