All of us at Froglife would like to give a warm welcome to Ashlea Jarvis, who has joined our team as the new Trainee Conservation Youth Worker on the Green Pathways project. Ashlea has been volunteering with froglife since 2011, and it’s now a pleasure to see her join us in a trainee position!
I first got involved with Froglife in 2011 as a participant in the now completed ‘Wildlife Ambassadors’ project. After spending 12 weeks on the project, which included a 6 week personal project, I decided to further my skills, and went on to volunteer on various other projects such as ‘My Wild Life’ with Froglife. In 2013, I won a Green Award for my contributions to Froglife and was also a runner-up for Young Person of the Year due to my involvement with the charity. I had to stop volunteering for a while, whilst having my now 2 year old daughter, but started again recently by helping out on the Leapfrog Schools Project.
As a Trainee Conservation Youth Worker I will be working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people from the local community. They will be participating in wildlife and environment associated activities which will hopefully help them to build their confidence, social skills and positivity along with the encouragement of my colleague and I. It will also help the young people to learn new skills whilst improving their knowledge and enjoyment of their local green spaces. Some of the activities I have been involved with so far include tree climbing, reptile hunting, bird watching and nature walks, and I look forward to being involved in many other things in the future!
It’s a scary prospect going from a humble volunteer to a trainee with a lot more responsibilities. There’s always that worry that you won’t live up to standards but that is what being a trainee is all about, learning, and I sometimes have to remind myself of that when I’m struggling with the computer programmes! This new role within Froglife is starting me on the path in a career that I have always wanted to be in but never thought I had enough brains to do so. It just goes to show that if you try hard enough, you will get there in the end.