Nuneaton & Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Nuneaton & Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Nuneaton & Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.nuneatonwildlife.co.uk

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The value of on-site childcare
Offering on-site childcare can help
employers both attract and retain
talent. A study by childcare provider
Bright Horizons found that employees
were 78 per cent less likely to leave
an employer because of childcare
issues if they had access to a
workplacenursery.
Similarly, the Modern Families Index
2015 suggested 59 per cent of parents
would consider their childcare options
before applying for a promotion or a
new job, with 40 per cent stating they
would give up a week of paid leave for
dependable childcare.
Despite some progress, women still
tend to manage the bulk of childcare
issues and value childcare support
highly. At a senior level especially, this
could help broaden opportunities for
more women in top jobs.
Increasingly, however, fathers looking
at new roles are also assessing whether
a position can support a better work–
life balance and enable them to take
an active part in caring for their child.
For example, 68 per cent of younger
working fathers drop their children off
at school.
Employees who feel comfortable
balancing work and childcare, and are
supported to do so, tend to value their
employer more and are less likely to
leave. A global survey by Hay Group
found that 27 per cent of employees
in organisations not supporting a
work–life balance planned to leave the
company within the next two years.
Furthermore, supportive employers
also tend to retain greater numbers
of mothers after they return from
maternity leave. In fact, 86 per cent
of mothers who had access to five or
more family-friendly options in their
workplace returned to work after having
a baby, compared with 42 per cent who
were offered no such arrangements.
As an employer I find these statistics
of interest. My business is heart-led,
however, and my company motto is
family first. I’m a gut health expert. I
go with my gut.
I’m not just setting up Chuckling
Kids because the numbers work.
I’m doing it for my own employees
who otherwise will struggle to find
decent childcare facilities, pay up to
45 per cent of their monthly earnings
to childcare facilities and make their
lives so much more difficult than they
should be.
I’m doing it so that mothers can
breastfeed, fathers can pop down
in their lunch hour and kids can be
well looked after, knowing that their
parents are just around the corner.
It will make my team happier, make
their children healthier and do our
little bit to lift avoidable weight
from the NHS. It will make our little
corner of the world in southwest
Wales more beautiful, happier and
moreproductive.
Our business
is heart-led;
our motto is
‘family first’
Co-founders Shann
and Richard Jones, with
Annie the Goat
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Owner and Founder
GeoffreyGrewcock
Bramble and Buttercup –
resident roe deer
For the past 18 years, the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife
Sanctuary has been at the heart of wildlife protection and
conservation in the Midlands. The sanctuary’s mission is to
rescue, rehabilitate and release all of the country’s native and
non-native species of wildlife, and it relies entirely on donations
and the work of volunteers. After Founder Geoff Grewcock
suffered an accident during his career as a security cash guard,
he used the compensatory funds to pursue his lifelong passion
for animals. What began as the care and rehabilitation of a
single injured swan soon blossomed into a full-time position and
subsequently a successful local charity.
In the years that have followed, the sanctuary has been home to over 62,000 birds
and animals, and the need for it increases year on year. We now rely on a team
of dedicated volunteers to share the workload of caring for the area’s wildlife
everyday.
Variety is the spice of life
At NWWS, no two days are the same, and our volunteers have been everywhere,
from wading through Nuneaton’s canals in order to free trapped seagulls, to
collaborating with the police force to care for mistreated snakes at crime scenes.
Regardless of the nature of the case, our priorities for all wildlife remain the same;
cleaning the animal, providing it with food and water, and undertaking thorough
health checks are our core duties of care.
FACTS ABOUT
NUNEATON & WARWICKSHIRE
WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
»Owner and Founder:
GeoffreyGrewcock
»Founded in 2001
»Located in Nuneaton
»Services: Wildlife rescue
»No. of employees: Around 17
»Currently home to over 130
animals
Nuneaton & Warwickshire
Wildlife Sanctuary
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As the sanctuary’s popularity continues
to grow, the residents have gradually
claimed my home as their own, taking
over my garden and slowly making
their way inside my house. Setting our
charity in my home enables us to build
close relationships with our volunteers,
as well as allowing us to engage with
the local community, whose support is
invaluable to us.
Passionate about wildlife
rehabilitation
Our sanctuary is unique in that it
is run entirely by volunteers, which
reflects the passion we all share
for rehabilitating Britain’s wildlife.
Despite being an unpaid workforce,
our staff are highly recommended by
other leading national animal welfare
agencies, reflecting the high regard
in which we are held, both in our
immediate area and in the Midlands as
a whole.
Since achieving our registered charity
status, the sanctuary has grown
dramatically, particularly with regard
to our exposure in the media and in
the local area. This in turn enables us
to generate more support and funds
from farther afield. We are Petplan’s
2019 charity of the year and have
also worked alongside the charity
Rays of Sunshine to provide wildlife
experiences for terminally ill children.
Wildlife watchers
Our work has been recognised, and I
have personally been acknowledged
with several local community awards,
including the Chief Superintendent
commendation from Warwickshire
police, who have long been advocates
of our work.
