Doing my bit for the environment during the summer holidays

Priya Tang – Volunteer case study

Priya is 16 years old and from Kingston. She is one of our younger volunteers and has been helping us out on a number of events and conversation projects during her summer holidays.

After finishing her GCSEs in June, Priya wanted to do some work experience to keep her busy over the summer.

Priya cares a lot about the environment and after doing an internet search for conservation charities came across Environment Trust. The work we are doing appealed to her and she got in touch. We are delighted she did as she has been a great help so far this summer.

Priya likes to do her bit to care for the planet which is what attracted her to volunteering for us. She says, “I’m very passionate about caring for the environment and really interested in conservation work. I want to do my bit to help reverse the damage that has been done.

“I already recycle or reuse what I can and volunteering for Environment Trust seemed like a good use of my holiday time to do something more to benefit the environment. It was also a great opportunity for me to learn about what amazing work the charity does in my local area.”

Priya has been carrying out a variety of tasks including admin, preparation for events and practical conservation volunteering. She helped out at our recent Clothes Swap event that took place at the beginning of August. This event was about encouraging local people to contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry.

People were asked to donate between four and ten items of clothing and were able to choose the same number of items at the event to take home. Priya worked hard hanging up all the clothes that were donated and helping people select their new outfit! In total 40 people attended the event which raised around £600. Another project Priya was involved with was one of our corporate days. She joined a team of around 25 people from CISCO to carry out conservation work at Bedfont Lakes Country Park in Hounslow. The team cleared brambles as part of routine scrub maintenance, and a bee bank was cleared in the earth to allow female solitary bees such as the miner bee to burrow into the bank to lay her eggs.

Later this month Priya will be volunteering at a National Citizen Service (NCS) day. She will be joining a group of students and taking part in practical conservation work at Berrylands Nature reserve in Kingston.

This is part of the NCS Challenge, a life-changing summer initiative that brings together 15 to 17 year olds from different backgrounds. It aims to build their confidence, and to inspire and challenge them to make a difference in their local community.

Environment Trust is a partner to this scheme. A group of the students visited the charity this summer to learn about what they do, as well as come up with a project to raise awareness for the charity. The programme ends with the volunteer day.

Priya has really loved volunteering. She says,

“I’ve enjoyed knowing that I have done something to help my local area and the wildlife, as well as support the charity. I hope to continue volunteering in some capacity after the summer, if I can fit it in around my school work of course!”

Priya is hoping to start Six Form in September at Grey Court School in Ham and will be studying biology, chemistry, psychology and Spanish. She wants to be a biologist. We wish her every success in her future career and hope to see her back helping us out when she can.