Fixed term contract part time (9 months maternity leave)
DEADLINE for Applications: 12.00pm Thursday, 24th October 2019
Creekside Education Trust
Creekside Education Trust runs the Creekside Discovery Centre on Deptford Creek. The Centre provides an exciting range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages that include discovery walks in Deptford Creek at low tide. Participants wear waders and are able to wade through the water, experiencing an urban wild river while gaining insight into biodiversity, wildlife, and the history of the area. We deliver educational sessions on science, history and geography for thousands of local children every year. Families, community groups, and pre-school groups also participate in various activities. Creekside Discovery Centre is unique, being situated in a completely urban context. The grounds are managed for maximum biodiversity with over 300 species of wildflower on a site of under 0.26 hectares.
Creekside Education Trust Learning Deliverers are a team responsible for delivery of outdoor education sessions during term time at Creek Discovery Centre. The sessions include low tide walks within Deptford Creek. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in delivering environmental education and learning outside the classroom in a unique setting in London. This position is for two days a week with flexibility to be term time only.
- Delivery of outdoor education sessions for primary schools focusing on rivers, local wildlife, science, local history and geography.
- Comply with all Creekside Education Trust health and safety procedures, including risk assessments.
- Adhere to the policies as laid out in the Creekside Education Trust Staff Handbook including safeguarding and child protection.
- Setting up and clearing away before and after sessions. This can include tidying, sweeping, organising resources, moving tables, chairs and benches and tidying bathrooms.
- Assist with promoting Creekside Education Trust and our activities. This can include contributions to our social media accounts and our website.
- Support and supervise any volunteers involved in the delivery of education sessions.
- Complete any other task reasonably requested by the Coordinator or other staff members.
- Experience of working with primary school aged children
- Demonstrable interest in history, geography or science
- Experience in delivering out of classroom learning
- Willingness to work as part of a supportive team but also able to act on own initiative
- Confident and comfortable in dealing with a range of schools, volunteers and members of the public as well as groups and individuals
- IT skills including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook email, Google Calendar
- Willingness to support pupils with physical, emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties and to enable their inclusion within visits to Creekside Discovery Centre
- Ability to maintain a calm and positive learning environment
- Enthusiasm for the role and a genuine interest in our charity, Creekside Education Trust
- Website management skills and experience of developing a social media following e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- First Aid at Work qualification (training or refresher training can be provided if required)
Creekside Education Trust is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate. Given the physical nature of this post including walking on a steep sided river bank and a river bed with an uneven rocky surface, if you do have mobility issues, please contact the Coordinator directly to find out more about the role. This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
To apply for this role, please complete the application form and send it by email to or by post to Creekside Discovery Centre, 14, Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA
Deadline for applications: 12.00pm Thursday, 24th October 2019.
Interviews will be held on Friday 1st November. Please notify on your application if you are unable to attend an interview on this date.
DATES: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October and Saturday 2 November
Starting at the Discovery Centre and taking place in and around the historic Deptford Creek, this is a once in a lifetime chance to explore the river alongside the Victorian treasure hunters known as the Toshers. Waders provided!
This is a family activity so grown-ups come along and join in the fun with your children. Participants need to be reasonably fit as you will be walking on the bed of a wild river. We provide waders, a waterproof and a walking stick and suggest you wear old clothes. Please note this event is for children over the age of 8. Children under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult.Performance will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and will involving going into Deptford Creek.
Young children are welcome to watch from the footbridge but will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Want to help create a buzz about the health of the Thames? Help Thames21 spread the word about what we are doing on the Thames, get people involved, and get people excited about taking action to help clean up and monitor the Thames by becoming a Thames River Watch ambassador. As a Thames ambassador, you will support our events by welcoming volunteers, chatting to locals, and answering questions about Thames21. Our events are good at generating curiosity, so we want to explain what we are doing and get people to join in.
This day-long training session will provide non-experts with the knowledge and tools to become a Thames River Watch ambassador. Click here to find out more about the Thames River Watch project.
The session will include:
- An introduction to Thames River Watch
- The story of London’s River
- The tidal foreshore environment
- Water quality on the Thames (including how to monitor it)
- Wildlife in the river
- Ways for the public to get involved
The session involves indoor learning and a practical session on the foreshore.
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Date and time: June 26 Time 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Contact Abbi Kent
Last week, when the weather wasn’t quite so gusty and wet, the river volunteers worked hard on clearing the backwater in Ladywell Fields. The are is becoming quite clogged with reeds and so we need to dig them out from the roots to stop them from spreading and taking over. The image above shows most of them trying to move a huge clump – it took that many people to move it! The satisfaction when it did finally go was massive!
It is an area that we will continue to work on to make sure there is some open water and reeds – to maintain the balance.
The RBSM volunteering had to be cancelled today due to high winds and wet weather – not the best combination when wearing waders in the river and ponds! We waited fro a while to see who would turn up and the the volunteers and I took this decision. I hope we didn’t miss anyone.
“The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind.” — António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers in Lewisham (not just those who work in the parks and nature reserves) for all the hard work that you do. You all do a fantastic job and the work you do is invaluable.
On Wednesday 28 November, Parks for London published the Good Parks for London Report 2018: Improving London’s parks for all.
The Good Parks for London Report 2018 considers the approach that London Boroughs are taking towards parks and green spaces, evaluating them against ten criteria: public satisfaction, awards for quality, health and wellbeing, sustainability, events, supporting nature, skills development, community partnerships, collaboration and strategic planning.
London Borough of Lewisham has topped the chart for the second year in a row, demonstrating the fantastic work that they are doing to promote and protect parks and green spaces across their Borough.
Criteria used to assess London Boroughs’ parks and green spaces services:
1. Public satisfaction with parks
2. Awards for quality (Green Flags and London in Bloom)
4. Events: both policy and range and number of events
5. Health, fitness and well-being
6. Supporting nature
7. Community partnerships
8. Skills development
10. Strategic planning
For reference the first report of 2017 can be found here.
This maybe isn’t so much strange as unusual! She was found in one of the ponds in Sydenham Wells Park, but we are not sure who she is. Can anyone help? We don’t know how long she has been there or where she came from, but we put her back carefully the same day.