The aim of this project is to develop a range of activities for local volunteers to get involved and contribute to LELP’s heritage legacy. Working with the local community LELP will develop a diverse network of volunteers to engage in events and projects in the region.
Project Partner: Lough Erne Landscape Partnership
Theme: Engaging Communities
This project will offer opportunities for volunteers through the following schemes;
- Give it a Go - Opportunity for volunteers to try events and engage in volunteering, often for the first time. This includes events such as autumn watch, tree planting etc.
- Be a Saint – This provides volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on the islands and at the monastic sites. Volunteers can take part in land management, habitat and species research as well as archaeology events.
- Vital Volunteers – This programme of activities will train volunteers in heritage skills. Those trained will then use these skills but also train others to keep these skills alive. This will include basket weaving, stone masonry and boat building, to name a few.
The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) organised a Community Litter pick in partnership with Erne Paddlers, Share Discovery Village, Blue Green Yonder, Keep NI Beautiful and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on the 10th of August 2019. Over 45 volunteers, including Councillor Paul Blake, and a team from Enniskillen Youth Action carried out a clean-up of the waterways and shorelines around Enniskillen.
The Volunteers collected a total of 22 bags of litter in just 2 hours, and found some surprising items including patio chairs, a shopping trolley and even a bicycle frame.
Elmarie Swanepoel , LELP Programme Manager stated:
“Lough Erne Landscape Partnership are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers in the local community who gave up their time to help clean up the waterways and shoreline around Enniskillen. It is disappointing to see the reoccurrence of littering in some of the locations.
Enniskillen is a beautiful town offering a very unique landscape, we hope that working with the local community we can ensure that people recognise the importance of disposing of rubbish in the correct way in order to protect and preserve the natural heritage of the area. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the Litter Pick and made such an impact on the landscape. LELP will be hosting quarterly Litter Picks in the Lough Erne Region if you wish to get involved please contact the office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
LELP in partnership with Sport NI and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council hosted Leave no Trace Training on Saturday 19th of October 2019 in Castle Archdale Country Park.
The training provided those in attendance with an understanding of the Seven Principles of Leave no Trace. The seven principles form the Leave no Trace Code of Ethics and are principles for people to adhere to when using the countryside.
Representatives from organisations such as Fermanagh Ramblers, Row the Erne, Erne Paddlers, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Keep NI Beautiful took to the outdoors to gain a greater understanding of each of the principles.
7 Of those in attendance will attend the Leave no Trace Trainers Training in November to enable them to share the principles by delivering Leave no Trace Awareness courses.
We are delighted to be hosting our first certified Safeguarding for children and adults training course on the 11th of December 2019. This training is ideal for anyone who works with children or vulnerable adults in a volunteer or professional capacity.
This course will give all participants the opportunity to understand the importance and need for every child and adults to be safeguarded, whilst gaining an understanding of the best practise.