Our volunteer family
People volunteer for a variety of different reasons but if you were to ask any of our volunteer team there isn’t one who would say they do it for the recognition but recognise them we do. We recognise and appreciate every hour they give to making the museum what it is today. We never forget that the museum simply couldn’t function or operate the services it does without the continued support of our volunteers.
Annual Awards Evening
One of the ways we like to thank our volunteers is at the annual awards evening held every year in June during national volunteer’s week. It is an opportunity for all staff and councillors to come along and spend quality time with our amazing team, including the ones who are usually busy behind the scenes. More importantly, it gives the volunteers themselves the opportunity to meet people they might not normally encounter in their role. As well as the lovely food, provided by the café staff, volunteers can look forward to the awards themselves which celebrate just exactly how much time they gave the previous year. The coveted ‘Milestone Awards’ are always good fun, these little pebbles representing either 100 or 500 hundred hours bring out a good-natured competitive streak amongst the team. That said be it 1 hour or 1000 hours that our volunteers give each year the awards evening is enjoyed by all and is one of the highlights of our museum calendar.
Outings & Trips
Something we are keen to build on for our volunteers is the success we have had with outings and trips. In the past, we have had great fun visiting other heritage sites in the area and holding social events such as a picnic in the park. We have also had volunteers from other heritage venues come to us for visits which is also something we would like to build on.
It is not just what our volunteers do that is important it is also what they see, hear and think! Feedback from our volunteers is invaluable because it lets us know if we are getting it right. If our volunteers are happy our visitors are happy and that makes us happy. ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ is a way for volunteers to come and chat over any concerns or ideas they have in an informal, 1-1 (confidential if they wish) setting. It is a really good way for our volunteers to ‘unload’ which is great for their wellbeing.
Volunteer FaceBook Page
When you join our volunteer team you can, if you wish, join our volunteer Facebook group. This is a private group for invited members only where volunteers can interact with other volunteers and staff. It is a great way to get to know each other and share things, if you love your garden, cat, dog, the last book you have read or have some ‘funnies’ that have made you chuckle you can share them on here with the rest of the family.