Hosting a local Wildlife Trust membership stand helps your business or event to:
- reflect support for protecting nature and wildlife in your area, particularly at a time of heightened environmental awareness
- create a point of difference for you by provide interesting, visually-pleasing local information of interest to your customers/visitors
- complement your seasonal themes and marketing campaigns with environmental, wildlife, marine or species-specific focus (e.g. bees, hedgehogs, owls, bats)
- demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and reflect your corporate social responsibility policy whilst working with an organisation backed by Sir David Attenborough
- provide customers with rich information about the wildlife close to your venue or event and encourage an exploration of outdoors with its associated health and well-being benefits
How we work
We contact venues and event organisers to book dates to attend with a local Wildlife Trust membership stand.
Our local membership recruiter attends at an agreed time and location with engaging display materials appropriate to the venue’s space. They politely engage with people about the work of the Wildlife Trust, offering the opportunity to sign-up for membership using a paper direct debit mandate form or secure electronic tablet device.
Our venue co-ordinators, based in our Exeter head office, have a dedicated Wildlife Trust area and are a friendly, professional point of contact.
We are a member of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and our membership recruiters work to high standards of conduct. As part of this, we can be subject to ‘mystery shopper’ surveys and in early 2019 scored 100% compliance with IoF fundraising rules. Our owning Wildlife Trusts are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
Who we work with
We attend a wide range of venues and events to offer membership to a diverse cross-section of people who may be interested in joining their local Wildlife Trust. These include supermarkets, department stores, county shows, garden centres, leisure centres and hospitals, to cafes, health stores, farm shops, tourist attractions, libraries, museums and markets. Companies we work with include Co-op, Coffee #1, Dunelm, Go Outdoors, Iceland, Lush, Nationwide, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Taunton Leisure, Waitrose, Waterstones, and Wyevale Garden Centres.
We also provide an interesting, informative focal point for staff at corporate HQs – setting up in atriums, catering areas and at staff events.
Organisations partnering with our Wildlife Trusts can boost their impact at no extra cost by hosting our membership recruiters: for example Southern Co-op, The Midcounties Co-operative and Co-op have helped raise over £450k of membership income by having our information stands in/outside of local stores. Taunton Leisure in Bedminster, Bristol has adopted Avon Wildlife Trust as its charity of the year as well as hosting our membership stand in an engaging way for customers. (Pictured L-R: Calum Edser from Avon Wildlife Trust, Braam Van Der Walt, store manager, and Paul Witham, membership recruiter. )
What our venues and event partners say
Better Food: “We’ve been supporting Avon Wildlife Trust in our three Bristol stores for a long time now, and are always happy to have their stands either inside or just outside the threshold, where they can easily engage with our customers. It adds interest and colour to the shopping and café experience. We’re all about organic farming, which preserves and nurtures wildlife, so the Trust’s mission chimes perfectly with our own.”
Bristol Water: “So pleased to hear it all went well. Lovely to work with you all.”
Clevedon Pier: “We always look forward to hosting Avon Wildlife Trust at our Victorian heritage site – AWT members are super friendly and interact with our visitors, who are keen and eager to learn how to help preserve and care for our local wildlife.’’
Cotswold Markets: “SWWFL have become a regular attendee to our events and are always a pleasure to work with. All staff that have represented SWWFL at our events have been keen to not only showcase what SWWFL are all about, but also to comply with our existing rules and policies, working in the best interest of all parties.”
Harvest, Bath: “It’s been great having the Avon Wildlife Trust visit the shop recently. We’ve received lots of positive feedback from our customers and staff have enjoyed chatting with the volunteers too! We’re really happy to be able to support the Trust and all the excellent work they do.”
John Lewis & Partners, Exeter: “We are so happy to support the Devon Wildlife Trust and South West Wildlife Fundraising Ltd.”
LUSH, Cheltenham: “Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has been in store many times and it’s always a pleasure. The volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable and always so engaging with our customers. We love having them in store!”
LSD Promotions (Worcestershire): “We’re proud to support our local Wildlife Trust; their engaging & informative stands always add to our events and what we offer to the local community’.
Nationwide, Bath: “It has been an absolute pleasure working together with Avon Wildlife Trust in our Bath Branch. Every time they visit, members and non-members enjoy the stand and learning about all the great work Avon Wildlife Trust do. The colleagues are always friendly and provide a fantastic stand for people to enjoy and potentially sign up after finding out more about the charity. We always look forward to hosting and enjoy being able to share your vision.”
The Fold: “We very much welcome Worcesteshire Wildlife Trust to our Monthly Markets and having Paul visit with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust pop up information stand outside our Farm Shop and Cafe. The Fold nature trail attracts walkers and families interested in conservation and wildlife, so we find the information stand provides plenty of great complementary resources and opportunities to become more involved with local conservation and information on joining the Worcetsershire Wildlife Trust.”
The Gert Lush Vintage Cycling Jambore: “Thanks to Kevin who did a great effort on the stall – we really appreciate the presence of the Avon Wildlife Trust.”