Health & Safety

With so many volunteers working out in the countryside in all weathers, health & safety is a big deal for the Steyning Downland Scheme. We’re one of the few conservation organisations to have taken out personal accident insurance for all our volunteers and our team of Conservation Volunteers are always accompanied by a trained First-Aider, First Aid kit and automatic defibrillator. Working with local health and safety experts, On Target Training, we’ve put together a process to make sure all our volunteers are properly trained and competent for what we’re asking them to do, without building a mountain of off-putting bureaucracy!

Conservation Volunteers having a tea break

If you’d like to volunteer with us, first take a look at our ‘Get Involved‘ page where you can see the range of things that we do.  Can’t see your area of interest? Then please contact us – we’re always interested in new ideas.

Once you’ve decided what you’d like to do, fill in our New Volunteer Form. We’ll be in contact soon to arrange a time for you to meet one of our team leaders, who will introduce you to the Steyning Downland and explain any particular health and safety issues.

All our Conservation Volunteers need to be trained to use a range of hand tools and our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) safely, then  complete a New Volunteer Competence form before they can volunteer for us. Before each volunteer day, they also need to read through our general risk assessment (or the fence risk assessment if repairing fences).

Since 2020, anyone who helps out with an organised activity with us, first needs to be familiar with our Covid-19 policy.

Rest assured we’re doing or best to look after you – and thanks very much for volunteering with the Steyning Downland Scheme!