This week (1st-7th June) is National Volunteers Week- a series of events set up to celebrate the impact that
volunteers have on our community. Here at Erewash we are grateful to have a large group of volunteers giving us their time and expertise so we’re celebrating all their hard work on Saturday 6th June 11am-2pm. This is a chance for us to have a good time and thank our members but it’s also for anyone thinking about volunteering. Come down, meet the team, and see what we have to offer.
Volunteering is a two-way street: our hard working volunteers give their time and their know-how to the museum but we always give
something in return. These testimonials show some of what our volunteers like about their role:
‘Volunteering is giving me the confidence to apply for training in the job I want’
‘I volunteer to photograph various events that the museum holds such as the 1940's
day last year, which was a huge success. One of the photos I captured there
made it into the Ilkeston Advertiser which gives me a great sense of
achievement and pride. Being able to help out has improved my photographic
skills but also I have met some great people along the way. This helps me to
feel like I'm part of the community, which I now appreciate so much more than
Hannah Taylor, Public Events Assistant
We give our volunteers a space to develop the skills they already have, give them confidence to go out into the world knowing they can contribute their best and be rewarded and appreciated.
But volunteering goes much deeper than the individual. As Hannah the Events Assistant noticed being part of Erewash means being part of a community. Erewash is remarkable in having such a tight-knit community of people all pulling together to create a borough they can be proud of. Our volunteers and staff provide resources for our schools and organise fun days for families to enrich our town. The staff use their knowledge of the local people to produce fascinating displays about our Industrial history, the life of the servant classes and the community in times gone by. We rely on local families to come and enjoy our days, enjoy these resources and enjoy supporting the Museum. We are a community space dedicated to exploring the history of our area and providing a safe and fun place for our visitors.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations writes that voluntary communities create ‘a society where we can make the biggest
difference to the causes we believe in’. What a statement! We, together, can improve our community. The best successes come
from a wide variety of folks working together, pooling all their creativity, to benefit our local community. If you want to be part of that success pop into the museum one day and learn about the lives of your grandparents and great-grandparents:
the people who started this fantastic community. Below is a list of some of our current volunteer roles at Erewash, if you are interested in these or anything else about volunteering please contact Rebecca Buck, our co-ordinator, or
contact us directly for more information.
Our beautiful gardens need some TLC, are you green fingered and willing to lend a hand? Or if you haven’t got much
experience and would like to learn and spend some time outdoors we need help with the upkeep of our lovely grounds.
Handy with a paint brush? We’ll provide all the training you need to get started brightening our grade 2 listed Dalby
House. Our visitors deserve a safe and beautiful environment to learn and explore so if you enjoy practical projects this might be the role for you.
This large site needs some oversight and attention. With some knowledge of maintenance work you could do inspections
and help keep the building safe for our visitors.
If you love books we need your help organising and keeping up our reference library. We provide local history and
reference books for the community which need preserving. If you see spaces in our collection you could help with choosing new works to bring us up to date
Do you enjoy talking to people? Do you have a love of history and your local community? We need a front of house receptionist to welcome our visitors, answer their questions and direct them towards our exhibits.
School Holidays Assistant
During our busiest time we need extra support to assist with our large volume of visitors. We’ll run family days, trails for the museum and workshops and we need volunteers to help with this influx.
Public Events Assistant
For special events we have masses of visitors on site. Why not don a costume and interact with out visitors? Or assist children with craft activities? Or work as a marshal to help visitors follow trails and explore to museum safely. We need your help in making
public days the highlight of the local calendar.
We specialise in local and social history so if that peaks your interest ask about our collections roles. You could
catalogue and care for exhibits, be allotted projects like conservation tasks and even help decide on future items for new exhibits.
The Lally Gallery shows temporary art exhibitions throughout the year, from our collections and from local artists. Your role would be to make sure this fantastic space is kept safe and tidy for visitors, perhaps checking the humidity and temperature instruments to protect the exhibits and even assisting with setting up new exhibitions.
This role can be tailored to suit your needs and skills but it involves working with the Learning team to provide
resources and trails for children. If you are confident about working with children and would like to then you could assist with workshops for schools, developing new resources, or perhaps even working with the community.
Come discuss how your skills and valuable time would be put to use by Erewash Museum! We are flexible, willing to offer training, and very happy to have you join our community. Our roles are flexible and be tailored to suit your needs and skills.
Contact Rebecca Buck, Volunteer Coordinator on 0115 907 1141 or email email@example.com