We have featured in a number of
television programmes, most recently
CBeebies’ Rory and Fearne’s Vet
Tales, and Channel 5’s My Houseful
of Animals. Coverage such as this is
crucial for increasing our fundraising
and for our ability to care for ever
higher numbers of cases.
All of these funds are focused on
the care of our resident wildlife;
however, collaboration with external
organisations allows us to carry
out more ambitious and large-scale
initiatives in our community. We are
pioneers of the Warwickshire Wildlife
Watchers scheme, which is funded by
the Warwickshire Chief Commissioner
and operates across the country to
Regardless of
the nature of
the case, our
priorities for
all wildlife
remain the
same; cleaning
the animal,
providing it
with food and
water, and
undertaking
thorough
health checks
are our core
duties of care
After their nest was
attacked, Geoff and
his team reared these
woodpeckers back to
health and released them
Top: Mange ridden fox - successfully
released after three months of
treatment and recuperation
Bottom: Swan with gunshot wound Fledglings – disturbed nest
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As the sanctuary’s popularity continues
to grow, the residents have gradually
claimed my home as their own, taking
over my garden and slowly making
their way inside my house. Setting our
charity in my home enables us to build
close relationships with our volunteers,
as well as allowing us to engage with
the local community, whose support is
invaluable to us.
Passionate about wildlife
rehabilitation
Our sanctuary is unique in that it
is run entirely by volunteers, which
reflects the passion we all share
for rehabilitating Britain’s wildlife.
Despite being an unpaid workforce,
our staff are highly recommended by
other leading national animal welfare
agencies, reflecting the high regard
in which we are held, both in our
immediate area and in the Midlands as
a whole.
Since achieving our registered charity
status, the sanctuary has grown
dramatically, particularly with regard
to our exposure in the media and in
the local area. This in turn enables us
to generate more support and funds
from farther afield. We are Petplan’s
2019 charity of the year and have
also worked alongside the charity
Rays of Sunshine to provide wildlife
experiences for terminally ill children.
Wildlife watchers
Our work has been recognised, and I
have personally been acknowledged
with several local community awards,
including the Chief Superintendent
commendation from Warwickshire
police, who have long been advocates
of our work.
We have featured in a number of
television programmes, most recently
CBeebies’ Rory and Fearne’s Vet
Tales, and Channel 5’s My Houseful
of Animals. Coverage such as this is
crucial for increasing our fundraising
and for our ability to care for ever
higher numbers of cases.
All of these funds are focused on
the care of our resident wildlife;
however, collaboration with external
organisations allows us to carry
out more ambitious and large-scale
initiatives in our community. We are
pioneers of the Warwickshire Wildlife
Watchers scheme, which is funded by
the Warwickshire Chief Commissioner
and operates across the country to
Regardless of
the nature of
the case, our
priorities for
all wildlife
remain the
same; cleaning
the animal,
providing it
with food and
water, and
undertaking
thorough
health checks
are our core
duties of care
After their nest was
attacked, Geoff and
his team reared these
woodpeckers back to
health and released them
Top: Mange ridden fox - successfully
released after three months of
treatment and recuperation
Bottom: Swan with gunshot wound Fledglings – disturbed nest
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prevent criminal mistreatment of
wildlife, with the aim of introducing
higher levels of prosecution for
offences of cruelty to animals. An
ongoing personal project is the Wildlife
Warriors education initiative, which
involves visits to local schools to both
showcase our charity work and raise
awareness of our country’s vast array
of wild birds and animals.
We hope to expand the media profile
in the coming years and to continue to
raise funds for our charity.
Professionalising wildlife care
Despite all our recent successes, there
is a significant challenge faced by all
wildlife charities, which continues to
present a barrier to our work. Currently,
there is no legislation that prevents
members of the public from establishing
their own wildlife sanctuaries,
regardless of a lack of qualifications.
At NWWS, we provide veterinary care
on site or at our sponsored practice, a
hospital facility for severely ill or injured
wildlife. We also ensure access to
restricted veterinary medications, and
extensive recovery and rehabilitation
units, which distinguishes our level of
care from less well-equippedsanctuaries.
There is an ever-increasing number of
inadequately skilled and inexperienced
individuals taking in wildlife to their
homes. While well intended, this not
only is detrimental to the welfare of
the animal but also severely detracts
from the number of rehabilitations
we can carry out. This also fails
to recognise the level of skill and
dedication required to provide a
suitable standard of care for these
animals. If regulations could be put
in place to limit this behaviour, that
would allow the sector of animal
welfare to be professionalised further.
We also find that resources such
as Google foster a culture that
discourages people from seeking
expert help and we hope that by
boosting our media profile we can
change this.
If we continue to gain exposure for
our cause and our organisation, we
can attract more volunteers and funds,
to rescue, rehabilitate and release an
unprecedented number of birds and
animals back into their habitats, and
to do our bit to care for our great
British wildlife. The future of the
NWWS, and British wildlife as a whole,
looks bright.
Our mission is
to rescue,
rehabilitate
and release
injured and
sick wildlife
Baby hedgehogBarn owl

www.nuneatonwildlife.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Nuneaton & Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development