Norfolk Master Composters started in November 2006. The main aim of the programme is to raise awareness amongst the wider public of the benefits of composting, through a network of volunteer advisors.
Since its inception, 284 trained volunteers have spent over 10,000 hours promoting home composting in the county.
The Norfolk programme operates as a partnership between Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council.
Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.
There are Master Composters of every age group and they come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts of communities that other compost promoting activities cannot.
Master Composters promote composting in a variety of ways. This could include giving a demonstration to a next–door neighbour or friend, giving a presentation at a local school, giving a talk to a local community group, writing articles for the local paper, parish magazine or newsletter, attending an event with a display or helping establish a community/village composting scheme.
Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Master Composter; you don’t need to be a composter already or have any volunteer or community group experience.
As a volunteer you will receive free training in home composting and related environmental issues provided by Garden Organic (formerly HDRA). The initial training is a two-day foundation course and the next one will be held in March 2021 in Norfolk (the recently advertised course in March 2020 is now full). Travel expenses to and from the training will be reimbursed and lift sharing will be arranged where possible.
All trainees get a Master Composter resource pack and a visit to a composting site as part of the course. Once the training has been completed, you will be expected to spend 30 hours over the following year promoting home composting as a volunteer (ie not as part of a paid position).
Becoming a Master Composter is a great way to meet new people, learn valuable skills, and benefit from being part of a team that makes a difference.
If you are interested in attending the training course and becoming a Master Composter email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0344 800 8020.