Venues and events needed!
Like so many others, the Wildlife Trusts have been hit hard by coronavirus. We’re dealing with unprecedented challenges, whilst people are valuing wildlife now more than ever.
We’re working positively and safely with the venues and events able to host our membership stands, but we need many more!
Can you host a stand during this difficult time to support local wildlife? Do you know of a venue or event that can help? Please email Katrina de Haas, Venues and Operations Manager / call 01392 420124.
Spread the word! Download our flyer for venues and events here
How we help your business
- Reflect your support for local wildlife, particularly at a time of heightened environmental awareness
- Create a point of interest with local wildlife information for your customers
- Exhibit your commitment to sustainability
- Complement your seasonal themes and marketing campaigns with a wildlife focus
How we work
Our local membership recruiter attends at an agreed time with an attractive display appropriate to the space, and politely chats to people about the local Wildlife Trust. They offer membership via a paper direct debit mandate form or secure electronic tablet device, and take no cash collections.
Our venue co-ordinators, based in our Exeter head office, have a dedicated Wildlife Trust area and are a friendly, professional point of contact for arranging attendance and answering any queries.
We are a member of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and our membership recruiters work to high standards of conduct. We abide by the Institute of Fundraising code of practice and coronavirus guidelines, hold public liability insurance, and follow a coronavirus-specific risk assessment.
We are 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 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
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.’’
Bristol Water: “So pleased to hear it all went well. Lovely to work with you all.”
Renishaw: “It was a pleasure to have Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust on site…received nothing but positive feedback from colleagues.”
eat:Festivals: “We have worked with Avon Wildlife Trust for over 5 years now. We have always found their back office staff and those that attend events responsive, organised and engaged. Since we restarted post lockdown AWT have reacted positively to our new operating model, adapting their stall and style of interaction. They have played a positive role within the broader trader group – by being helpful and leading by example. We are very pleased to continue to have them as a part of our #eatfestivalsfamily.”
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.”
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.”
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.
Food and drink
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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