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Volunteer Events Assistant


Volunteer Events Assistant

Anticipated time Contribution: A day or half-day once/twice a week during school holidays (10.00-12.45 /13.00-3.30 or 10.00-3.30)

Location: Our events programme is delivered across two heritage sites.
Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA
Boston Castle, Boston Grove, Moorgate, Rotherham, S60 2BD

Reports to: Caroline Saddington, Heritage and Events Officer

Telephone: 01709 336633

Email: caroline.saddington@rotherham.gov.uk or CliftonParkMuseum@rotherham.gov.uk


About us

Rotherham Heritage Service is based at Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham.

Clifton House was the home of the Walker family who ran Rotherham Iron Works. It became Rotherham’s Museum in 1893. The museum has fascinating rooms and exhibits, including Roman, ceramic and Victorian galleries and a Victorian Kitchen with a working Range. The York and Lancaster Regimental Museum and Rotherham’s Archives and Local Studies Service are also on site.

We also manage other heritage sites across the borough of Rotherham which includes Boston Castle. Boston Castle is an 19th Century hunting lodge, built for the Earl of Effingham in 1775. The Castle was refurbished in 2012 and is now a small visitor attraction which is set within Boston Park, with views of surrounding Rotherham and Sheffield.

At Rotherham Heritage Service our team aims to provide outstanding, inspiring and stimulating experiences for adults, families, children and young people. We achieve this by delivering inspiring activity programme within in our heritage.

At Rotherham Heritage Service we currently offer the following sessions

Family Fun Day – 2 workshops for 3 to 12 years old

Open Days – These are held at Boston Castle on a weekend.

Rotherham Heritage Service is looking for a team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to assist with delivering an Event at our Heritage sites. The role will include supporting our Heritage and Events Officer during an event as well as assisting with preparation and setting up of activities.

If you are interested in a career in Heritage Events and this is the ideal opportunity to gain experience and develop new skills.


Role Description: Volunteer Events Assistant

This volunteer role will assist and support the preparation and delivery activities and events for adults, children and families, at Heritage Service sites and outreach locations.


Person Specification:

We are looking for the following qualities:

  • Friendly and approachable volunteers with good communications skills
  • Able to commit on a regular basis with good time-keeping skills
  • Attention to detail and good observational skills
  • An interest in/or knowledge of history or heritage qualification
  • Volunteers that are happy to work independently or as part of a team
  • Some previous experience of working with young children

Key Duties

  1. To assist and support the Heritage and Events Officer/Assistant Heritage Officer in delivering activities to children and families, vulnerable adults and other community groups.
  2. To ensure that the needs of all our visitors are met to a consistently high standard.
  3. To assist with the preparation, setting up and tiding away of activity spaces, equipment and resources for all activities.
  4. To assist the Heritage and Events Officer with the preparation of new activities when required
  5. To promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and/or vulnerable adults whilst visiting our heritage venues.

To follow the health and safety risk assessments for all activities, and to ensure the appropriate use of handling collections and equipment and resources.


The Key Volunteer tasks will include:

  • Assisting with setting up and tiding away for activities - This task would include helping with setting up tables, preparing craft activities, setting up and displaying handling objects.
  • Preparing resources- This would include basic research, photocopying, laminating, cutting fabric and paper, making templates and trialling activities.
  • Working with children and adults during Museum workshops and assisting the Heritage staff delivering the activities – Assisting with meeting and greeting visitors, supporting the delivery of an activity.

Support

We value all our volunteers and encourage the development of new skills and experience. In house training will be provided on a regular basis to help volunteers develop or enhance their skills.

This post will bring you into contact with children/adults and therefore the role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check and will require 2 referees, including one that can outline volunteers’ suitability for working with children and young people as well as a full employment history.

Further information about the disclosure scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check


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