As a charity, the Friends of Craigtoun rely heavily on volunteers in all areas of the park and, although we have a great core team, we are always in need of more.
Craigtoun is run by a board of volunteer directors and has a small team of permanent staff, which is supplemented by volunteers and seasonal staff.
We have a huge variety of activities that potential new volunteers can get involved in such as tractor / train driving, supervising attractions, cafe assistance, gardening, painting, maintenance, fund raising and even face painting! We have several larger projects that will require some project management and lots of hands on work. Whether you are available for regular volunteering or one-off events, we would love to hear from you.
As well as individual volunteers, we have also welcomed groups from local and national businesses to the park and benefited from their services either in one-off volunteer days or a series of days organised as part of their company’s Corporate Volunteering programme. We would be delighted to have more of these volunteers in the park so if you think this is something that your workplace might be interested in, please get in touch.
To give you an inside perspective on volunteering at Craigtoun, some of our regular volunteers kindly agreed to contribute to our recent Spotlight On Volunteering blog post series, and you can now link to their stories below.
Several years ago, I was advised to attend an NHS sponsored fitness class in Cupar as I had health problems and it was there that I met Tom, a volunteer at Craigtoun Country Park, and Kyff Roberts, who was the Chairman of the Friends of Craigtoun Country Park. I live just five minutes away from the Park in Strathkinness but had not visited the place in over 30 years.Read More
When I heard that Craigtoun was in danger of closing and that a determined group of people were going to try and ensure that didn’t happen, I was only too glad to help in any way I could. Like many people in this area, I had known and loved Craigtoun all my life and the thought of losing this gem didn’t bear thinking about.Read More
When Robert and myself took early retirement and moved back to St Andrews, after being away for nearly twenty years, we were very keen to get involved in local volunteering. We had found that, while we were living overseas, volunteering was a great way to meet people and also to give back to the community. So, becoming a member of Friends of Craigtoun was an obvious choice for us.Read More
Fife Council’s Pupil Support Service is part of a multi-agency support team which helps pupils who are experiencing significant challenges in their lives. The aim is to make sure that education is available to these pupils, regardless of their personal circumstances, and this includes supporting children for whom inclusion in school and their communities can be problematic. At Craigtoun, we have been fortunate enough to benefit from the work of a Pupil Support Service team over the past few months and this is their story, in their wordsRead More