Volunteer with us

The Enfield Society is run entirely by volunteers—we have no paid employees. If you are interested in helping the Society, you might like to consider the following current roles for which we are looking for volunteers.

If you are interested in anything here, contact us and we’ll be delighted to speak to you further.

Architecture & Planning Group

The Architecture and Planning Group reviews planning applications across the Borough. We would welcome members with general experience and an interest in the planning process who can monitor the weekly planning lists and identify schemes that should involve comments from the Society.

We concentrate on the larger applications rather than domestic applications. We would particularly welcome members who could focus on wards on the east of the Borough. Access to the Internet and the Council’s planning website is essential. The Group meets on a 6 weekly basis at Jubilee Hall. Meetings are usually held on a Friday morning.

Membership & Publicity Group

The Membership & Publicity Group (MPG) has the responsibility of recruiting and retaining members as well as publicising the activities of the Society. The Group meets five times a year. We have a range of roles which are looking for more volunteers. Some of these are considered very important, such as the newsletter editor, with others like the talks organisers and events coordinator being necessary to provide member benefits as well as outreach.

  • Newsletter editor. We would be pleased to help a new volunteer by providing some training on DTP, typography and print-preparation. These could be valuable transferable skills
  • Helping with the web-site. We’d be pleased to train someone on our system, which could provide very useful transferable skills as we use one of the world’s most popular web systems (WordPress)
  • Evening & Morning meeting organisers. These roles book speakers for member talks at Jubilee Hall as well as organise the Hall on the day of the talk. We have a number of volunteers who can help provide refreshments and operate the publication sales table
  • Events coordinator who can book attendance at Borough events for the Society’s gazebo as well as coordinate volunteers to staff the table
  • Helping to run our Social Media feeds
  • Assisting with the monthly e-mails
  • Publicity (traditional and/or electronic)
  • Organising heritage walks / visits, organising private visits to buildings that may be open on Open House Weekend, organising visits to local farms or other organisations which may be of interest to members

Records & Research

The society has an archival collection of papers, prints, transparencies, maps and artefacts that forms the physical history of the Enfield Society. This is a growing collection as often we are offered donations of books and images from members and residents of Enfield.

The Group aims are:

  • to preserve the records of the work of the Enfield Society.
  • To develop and maintain a small library of books on Enfield and its history.
  • To maintain the photo archive on the Society’s web-site, making the collection viewable to all
  • Using these resources to assist in research for Society publications and exhibitions, to answer enquiries from members and the public and to assist in the research for Society publications and exhibitions

The group meets once a month, when we work on logging the collection and answering enquiries.

In particular we are looking for help digitising the many photographs, negatives and transparencies we have in the collection.

Footpaths & Open Spaces

The group is always looking for new volunteers to help. Some example roles include:

  • Planning and leading group walks with the ability to manage up to about 30 participants.
  • Plan and lead short local walks that are taken at a gentle pace.
  • Act as the back-marker for other walks which helps to keep the group together.
  • Adopt a Path or Open Space in Enfield. This involves using it on a fairly regular basis so that you can report any issues such as damaged stiles, gates or fencing, obstructions, litter, vandalism etc direct onto Enfield Council’s website, ideally with photographic evidence.
  • Volunteering to do path clearance: while walking Enfield’s rural paths cut back minor undergrowth beside the path to help keep access open. Report substantial growth or fallen trees direct to Enfield Council via their website.

Trees Group

The Trees Group grows saplings for planting in our parks and other open spaces. The tree nursery is at the Trentwood Side allotments, just north of Enfield Road. Volunteers are welcome who can carry out routine gardening tasks, cutting grass, weeding, pruning as well as tree planting.

Other roles

The Society has a number of other Groups beyond those listed above. Some possible roles include:

  1. Join either the Enfield Chase or Gordon Hill Station Gardening teams. Apart from the gardening activity there is updating of station community notice boards and small DIY jobs. There may be an opportunity to set up similar schemes at other National Rail Stations in the Borough.
  2. Give a talk on a subject with Borough connections.
  3. Get involved with others looking after the New River in the Borough
  4. Get involved with the Edmonton & Eastern Enfield Group by organising four meetings a year at All Saint’s Church Hall.
  5. Help identify areas in the Borough that could do with a visit by the Cleaner Neighbourhood Team and join in “Clean Up” blitzes.

Just contact us about anything here, or if you have an idea that’s not mentioned.

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