Call for Volunteers at the County Museum

Beth Broadway and Diana Foster, Museum Volunteers, supervising this week's dinosaur themed craft activity sessions

Beth Broadway and Diana Foster, Museum Volunteers, supervising this week's dinosaur themed craft activity sessions

First published in County Bulletin

Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle is on the lookout for individuals willing to volunteer their time to help with special events and school holiday activities.

The Museum, based in the beautiful Grade 1 listed building just 4 miles from Kidderminster and 10 miles from Worcester, is interested in hearing from anyone who may be interested in joining their team of volunteers.

One roles on offer is Event Volunteer for our special event which include family fun days, historic re-enactments, Transport shows and Country Fairs. Volunteers are involved in a wide range of tasks from helping on running competitions and raffles to meeting & greeting the visitors, assisting in the shop, organising car parking and helping out with the BBQ and refreshment stand to name but a few. Or the more arty out there may prefer to become an Activities Volunteer assisting children with the wide range of art and craft activities the museum puts on during half terms and school holidays.

Worcestershire County Museum's Visitor Experience Manager Rachel Robinson, said: “Volunteering at the Museum is a great way to keep active, meet new people, and have fun. Our volunteers get a wonderful sense of satisfaction in knowing they have been able to make a visitor's day more enjoyable or have helped a child to engage more with the past. And of course what a beautiful location to spend some time in! We saw coverage on TV of the volunteers at the Olympics really enjoying their experience and I'm hoping it may have inspired others to get more involved with volunteering within their communities."

Volunteers would ideally work one or two days per month. Event volunteers are needed for weekends and Bank Holidays. Activities Volunteers are needed for mid-week days during school holidays.

Volunteers at the Museum will have their travel expenses reimbursed and will also be entitled to discounts in the Museum's shop and cafe.

Current volunteer Beth Broadway, 23, from Hartlebury has been volunteering at the Museum during our summer craft activities as part of her MA in Museum Studies, she says: 'The placement has offered me a chance to gain some invaluable experience for my CV and to feel I am making a difference in my local community."

Diana Foster, 72, from Kidderminster has been a volunteer at the Museum for over 10 years and has enjoyed every minute of it, she says: "I really love the interaction with the children and the chance to help a museum that I care about to really thrive. I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone wanting to try something new." For more information about the opportunities or for an application form please speak to Rachel on 01299 250416, email museum@worcestershire.gov.uk or visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

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