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Edge Hill’s Careers Team volunteers at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

November 9, 2022

Edge Hill’s award-winning careers team recently got their hands dirty as part of a staff volunteering day at Martin Mere Wetland Centre in nearby Burscough.

Several members of the team rolled up their sleeves and spent the day helping the nature reserve’s grounds team to landscape the oriental area by removing weeds and laying and levelling pebbles around the edges of the pathway and ponds. 

The team regularly extols the benefits of volunteering when assisting students with its range of careers support and guidance, and decided it was time to get involved themselves and offer their support to the local nature reserve. 

A picture of two people digging using shovels.

“Edge Hill Careers supports students to find volunteering activities, so we felt it was important for us to have all experience of being a volunteer too,” said Becka Colley-Foster, Head of Careers and Graduate Employability. “Volunteering doesn’t only help the organisation, it also helps individuals to develop their skills and confidence making them more likely to succeed in securing employment in the future.” 

Managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the centre is heavily reliant on volunteers and wouldn’t be able to carry out its essential conservation work without this support. 

Over the last 12 months the University has advertised 197 different volunteering opportunities, generating over 200 applications from students keen to develop their skills and give back to the community. 

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November 9, 2022


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