Thursday, 23 June 2011

Volunteers - Volunteers needed for Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Nottingham City Council is seeking volunteers to help at Nottingham Castle, Brewhouse Yard, Green's Windmill, Wollaton Halland Newstead Abbey.

To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering, Nottingham City Council is supporting local people to be able to volunteer and engage with the work that is done in museums and galleries. Volunteers play a very valuable role, enhancing the visitor experience, whether they carry out work directly with the public or behind the scenes.

We are looking for people who can spare some time to join our friendly team of volunteers in a variety of exciting new roles across the museum sites. These roles range from helping with fun family learning activities, working at events, supporting our local industrial heritage, or working with our fascinating collections.

We will be holding two induction days for volunteers on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July at Wollaton Hall. These induction days will introduce potential volunteers to the museum service and the specific roles available to them. Booking in advance is essential - please call Jenna Stevens on 0115 876 2205.

The volunteering opportunities offer many benefits:

• Meet new people and make new friends
• Increase your confidence and gain new skills
• Gain valuable work experience within a museum
• Have a fun and enjoyable experience!

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. No experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to want to help out. Training will be provided, and reasonable travel expenses are paid.

Whatever your interests or skills, we would love to hear from you.

Emma Lowton, Family Learning Volunteer for the backpacks at Nottingham Castle, said: "For me, volunteering with the Museum Service is a great way to enjoy Nottingham's unique heritage, and share that enjoyment with others. I love seeing families enjoying their visit to the Castle. And knowing that I've contributed to that is extremely rewarding."

Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said, "Nottingham City Council values the fantastic work done by volunteers. The Museums' volunteering programme offers an excellent opportunity to introduce many people to what Nottingham has to offer and to enable them to develop lifelong skills."

For further information on the opportunities available and how to apply please contact: Jenna Stevens, Volunteer Programme Co-ordinator, Nottingham City Museum and Galleries. Email: Tel: 0115 876 2205

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