Bank’s cash helps to fund education officer position

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The Manx Wildlife Trust has announced that Nedbank Private Wealth’s sponsorship of the nature conservation charity’s key education officer post has been extended.

As a long-standing supporter of the Manx Wildlife Trust, Nedbank Private Wealth stepped in last year with 12 months’ financial support for the post when it was seriously under threat due to funding issues.

It did not say how much money was involved.The sponsorship arrangement was due to come to an end on January 31.

However, with a revised funding plan for the post due to take effect from April 1, which will see costs split equally between the Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture, the Department of Education and Children and the Manx Wildlife Trust, the bank offered to bridge the funding gap to ensure that there won’t be any interruption in the service provided by the education officer.

Throughout the year, the education officer works with more than 3,000 children in environmental education activities.

Working with schools, youth clubs, Brownie packs and many other organisations for young people the education officer takes the children on field trips to allow them to experience, for example, rock-pooling, bird spotting and pond dipping in a fun and safe environment.

Wildlife-related classroom activities are also organised to tie in with national curriculum topics.

In addition, the Manx Wildlife Trust’s current education officer, Kath Smith, has recently been working closely with the staff of Nedbank Private Wealth and their families leading a rock-pooling session at Scarlett, a beach clean at the Trust’s Cronk y Bing nature reserve and holding a bird feeder workshop for staff.

Janet Taylor, senior executive to the managing director at Nedbank Private Wealth, said: ‘Our staff are delighted that a long-term funding solution for the post of education officer has been found and are proud that the bank has helped in the interim.

‘My colleagues and their families really enjoyed learning about Manx wildlife with Kath and are relieved to know that young children in the future will also be given that fantastic opportunity with the role now secured for the foreseeable future.’

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