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CARP CHAT
Volunteers needed for Building Bridges Project
The highly successful Building
Bridges Project now seeks volunteers
to support its inspirational work educating and integrating migrant
anglers from central and eastern
Europe.
Building Bridges, which has a small
but dedicated team, is looking to
increase its reach and support of the
angling community by setting up a
network of volunteers, starting with
two in each of the Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Support Service’s
six English regions.
The volunteers will work closely
with Building Bridges Project Officers, Regional Enforcement Managers and the Voluntary Bailiff Service, supporting clubs, fisheries and
the migrant angling communities
through the provision of multi-lingual
information. Volunteers will receive
appropriate training and be directly
supported by Project Manager Jan
Kansik.
National Volunteers Manager Karen
Sarkar said: “There are many anglers
out there keen to put something back
into the sport we all love and this is
another opportunity provided by the
Angling Trust and Environment
Agency to do just that. Volunteers are
essential to our work, and we are
committed to providing such opportunities, ensuring that our volunteers
receive the best in support and training. This is a great opportunity to support an already successful initiative.”
Building Bridges Project Manager
Jan Kansik said: “By first creating a
small network of volunteers throughout England, we can lay the foundation for a bigger network in future.
This would greatly expand upon the
good work our Project Officers
already do and is a really exciting initiative.
Obviously, the ability to speak both
English and another language such
as Polish, Lithuanian or Romanian
would be an advantage because the
role involves liaising with angling
clubs and fisheries.
“We also would like British anglers
to come aboard, to help with introductions to angling clubs and fisheries, and raise awareness of what
Building Bridges can do to help them.
A network of volunteers would really
help us get out there, visiting more
clubs and fisheries, and ensuring that
everyone has access to the resources
we can provide. Ideally, we would like
our volunteers to consider supporting
us at least two hours per week,
although this is entirely flexible.”
Building Bridges is part of the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service
and funded by freshwater fishing
licences through the National
Angling Strategic Services contract
awarded by the Environment Agency
to the Angling Trust. n
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