Erewash Museum already has a brilliant team of volunteers, some who we see regularly and some who can only help us out at special events. They help in all areas of the Museum including working with the artefacts in our collections, assisting with school visits and helping front of house staff on event days. 2015 is an exciting year for the Museum, with the work beginning on the Heritage Lottery funded 'Old Stables at Dalby House' project. The funding for this project has allowed the Museum to recruit a new part-time Volunteer Coordinator, Rebecca Buck, who started just before Christmas.
Rebecca is here two days a week and will be focusing all of her efforts on making sure everyone knows what a great place Erewash Museum is to volunteer at, and making the experience even better for the volunteer team. We will be advertising the specific roles we have available for volunteers through our website, Facebook and local volunteering forums and hoping to recruit lots of new team members – so spread the word!
As the 'Old Stables at Dalby House' project progresses, we will also be creating brand new volunteering opportunities, particularly related to the opening of our new café. So if you'd like to volunteer but you're more interested in working with coffee and cake than with exhibitions and visitors, watch this space. We'll let you know when new volunteering opportunities arise.
We always welcome volunteers who want to work with visitors, school groups or with our collections. We're also looking for some hands on, practical team members to help us with maintenance. To find out more, check the Get Involved page of the website, where you will see what openings we currently have on offer.
We know how valuable your time is. You can volunteer at Erewash Museum for as little as one hour a week, or only on special event days, or you can come in for more hours and be more involved. Whatever suits you, we're grateful you want to share your time with us and contribute to the Museum. But what makes volunteering here worthwhile?
Don't just take our word for it!
This is what Linda Webster, one of our volunteer Learning Assistants, has to say:
"I decided to volunteer at the Erewash Museum when I stopped being a class teacher, and just did some supply teaching, because I missed the children. I didn't want to volunteer in a school. I chose the Museum because it's a local award-winning attraction. I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity of helping with school parties because it meant that I could do what I love - interacting with children. Everyone at the Museum has always made me feel welcome and appreciated."
So what can you do?
There are several volunteer roles currently available. These are: Customer Services Assistant, Gallery Assistant, Collections Assistant, Gardening Assistant, General Maintenance Assistant, Learning Assistant, Reference Library Assistant and Public Events Assistant.
How do you apply?
If one or more of the volunteer roles we have available interests you, please do let us know! You will find an enquiry form on the Get Involved page of the website. Complete the form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. We'll send you our full application form and make arrangements to have an informal chat with you about what you'd like to get out of volunteering with us, what you're interested in doing while you're here and your availability.
After that, there's a little bit of paperwork. All of our volunteers need a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. This is just a way of making sure everyone is safe and in an appropriate role. So you will have to bring us some forms of identification – which we will guide you through – so we can apply for the certificate.
It usually takes about a month for a DBS certificate to arrive. Once you have it, and we've taken a copy, you're ready to start! We'll share our Volunteer Agreement with you, so we all know where we stand. On your first day, you'll receive a full induction, be introduced to the Museum team and given clear information about what we'd like you to do while you're here. Someone from the team will always be available for you to talk to, and discuss your role. Every few months, we'll have a brief meeting, to make sure you're happy and to see if you want to change anything. When training opportunities or new roles arise, we'll make sure we let you know.
If this sounds good to you, please do have a look at our Get Involved page – we look forward to hearing from you.