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Learning Resources: Creating educational resources for use in schools, colleges, and other educational settings

We are looking for volunteers with an interest and experience in learning, to create teaching resources focused on the people and places of Charnwood Forest. We’ve arranged some new sessions for early in the New Year to get started on this part of our volunteering programme.

We will be running a workshop on Wednesday 31st January at Botcheston Village Hall between 11am and 3pm to introduce you to the Charnwood Forest Geopark, its education programme, and our aspirations for working with volunteers to expand our education offerings to local schools. You’ll have time to try out some of our resources, find out more about some of the topics we’d like to explore, and perhaps add some of your own ideas. Our Heritage Education Officer, Susan Kilby, will highlight how educational resources can be linked to the National Curriculum through local history and other subject areas that can be connected through cross-curricular learning. The event is free, with hot drinks provided. Please bring a packed lunch. We’ll have time to network and chat during the day too.

This day will be followed up on Tuesday 6th February, 9.30am – 4pm with a visit to the Record Office in Wigston (for those who are new to it) to explore how it may help you in researching and creating new learning resources. The Record Office is the county’s treasure trove of wonderful documents, including photographs, maps, newspapers and much more – and an important place for discovering the fantastic history of our landscape.

Please email abrand-barker@nationalforst.org to book onto the above sessions – and feel free to pass this information on to anyone else you think may be interested in joining us. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

You can discover more about our voluntary roles, and sign up, here.