Project 14: Volunteer Network

The aim of this project is to develop a range of activities for local volunteers to get involved and contribute to LELP’s heritage legacy. Working with the local community LELP will develop a diverse network of volunteers to engage in events and projects in the region.

Project 14: Volunteer Network

This project will offer opportunities for volunteers through the following schemes;

– Give it a Go – Opportunity for volunteers to try events and engage in volunteering, often for the first time. This includes events such as autumn watch, tree planting etc.

– Be a Saint – This provides volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on the islands and at the monastic sites. Volunteers can take part in land management, habitat and species research as well as archaeology events.

– Vital Volunteers – This programme of activities will train volunteers in heritage skills. Those trained will then use these skills but also train others to keep these skills alive. This will include basket weaving, stone masonry and boat building, to name a few.

For more information contact Heather Gott call: 07738 116385 email: heather.gott@rspb.org.uk

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Bee a Biodiversity Hero at Devenish Partnership Forum – October 2021
Last Saturday, the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council joined the Devenish Partnership Forum to deliver an exciting free workshop on biodiversity at the Devenish Partnership Forum Nature Reserve.
Attendees got the opportunity to plant crocus bulbs around the Devenish Partnership Forum Allotments sign, and their appearance next spring is eagerly anticipated. In addition, Sarah Jane, the Biodiversity Officer from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council talked us through different types of native trees, how to harvest their seeds and how to plant them on.
This workshop has been made possible through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland. The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership are supporting communities to protect, enhance and conserve the unique biodiversity of the Lough Erne Landscape.
OCN Level 2 Oral Skills for Storytelling Course – May 2021

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We are currently offering an OCN Level 2 oral skills for storytelling (online) with Colette McCafferty (Travel & Tourism Associates) and Liz Weir (Irish Storyteller).

Oral skills in Storytelling:

The key training topics are researching and analysing stories for oral performance commentaries, developing and improving skills required to engage the audience and maintain interest. Delivery will include a mixture of demonstration, theory and practical activities.  Sessions will be delivered using power points, exercises, best practice and discussion and participants will be afforded the opportunity to experience the work of well-established local storytellers.  The programme will culminate in the candidates performing an oral story for an invited audience.  If possible this will be delivered face-to-face at a venue(s) to suit in the local area.  If virtual delivery is required, we can facilitate all sessions through zoom.

To apply click here. Please note those interested need to complete an Expression of Interest (EoI) form by Thursday 13th May 2021.

Further details on the course, date/times, EoI etc are available by emailing Hazel Long – hazel.long@rspb.org.uk.

Celebrating National Tree Week – November 2020

National Tree Week provides the opportunity to celebrate tree planting that has been carried out throughout the year and to engage in some planting activities

Unfortunately this year due to the current restrictions in place we haven’t been able to plant trees in the area. However we can celebrate the magnificent work that our partners and volunteers have carried out during the year. We have been able to plant over 350 trees in the Fermanagh region in 2020 including native Irish apple trees at 6 sites and over 300 native Irish woodland trees as part of one of our CEFF projects at Annagh Social Farm.

This is a fabulous achievement and we would like to say Thank You to everyone for their hard work throughout the year. We hope to increase the number of trees planted in 2021, if you or your community would like to get involved please contact Heather.gott@rspb.org.uk.

Thank You to National Lottery Players – December 2019

Today we celebrate the National Lottery players, without whom we could not carry out the work that we do. Each lottery ticket that you as a player purchase support the work of our funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This year the LELP team and our project partners join the National Lottery #Thanks To You campaign to say a huge Thank You for your suppor

Safeguarding for Children & Adults Training Course – December 2019

We are delighted to be hosting our first certified Safeguarding for children and adults training course on the 11th of December 2019. This training is ideal for anyone who works with children or vulnerable adults in a volunteer or professional capacity.

This course will give all participants the opportunity to understand the importance and need for every child and adults to be safeguarded, whilst gaining an understanding of the best practise.

 

Leave No Trace Awareness Training – October 2019

LELP in partnership with Sport NI and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council hosted Leave no Trace Training on Saturday 19th of October 2019 in Castle Archdale Country Park.

The training provided those in attendance with an understanding of the Seven Principles of Leave no Trace.  The seven principles form the Leave no Trace Code of Ethics and are principles for people to adhere to when using the countryside.

Representatives from organisations such as Fermanagh Ramblers, Row the Erne, Erne Paddlers, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Keep NI Beautiful took to the outdoors to gain a greater understanding of each of the principles.

7 Of those in attendance will attend the Leave no Trace Trainers Training in November to enable them to share the principles by delivering Leave no Trace Awareness courses.

LELP Community Litterpick – August 2019

 The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) organised a Community Litter pick in partnership with Erne Paddlers, Share Discovery Village, Blue Green Yonder, Keep NI Beautiful and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on the 10th of August 2019.  Over 45 volunteers, including Councillor Paul Blake, and a team from Enniskillen Youth Action carried out a clean-up of the waterways and shorelines around Enniskillen.

The Volunteers collected a total of 22 bags of litter in just 2 hours, and found some surprising items including patio chairs, a shopping trolley and even a bicycle frame.

Elmarie Swanepoel , LELP Programme Manager stated:

“Lough Erne Landscape Partnership are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers in the local community who gave up their time to help clean up the waterways and shoreline around Enniskillen.   It is disappointing to see the reoccurrence of littering in some of the locations.”

Enniskillen is a beautiful town offering a very unique landscape, we hope that working with the local community we can ensure that people recognise the importance of disposing of rubbish in the correct way in order to protect and preserve the natural heritage of the area. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the Litter Pick and made such an impact on the landscape.  LELP will be hosting quarterly Litter Picks in the Lough Erne Region if you wish to get involved please contact the office by emailing heather.gott@rspb.org.uk

‘Tree’s for Bees’ planting with 1st Inniskillng Beavers and Cubs – February 2019

Following the Trees for Bees’ schools competition, where pupils designed inspirational signs that will be placed on sites around the Enniskillen are where native heritage apple trees are being planted.

On Saturday the 1st of February 1st Inniskilling Cubs and Beavers group volunteered plant apple trees at the Round ‘O’ . Cubs, Beavers, parents and leaders all braved the rain and wind to plant 20 heritage apple trees on the site.

Local pupils are buzzing to help plant ‘Tree’s for Bees’ – February 2019

Local schools were invited to enter our ‘Trees for Bees’ art competition, producing colourful posters that would be used to make inspirational signs at each apple tree grove.  Winning schools are now receiving their own ‘Trees for Bees’ as part of the scheme and learning more about the important role pollinators and trees have in protecting our planet.

FODC and Lough Erne Landscape Partnership were overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries from a wide spread of schools, with over 580 pupils entering from 23 schools across the council district.  Ten winning entries were chosen to be made into signs and each pupil was presented with a ‘wild’ goody bag.

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