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International Volunteer Day: Janet's 10 years at Drusillas Park

Janet Tidey's work is appreciated by all Photo: Drusillas Park

For Janet Tidey volunteering is a huge part of everyday life. For the last ten years she has been helping out at her local zoo, Drusillas Park, returning each week to assist and spread a conservation message.

Today is International Volunteer Day, which recognises the contribution volunteers make within their communities.

I absolutely love it. I volunteered at my local swimming club for 28 years but in 2004 I fancied a change and applied to the scheme at Drusillas. It gets me out and about and I have learnt so much from the keepers; I find out something new each time.

– Janet Tidey

As part of the role, Janet helps raise awareness and oversees the zoo’s walkthrough enclosures. She also helps out in the Discovery Centre, educating people about custom seized animal artefacts although her favourite place is alongside the 12 playful residents of Lemurland.

Janet has volunteered at the zoo 174 times this year

Janet has been a loyal asset to the volunteer team for the past 10 years.

Living locally she is able to help us out most weekdays and has in fact given her time on 174 occasions so far this year which to my knowledge is a record number.

We hope that Janet continues to volunteer here for as long as possible, not just because of her passion and commitment to the role but also because she keeps us well stocked up in cake!

– Education Officer and Volunteer Coordinator, Carla Dray

Janet says she has no intention of leaving anytime soon, despite being a mum of six and grandmother to eight children, she plans to continue at the zoo for the foreseeable future.