Murton Trust manages a thriving nature reserve, visitor farm and tea room, on the outskirts of Forfar. Murton provides a unique environment in which children, young people and adults can learn and develop skills for life. We wish to enrich people’s lives by using our site as an educational tool that has a positive impact on all ages.
As a Scottish charitable organisation with a dual purpose, situated on a former sand and gravel quarry, Murton Trust manages and enhances the natural heritage on the 100 acre site and currently utilises the landscape to provide opportunities for young people from Angus and Dundee (aged 14-19) who are disengaged from formal education, to gain meaningful vocational qualifications or work experience in hospitality and land based skills.
Murton Trust is a Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) accredited vocational training centre, our education programmes make significant differences to the futures of challenged young people. We support those currently at school and those who have left school with no positive destination who are at risk of future social and employment exclusion, as a consequence of little or no school achievements.
We also operate Murton Tots Outdoor Playgroup throughout term time, working with pre-school children in an outdoor setting introducing them to the benefits of playing outdoors and experiencing nature at an early age.
Since opening 11 years ago, the nature reserve has become a hidden gem, teaming with wildlife including otters. The 80 acre nature reserve flourishes with diverse habitats; lochs, wetlands, woods, wild flower meadows, and nesting sites for sand martins. An abundant array of wetland and wading birds including Little Ringed Plovers a local biodiversity priority species are thriving. The management and design of the site mean paths and seating afford views, and provide access to nature without encroaching nesting sites or damaging habitats. The visitor farm and tea room have grown in popularity and are firmly established as a tourist destination, featuring in the list of top 20 places to visit in Angus. Murton recognises the importance of tourism to its future sustainability and has become a key player in the Angus Tourism Cooperative established across the county by tourist attractions, hospitality businesses and accommodation providers.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP SOMEBODY IMPROVE THEIR ENGLISH SKILLS LOCALLY?
Angus Council Place team have opportunities for volunteers of all ages and walks of life to help students attending their English evening classes to improve their English skills.
The ESOL Buddy Project is designed to give volunteers from the local community the opportunity to meet a student from another country and learn more about their life and culture. The student gains the opportunity to improve their spoken English skills and better integrate in the community, progress at work or to further education.
Typically the volunteer and the student meet once a week for about two hours in a public place – a café or library – at a time that suits them both for a chat about their lives and families – a ‘blether’ as we would say! There is no need to know another language or be a grammar expert. The project is run to improve informal English and strengthen contacts in the community.
The project has been running for over three years and many volunteers have enjoyed the experience and made good friends. Students have made great progress by engaging with community groups and leisure activities that they did not have the confidence to embark on, as well as making progress at work or study.
We have opportunities in Forfar, Arbroath, Brechin and Montrose.
Opportunities also exist to volunteer in the classroom as a teaching assistant. This has helped many volunteers gain the experience they need to follow on from a TEFL qualification or similar.
If you are interested or would like to find out more about this project please get in touch with Neil Paterson Communities Officer at:
The Learning Tree Partnership supports people with a learning disability to gain skills and experience in customer service. We do this through a person centred learning approach which ensures that everyone has an opportunity to learn in a way that suits them.
Our customer service learning is done through selling used books and CD’s and we strive to ensure that our customers are happy with the level of service they get.
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Dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, Hospitalfield is a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy. An historic artist’s house in Arbroath, we hosting artists’ residencies and study groups, exhibitions and events.
Volunteers are vital to the work that we do at Hospitalfield, bringing skills, knowledge and enthusiasm and providing their time with the greatest generosity. Activities include gardening, walking groups, history and heritage, collections care, events and exhibitions. We welcome people from all walks of life to take part and there are plenty of ways to get involved.