With the summer break arriving, it means school is out and sadly my year volunteering with Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has come to an end.
Initially, I joined PECT as part of my sixth form BTEC course, where we were given the valuable opportunity of completing a year’s work experience. Having volunteered previously at local charity shops, I had an idea of what to expect, however I soon discovered that volunteering at PECT wasn’t just your typical voluntary role.
I have a passion for conserving the environment and hope to study marine biology, biodiversity and conservation at university and so when the opportunity came up at school to do volunteer work as part of our course, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew that I would not be able to secure any volunteer work with marine animals in Peterborough, being over an hour away from the sea, so I looked into environmental charities instead!
I stumbled across the charity PECT and decided that this would be the best pathway for me. The people I have met here are wonderful and since working here I have definitely developed as a person and come out of my shell more, not only whilst working here but also whilst being at school.
My predominant role was working alongside April with Investors in the Environment (iiE) as part of the business team. I found this experience very rewarding through the many skills I have had the opportunity to develop, such as writing my very first blog post on a topic close to my heart: marine biology.
It has also been rewarding to be able to see first hand the iiE members work their way up through their accreditation levels from Bronze to Silver and even some reaching top level Green status! In addition, I had the pleasure of being invited along to the iiE Awards 2017, where I had the opportunity to help present the awards to individual organisations for achieving their accreditation and to give out special awards based on achievements of certain businesses.
During my time at PECT, I soon discovered that although everyone on the team is very diverse from each other, they are joined together through their love for the environment and it is so nice to see how one common interest can bring so many people together.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at PECT so far and look forward to what the future holds.
Holly Nightingale – Volunteer at Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT)