Volunteers are essential to what the White House is all about!! Being part of the local community which is central to the Trust ethos, so that others can learn, including you as a volunteer. To date volunteers have played a significant role in the success of the project including getting the project to its current stage and with the Educational project during the Archaeological Dig.
As the restored White House will cover a broad range of themes a volunteer role could be found to meet almost any knowledge or interest. While the most usual role will involve working with the public there are other opportunities.
A brief description of the main volunteer roles include:
As an Exhibition Guide you will be responsible for conducting tours of the various exhibitions housed within the White House including The History of the Building, The Williamite and Jacobite Trail and any touring exhibitions.
The Gallery Attendant will support the Exhibition Guide and direct visitors around the building ensuring that visitor and colleagues health and safety is paramount. Gallery Attendants will also carry out light cleaning duties.
Coffee Bar Attendant
The Coffee Bar attendant will provide a refreshment service for visitors and colleagues, as well as the making of tea and coffee this role will include cash handling and cleaning of the catering areas.
The General Attendant will form a very important role in the day to day running of the White House. This role will involve the preparation of various rooms for meetings, visitors etc. It will also form part of the maintenance work of the building and supporting the caretaker.
The Receptionist will be the first point of contact for visitors either by phone or in person. This role will involve cash handling, directing visitors and answering queries on the phone, it will also involved monitoring of CCTV and Alarm systems for which training will be given.
Administration (with Computer use and without computer use)
This role will involve supporting the staff and volunteers of the Trust with vital administrative support allowing them to deliver front line services. You will be taking bookings and enquiries for the use of the White House, dealing with correspondence, issuing mailings, preparing copies of the Trust Newsletter, all varying tasks.
As there are many varied tasks, the administrative roles can be broken up into using or not using a computer so there is a supporting role to suit you. There is a possibility you may be able to work at home, although you would need to liaise with your nominated trustee regarding this.
More detailed volunteer roles are available by emailing email@example.com
Support, Training and Expenses
Support will be provided to you from when you volunteer with the trust. You will have a dedicated Trustee to report to who will be on hand should you have any queries during your time with us.
Training is essential in order to equip White House Volunteers to provide the public with good quality advice and information. It is therefore essential that volunteers within the Trust, recognise the importance of their initial training and the need for ongoing, in-service training. After initial induction, it is expected that volunteers will undertake such training as and when appropriate.
The White House Trust encourages a policy whereby all volunteers have reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed by the Trust. Expenses are paid for travel to and from the White House and for any other travel undertaken as part of your voluntary commitment. If by your own choice however you decide not to claim your volunteer expenses, please ensure this is recorded as a donation.
Have you read enough now and you just want to get started?
Well here’s what you need to do.
Complete and return a registration form, you can download a copy of the form here -
One of the nominated Trustees will invite you along for an informal chat about the roles which you have expressed an interest in and about the other opportunities available to volunteers.
Following your acceptance to volunteer you will be issued with a volunteer agreement – this will also be dependant on your references being returned.
You will be invited along to induction training and be able to volunteer. If you have any queries then there are a number of ways to contact us:
email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 028 9080 1690 or 07502046755
(if the phone is not answered please leave a message and we will get back to you).
or complete the online form below with your contact details
If you are interested in helping out please read our policies document before contacting us
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