Introduction to Volunteering/Working Residential's...
Phasels Wood Activity Centre offers an Introduction to volunteering/working in outdoor learning residential course.
For only £65 for the 5 days and 4 nights, participants gain a comprehensive introduction to the outdoor learning industry. This includes a wide range of activities, how an outdoor centre is run, qualifications available and how to work with a team and customers.
Participants work as individuals, pairs or as a team with centre instructors/staff members throughout the week. There is an element
of flexibility in the programme due to the nature and demands of the centre.
Jobs and duties will vary across the week but outcomes may include:
Basic understanding of individual activities
Able to support instructors in running sessions and communicate with participants and help enhance their experience
An opportunity to undertake activities that interest the participants themselves
Basic understanding of estates and woodland management requirements
Use of manual tools within individual competence
Understanding the standards expected by centre customers
Have a basic knowledge of the role of facilities staff
Have undertaken specific tasks in line with individual competency
Knowledge of ‘Front Office’ functions involved in running the centre
Basic customer contact
Understanding of standards required in customer support
Understanding the importance of working as a team
Knowledge of standards of personal presentation when working with customers
Respect for shared facilities
An understanding of the qualifications available in the outdoor industry and the routes to their achievement
Understanding basic cash handling and stock maintenance
Knowledge of price lists and programmes
Please be aware that due to the nature and demands of the centre there is some flexibility in the programme and changes to sessions may occur.
Dedicated shared male or female accommodation will be provided in our volunteer quarters. Each room sleeps a maximum of 4 people and is furnished with fitted bunk beds with mattresses, and is heated. The area has washroom facilities, kitchen/ dining area, which may be shared with our volunteers.
Arrival and Departure times
Participants should arrive for 09:00 on the first day. Departure should be arranged for after 16:00 on the final day. Participants with long journeys may wish to arrange to arrive the night before and depart a day later. Early departure will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and by prior arrangement.
Food is included in the cost. Time to prepare and clean up meals is built into the programme.
The 5 day residential is £65.00 and includes food. This is payable in full when a booking is made. Payment can be by cash, cheque, card or electronic transfer. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Phasels Wood Activity Centre’. Special rates apply for members of the Scout Association.
Bedding is not supplied, participants need to bring sleeping bags, pillows etc. Final joining details and a kit list will be sent 2 weeks ahead of your arrival.
Attending with Friends
DofE guidelines state that participants should ideally join a residential as an individual. A few participants may know each other when they are joining a larger group, where possible these participants should be separated. As we only have a maximum of 8 people on a course we do not feel this classifies as a large enough group to cater for friends hoping to do a residential together.
Our 2020 residential programmes run on the following dates:
Monday 17 - Friday 21 February
Monday 6 - Friday 10 April
Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July
Monday 6 - Friday 10 July
Monday 13 - Friday 17 July
Monday 20 - Friday 24 July
Monday 27 - Friday 31 July
Monday 3 - Friday 7 August
Monday 24 - Friday 28 August
Monday 26 - Friday 30 October
Making a booking
Once we have confirmed there are still places available we will send you an invoice for your stay. To confirm your place we need to receive payment within 14 days at which point a confirmation with further details will be sent.