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  The newsletter for volunteers with the National Trust for Scotland Spring 2013  

Spring 2013

Cultivating Success

Nature springs back into life, we "take root" in Year Two of the Trust's Five Year Strategy and many of our properties are re-opening. Spring has (almost) sprung and we’re looking forward to the highlights of the new season...


Volunteers Celebrate Livingstone 200!

The David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre

2013 is an exciting year at the David Livingstone Centre, birthplace of the great missionary and explorer. Find out more below about the volunteers central to the celebrations’ success!

Fun and Games with the Learning Team...

Republishing Livingstone's groundbreaking bestseller...



 Kellie Castle & Garden

Volunteer Recruitment Days

Are you looking for something new? Falkland Palace, Castle Fraser, Kellie Castle and Hill of Tarvit have held recruitment days this spring where people could drop in to find out more. Why not check out our website where we've posted lots of opportunities across Scotland? Click here >

  Project Scotland

ProjectScotland - Tackling Graduate and Youth Unemployment

Since its inception almost 8 years ago, we've been working with Project Scotland to provide fantastic volunteering opportunities for young people, whether job-hunting or looking for a new direction. And now we're expanding! Find out more >

Read about one volunteer's experience >

Year of Natural Scotland 2013

The Trust is celebrating Scotland's stunning natural beauty and biodiversity - find out more about what we have planned! More >

For hints and tips on wildlife spotting from our Nature Conservation Adviser Lindsay Mackinlay, click here >

Conservation Volunteering

Hats off to the Conservation Volunteers

Our CVs have had another record-breaking year with an incredible 12,111 volunteering hours between the five groups!


To find out what your group achieved, and which group spent 177 days (almost half a year!) in the field, click here >

NTS Volunteering Dept on Facebook!

Volunteering is a social activity...

A great big thank you to those of you who have liked our NTS Volunteering page on Facebook and helped us to reach over 200 “likes”!

If you're on Facebook, you can find our page here >

 Volunteer Handbook eLearning

Volunteer Handbook

As part of our eLearning, we have turned the Volunteer Handbook into an interactive (and hopefully fun!) guide to volunteering with the Trust. Click here to check it out >

If you've not yet registered, see the sidebar for more information or sign up here >

 Pollok House volunteers receiving their awards

Long Service Awards

We've been out and about presenting long service awards! Congratulations to volunteers at Drum Castle & Garden, Inverclyde Members' Centre, Culross Needlework Group and Pollok House. Special mention to the Pollok volunteers in recognition of their outstanding volunteer hours over the Christmas period - another successful season for Mrs. Claus!

In Memoriam

We are sad to report the death of two of the Trust’s dedicated volunteers in recent months: 

David Rudram volunteer with Robert Smail's Printing Works and Diamond Jubilee Award recipient in 2012.

David Barrie volunteer at the David Livingstone Centre and Volunteer of the Year nominee in 2011.

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In brief…

Trust Volunteer Hours
Our volunteers have given an amazing 186,580 hours during the 2012-13 financial year, even more than last year! At minimum wage, this is worth over £1.1m in your donated time to the Trust. Thank you!
Thistle Camps 2013

Almost all of our camps are fully booked for this year, but last minute spaces do become available, even on popular camps. Check out the
Thistle Camps website for more information.

Taking Root

The Trust has just launched its plan for Year Two of the Five Year Strategy. Click below to read in full.

PDF Year Two - Taking Root

E-learning at home

Why not test your knowledge of the Trust? Our Induction module is available through eLearning. Sign up here for this and other online learning courses!

Need a holiday?

Volunteers are entitled to half price week-long holiday accommodation in NTS owned properties, if booked two weeks or less in advance! See the NTS Holidays web page for availability, and phone 0844 493 2108 to book and receive your discount. Don't miss out!

Keeping up to date!

If your personal or emergency contact details have changed, please let us know!

Do you drive?

If you drive to your place of volunteering you may need to inform your insurance company. Find out more

And there's more!

All Trust volunteers can receive the Volunteer Card after 40 hours, giving free entry to NTS properties and 20% off in the shops (conditions apply). See the Volunteer Handbook for more details!


Volunteer Conference
For Volunteers' Week 2013, we will be bringing together the Trust's experts for a day of talks, workshops and fun. Keep Sat 1st June free and watch out for more information!

Linking in…

Volunteering at NTS

Property Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers

Community Partnerships

Corporate Challenge

Thistle Camps


PDF Volunteer Handbook


Investing in Volunteers

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