Talks

WRAS founder & operations director Trevor Weeks MBE
WRAS founder & operations director Trevor Weeks MBE

 

WRAS currently has the following presentations which can be undertaken at schools, colleges, universities and community groups:

The Work of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

This is a general PowerPoint presentation, using picture and video, approximately one hour. The majority of the presentation is taken up by showing some of the casualties WRAS deals with and the situations which WRAS finds itself being called to, but it also gives some background on the charity, how it started, as well as how the organisation is run and funded.  This presentation does not show any graphic images. This presentation is updated at least twice a year to ensure that photos and videos are up to date.

Hedgehog Awareness

This PowerPoint presentation which includes photos and video, lasts about 1 hour. It looks specifically at hedgehogs, their ecology, where they live, population, myths, problems, hazards and what to do if you find a hedgehog and how you can help.  This presentation does not show any graphic images.

 What is Wildlife?

This is a basic presentation aimed at 7-11 year olds and covers identification of wild animals, wild animal habitats and diets as well as common causes of illness and injury to wild animals. This talk last about 40 minutes. It also takes a look at some of the animals that WRAS has rescued previously and encourages an understanding of and empathy towards British wildlife.  It also runs through some of WRAS's longest, most dangerous and unusual rescues.

Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release.

This PowerPoint presentation includes photos and video, can be edited to last from 60 minutes to 180 minutes.  The presentation looks at the principles of Wildlife First Aid, the Production Line of Wildlife Rescue looking at everything from the initial phone call, site assessment, approach, methods of capture, hospitalisation, when to euthanase, methods of release as well as looking at various rescue situations and types of injuries dealt with. This presentation is aimed at colleges and universities and people studying animal or wildlife care courses. This presentation DOES include graphic images. Not suitable for those under 16.

These sessions can also include one of WRAS's main veterinary ambulances visiting and a tour of the vehicle, the equipment carrier and available for use on the ambulances.

Assembly, Ambulance Tour, and Educational Trailer.

WRAS is able to attend primary and secondary schools and undertake an assembly (either the "What is Wildlife Presentation for primary or "Work of the Wildlife Rescue" for Secondary Schools) followed by a tour of one of WRAS's main ambulances looking at the equipment carried and what it is used for and then being allowed to look round WRAS's educational trailer.

This normally takes place over a morning or afternoon for approximately 3 hours. limited availability.

Video Clips:

This is an example of some of the rescues which are involved in our presentations:

Costs:

Community Groups: WRAS asks for a minimum donation of £50 for talks up to 1 hour.

Talks booked for 1st July 2022 or after:

Small Groups (Less than 50 people): £55

Large Groups (50 or more people): £65

Schools and Colleges:

30-60 minutes talks/assembly cost £60 increasing to £75 as of 1st July 2022.

1-3 Hour - Ambulance Tour and Talk: We ask for a minimum donation of £150 this can either be a talk or multiple talks or an assembly, ambulance tour - over approximately 3 hours - i.e. covering 9am till 12 noon or 1pm till 4pm.

An all day Basic Wildlife First Aid & Rescue course can be arrange at £200  (plus £1 per person for materials). This consists of three 90-120 minute lectures covering the background, legality, principles and aims of wildlife rescue, capture, and first aid as well as looking at the various types of rescue calls we attend and how the situations are approached and dealt with.  This course does not look at the veterinary or rehabilitation of wildlife but more what the public should be aware of or those looking at being involved in wildlife rescue.

Talks for Fundraising Purposes:  If the talk is being used as a fundraiser or attendees are charged for attending the talk, WRAS asks for a minimum donation as listed for the community talks above or £1.50 per person attending which ever is the greater.

Travel: Currently talks books in East Sussex are not charged travel expenses. Talks book for after 1st July 2022, will now be charged travel expenses regardless of their location. This is currently charged at 35p a mile (subject to change). Fees should be agreed at the time of booking.

Accommodation:  Cheap accommodation may be charged  in addition to the above where the talk starts early or finishes late and the distance to the talk is a substantial distance away from WRAS's base.

If you are interested in booking a talk or presentation, please phone 01825873003.

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