What to bring

COVID-19 outbreak: On 2021-05-11 the Scottish Government released an update to the Coronavirus restrictions in force. The relaxation of restrictions is proceeding according to plan and indicates the general level of risk is acceptable. Our tasks in the Edinburgh area resumed in April and we are undertaking tasks elsewhere as well.

Therefore our task programme to the end of June will continue. Hope to see you on task soon.

The LCV trustees' view is that LCV, a registered charity provides "voluntary and charitable services" and "an organised [outdoor] activity". These activities are expressly permitted in the relevant legislation. We may adopt other measures (e.g. restricting numbers) where it is appropriate to do so for the safety of our clients and volunteers.

What we provide

We will provide all of the tools and equipment that you need and we have gloves that anyone can borrow. We can also lend you wellington boots, waterproof jackets and waterproof trousers if you do not have your own.

What to bring with you

You need to be prepared to work outside all day, whatever the weather, and so you will need:

  1. Warm, tough clothes and plenty of spare layers to put on if you get cold.
  2. A waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers. These are not optional. However, we do have some we can lend you for your first few trips out. When you book tell us what you need to borrow and give us a rough idea of your size. You may also want to borrow our kit if you have expensive waterproofs that you would prefer not to wreck. Even the best weather-proof jackets are sadly not thorn-proof.
  3. Sturdy boots or wellies. We recommend boots with steel toecaps if you have them but can lend you wellies. When you book tell us that you need them and what size you are.
  4. Your lunch and a drink. On hot sunny days you will need 1.5 to 2 litres of water.
  5. A face covering is required if travelling on our minibus.
  6. A personal bottle of alcohol hand sanitiser is recommended. While sanitiser is available on task, having your own supply will be more convenient.
  7. Bringing your own pair of protective work gloves is recommended. While LCV has work gloves for volunteers to use these are communal and thus not ideal in the current situation. Suitable gloves are very cheap and are sold as "rigger gloves" in any good DIY store.
  8. Depending on the time of year, suntan lotion and insect repellent are also useful.

Please make sure that your tetanus vaccination is up to date before coming on task with us.

Residentials

If you have been on a day task with us before and are now coming on a residential trip then you will also need kit for an overnight stay including:

  1. A complete change of clothes so that you can change out of your work gear in the evening.
  2. Bedding - depending on where we are staying you may need to supply sheets / a sleeping bag.
  3. A wash-kit and towel.
  4. Anything else you need to be away for a night.
  5. Snacks - we supply food (usually vegetarian and in generous quantities) at cost price but if you want extra chocolate or like the occasional drink of an evening then you need to bring supplies with you.
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