Volunteer Training Centre
Since 2015, Rutland Water has been able to offer a little something extra to our volunteers, groups and partners, through our state-of-the-art Volunteer Training Centre. Thanks to the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Anglian Water and many other amazing donors, we are able to support and train volunteers in conservation, countryside and heritage skills. The £1.1m Volunteer Training Centre serves as the hub of an active, supportive community in which volunteers of all ages and backgrounds can reach their full potential for both wildlife and people. We deliver a variety of learning and volunteering activities, all designed to make a real difference to our natural heritage and promote skill sharing between people from all walks of life.
Book the centre for your next group activity
Rutland Water Nature Reserve is well equipped for looking after your group or organisation through our Volunteer Training Centre. Whether you're looking for a wellbeing day, guided walk, a talk, room hire or corporate volunteering, we can cater for your needs. Please see below for our packages.
For more information and to book any of the packages, contact our Volunteer and Events Coordinator via email email@example.com or call 01572 720049.
We offer a range of informative talks to local groups, businesses and organisations about Rutland Water Nature Reserve, our conservation projects, and the wildlife that lives here. Presentations are given by experienced members of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve Team and range from a short 15-20 minute introductory talk (great to add to the beginning of a guided walk) to a more in depth presentation of an hour or more. Talks can take place at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, at one of our visitor centres or the Volunteer Training Centre, depending on the size of the group.
A few of the variety of talks on offer include:
- An Introduction To Rutland Water Nature Reserve
- The Rutland Water Ospreys
- Bird Ringing and Monitoring
- Artificial Sand Martin Banks
- Wildlife Gardening
Up to 80 people: £100.00 + travel expenses*
80 people or more: £150.00 + travel expenses*
*45p per mile. If the speaker is required to travel for more than 3 hours in total, a surcharge of £50.00 is required to cover travel and accommodation
Groups wishing to receive a relaxed introduction to some of our very special wildlife can explore with the help of an experienced member of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve team. Your guide will take you on a journey of nature discovery to see an amazing array of water birds and a host of other wildlife. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the enigmatic water vole or see the flash of a kingfisher. The wildlife you see will depend on the weather and time of year, but we can guarantee a lovely walk in a beautiful location.
£150.00 for a group of up to 15 people for 2 hours
£40.00 for each additional hour thereafter
Please note, access to the nature reserve is by permit only. The prices above are inclusive of a day permit which allows entry to both the Egleton and Lyndon areas of the reserve from dawn until dusk, and covers car parking at both visitor centres.
Our Volunteer Training Centre is an idyllic place to meet with colleagues, inspire your team or gather members of your community group. Just 2 miles from Oakham’s train and bus stations, the Volunteer Training Centre is within easy reach of public transport and is just a short drive from the A1, A47 and A606. Our car park has space for up to 40 cars (4 spaces are reserved for blue badge holders).
We have two meeting spaces available to hire:
The main training room is located on the ground floor and is our largest meeting space, seating up to 40 people (theatre style). This multifunctional space could accommodate workshops, larger meetings or seminars, training sessions or talks. Audio visual equipment, laptop and laser pointer, lectern and flip charts are all available on request. The ground floor is fully accessible, complete with accessible toilet and wet room.
Lagoon View Meeting Room
Our upstairs meeting space can accommodate up to 20 people boardroom style and boasts a stunning view overlooking the reserve’s lagoon 4. Complete with a three seater-sofa, two armchairs and coffee table this room is ideal for smaller groups wishing to meet in a more informal setting or make the most of the extra special view to inspire your team. Audio visual equipment, laptop and laser pointer, lectern and flip charts are all available on request. Please note that the upstairs meeting room is accessed via a flight of stairs. At the moment we are unable to offer a stair lift facility but hope to in the future.
Half day (9am-12:30pm/12:30pm-4pm) £150.00
Full day (9am-4pm) £250.00
Evening (4pm-9pm) £175.00*
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
*25% discount for charities
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at additional cost of £2.25 per person.
We are unable to offer a catering facility but are happy to provide details of local companies who can help.
Access to the nature reserve is by permit only, if you would like to walk out on the reserve you will need to purchase a permit at an additional cost (click here for details).
Our friendly staff and volunteers will be sure to make you feel at home and are on hand to make sure you enjoy your time here.
If you are visiting Rutland Water Nature Reserve for one of our two-day courses and need somewhere to stay, the Volunteer Training Centre (VTC) can provide a simple yet comfortable night’s sleep on a budget, in a beautiful setting. The VTC sleeps up to eight people in our two bunk rooms. You may have to share your room with up to three other people (this will be single sex whenever possible); there are four single bunk beds per room. The rooms have been designed to provide basic overnight accommodation for Rutland Water Nature Reserve; you must provide your own duvet and pillow, bed linen, towels, toiletries, food and drink. A fridge, freezer, basic kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery are provided as well as tea, coffee and milk. The ground floor of the building is fully accessible, complete with accessible toilet and wet room. There are two separate shower rooms for guests.
There is a charge of £15.00 per person, per night payable at the time of booking.
You can check in any time after 3pm on the day of your course. Check out time is 10am. You will be met on arrival by a member of the VTC team who will allocate you your bunk, locker and keys. You are welcome to leave the site in the evening, but please be aware that the gates to the car park, and the building itself will be locked by 11pm.
Corporate Volunteering Day
Spending time in nature is proven to boost wellbeing - Join us at Rutland Water Nature Reserve for a Corporate Volunteering Day and experience the benefits for yourself!
Our volunteer days aim to inspire, connect and engage you with nature, wildlife and your colleagues. The day will provide a great team building experience outside of the office giving you the opportunity to help us complete important conservation tasks on the reserve and learn more about our work.
Meeting at the Volunteer Training Centre, your group will be given an introductory talk about our work and a welcome hot drink, you will then spend a few hours with our experienced reserve staff completing a volunteer task, lunch will be provided.
- £50 per person for a group of 10-15 employees
- This charge includes a light lunch and covers the cost of planning and delivering your volunteering day, as well as helping our charity
Please note: Due to staff capacity and existing regular volunteering groups, we can only take on a limited number of corporate volunteering groups throughout the year. All corporate volunteering days are currently facilitated at Rutland Water Nature Reserve and require payment. Tasks are decided depending on the time of year and current work plans. We will do our best to facilitate to your group so please do get in touch.
Wild Wellbeing Day
Our Wild Wellbeing Days offer your employees the opportunity to spend the day surrounded by nature, whilst discovering ways to look after their health and wellbeing.
The wellbeing day will be facilitated in the beautiful and calming surroundings of Rutland Water Nature Reserve, starting and finishing at the Volunteer Training Centre. Your group will learn more about our important conservation work, experience the amazing wildlife on the reserve and enjoy a relaxed guided walk amongst the calm sights, sounds and wonders of nature. As part of the day, you will also be treated to a locally sourced lunch at our Volunteer Training Centre.
£50 per person for a group of 10-15 employees which includes lunch and refreshments, a guided walk, a talk and a guided activity that promotes wellbeing and connecting with nature.
Each experience day will differ depending on the time of year and staff availability, but will be agreed with you beforehand.
Rutland Water volunteer centre was a fantastic centrally located venue for our team training day. The centre facilities are excellent and the location within the reserve meant I could include a much needed outdoor element to the day. To top it off the sun was shining!Forestry Commission
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Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre
The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre also offers a range of activities and room hire for all ages, including birthday parties, corporate hire and educational visits. These are not organised through Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, so please visit the Anglian Water website and contact them directly to discuss your needs.