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A Rocha Volunteer Holiday

St Madoc Centre Volunteer Holiday

Come and explore our 76 acre estate, located amongst some of Britain's most beautiful countryside. During your 5 day there'll be lots of different activities to take part in, from bird surveys to exploratory walks lead by Steve and Elaine Swinney. Find out more about some of the amazing creatures that live nearby from expert ecologists like Peter Sturgess.

 

To book your place please download a booking form here.

To fill out an online booking form please click here.

 

What to expect

 

Any work tasks will be outdoors using our tools and training will be given together with health and safety points.  Staff are first-aid trained.  If you have a favourite pair of work gloves and wish to be involved in practical tasks do feel free to bring them and any other equipment you may wish to use.

 

Self-service tea and coffee will be available in the Sunley Room along with breakfasts and lunches. Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be available during breaks.  After meals the group will be expected to help wash and dry up in the kitchen.

 

Free times will be built in for you to explore!  There are lots of public footpaths direct from the centre including the Wales Coast Path. We are a stone’s throw from Whiteford National Nature Reserve and the marsh, both of which are great for birdwatching with two hides or a dramatic walk at low tide to the lighthouse.  Swimming should be approached with caution as we have some dangerous currents, but is possible in the right conditions – always take someone with you.

 

Other places to visit include castles, churches and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre at Llanelli.  Don’t forget our village shop for tea and cake to reward yourself after a walk, and a lovely cream tea is served locally at Cwm Ivy café along with other home-made goodies.

 

Suggested items to bring:

 

Please note that bathrooms are ensuite.  You will be sleeping in shared dormitory rooms supplied with pillows.  Please bring a sleeping bag and an extra pillow if you prefer two.

 

Sleeping bag

Pillow case

Extra pillow (if desired) with pillow case

Towels

Soap and personal toiletries

Torch – it’s really dark here!

Camera & charger/batteries

Binoculars / fieldscope

Field identification guides

Old clothes for volunteering

Work gloves

Walking boots

Work boots

Walking poles (if desired – we have steep slopes and hills)

Waterproofs

 

Please note that mobile ‘phone reception is patchy but the internet is available via passwords  (Sunley and Dining Room).

 

Useful websites to help with your visit

 

Travel directions & other information                    www.stmadoc.co.uk

Tourist information                                               www.visitswanseabay.com/tourist-information/

Ordnance Survey maps (discounted)                       dash4it.co.uk

Gower Wildlife Blog                                               goweros.blogspot.co.uk

Village website                                                      www.llanmadocgower.co.uk

 

Flexible Itinerary

 

FRIDAY

5 pm Arrival (the group on site that day will not be leaving until the afternoon, so please time your arrival for after 4.30)

6 pm Buffet supper in the Sunley lounge

7.30 – 9 pm Chapel devotional time

 

DAILY from Saturday

8 am Self-service buffet breakfast

Thought for the day and Daily briefing

12.30 Self-service buffet lunch

5.30 pm a hot meal will be served

7.30 – 9pm Chapel devotional time

Communion on one of the days

 

            SUNDAY

            Devotional prayer time after breakfast

            9am Introduction to Ecologist Peter Sturgess

            Day around the site and adjoining headlands exploring flora and fauna

            Evening slide presentation plus Question and Answer time with Peter.

 

            MONDAY

            Undertaking various observations, surveys and free time during the day.

 

           TUESDAY

            Leaving the site after breakfast - by 10am at the latest.

 

Please remember that all times and planned sessions are provisional and subject to change for various reasons at short notice.

To book your place please download a booking form here.

To fill out an online booking form please click here.