CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERING

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CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERING

Volunteers play a critical role in the ongoing success and day to day running of many organisations and charities, and none more so that the Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales, who is this week celebrating National Volunteers Week.

Taking place from the 1st - 7th June 2019, National Volunteers Week celebrates all the wonderful attributes and skills volunteers bring to organisations across the UK. The Zoo currently has around 50 volunteers who offer help and support across the Zoo in various roles and capacities from animal husbandry to grounds maintenance, education and fundraising support.

Volunteers vary in age from 18 up to 60+, with several having given their free time to the Zoo for many years.

Kim Wood, Director of Living Collections at the Welsh Mountain Zoo commented: “Volunteers play a critical role in the wider operation here at the Zoo, providing invaluable support in many areas. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages and help create a diverse and well balanced team.

Kim Wood continued: “I couldn’t say that there was one particular attribute or personality trait that defines our volunteers other than their love and passion for the Zoo, its animals, and grounds. We are incredibly grateful for the time, commitment and enthusiasm that they dedicate to us and are pleased to be part of initiatives such as this which celebrate their achievements.”

Kim added: “Volunteers undoubtedly gain and develop new skills during their time spent with us as well as opportunities for wider social interaction and the chance to become part of a team. We currently have a limited number of positions available, however, we are interested in applications from anyone who is keen to get involved.”

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