Volunteering with FoE Tayside

There was plenty of interest in the Friends of the Earth Tayside stand at the University of Dundee Volunteering Fair held on 20 February 2013.  A leaflet was prepared specially for the event, setting out our main campaigning activities and indicating the kind of projects which students and others could help with.

These volunteering ideas are set out below the photo.  We are always keen to hear from people who are interested to volunteer, whether it’s for (for example) –

  • a single day one weekend,
  • a half day every week for 10 weeks, or
  • a continuous period of a few weeks during the summer vacation.

We can devise a project or assignment to fit in with your studies, or help organise a constructive but fun day out for a group of people.  Please get in touch to discuss what would be most suitable.

June, Doug and Mary at the Volunteering Fair 2013

June, Doug and Mary at the Volunteering Fair 2013

1: TACKLING LITTER AND COASTAL POLLUTION

Our annual Beachwatch event helps to clean up Tayside’s beaches in September as well as gathering important data which we and the Marine Conservation Society can use to try to reduce pollution at its source.

However, we could do with more information at other times of the year – and there are popular locations which are despoiled by litter, which need clearing up. The spring is the ideal time to get started.

We are keen to find someone to gather this information – and /or an enthusiastic squad to help clear up (gloves and other equipment supplied).

2: PROMOTING WALKING AND CYCLING

Making more of our short journeys on foot or by bike can help to keep us fit and save money, as well as reducing our impact on the environment.

In order to help shape policies by the local council and businesses, we need better information on current travel patterns. How many people are using the existing cycle routes, e.g. for commuting? What do cyclists think of the existing facilities? What improvements are needed? What are the difficulties which walkers and cyclists currently face in moving around the Waterfront area in Dundee?

This would be an ideal project for a geography student, looking at travel patterns and how these are linked to people’s attitudes, behaviours and the quality of facilities available to them.

3. OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Students can also propose a project relevant to their studies which fits with the priorities of FoE Tayside. This may involve gathering and analysing evidence relevant to another current campaign topic, such as:

  • waste recycling in different parts of Tayside
  • the use of small-scale biomass by farmers
  • compiling trends in air quality in Dundee and Perth over the past 5 years.