Volunteer Steward - Role Description
Our Volunteer Stewards help welcome our visitors to Blackwell and help them understand more about the house and its history.
- Our volunteer stewards assist our visitors and provide more information about the house.
- The main hall is often the focus of a visit; however there is opportunity to wander throughout the building talking to visitors.
- We’re keen that visitors complete a survey during their visit – our stewards can help our visitors complete this using our iPads.
- Some of our stewards also help by giving a 20 minute introductory talk in the main hall.
Will I be trained?
- When you first join the volunteering team, you’ll receive training from a member of the team, including security arrangements and fire evacuation.
- Our Curators will offer specific training about the house and its history.
Why get involved?
What can I expect?
- We plan our rota between 1 and 2 months in advance.
- We ask that you treat your slots on the volunteer rota as a firm commitment. We appreciate that there may be times when you’re unable to attend at the last minute – please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange alternative cover. You can sign up online or
- Some volunteers are able to cover occasional days, whilst others are able to make a regular commitment (e.g. 1 slot per week). We hope that volunteers can give some time every month; however we try to take a flexible approach that suits each individuals needs.
What skills are needed?
- Most of all we’re looking for genuine enthusiasts who love sharing their passion for Blackwell with our visitors.
- A friendly and welcoming approach to ensure our visitors get the most from their visit.
- A general interest in history, and the Arts & Crafts movement can help; however we’ll provide plenty of information and training about the house.
- Volunteers delivering our talks need strong verbal communication skills and a clear voice.
- As the ‘face’ of Blackwell you’ll need to look presentable and be friendly and approachable.
- You’ll need to be sufficiently mobile to move around the building and be able to assist with the evacuation of the building in the event of a fire.
What are the benefits?
- Our Stewards have a lot of direct contact with our visitors. There’s a lot satisfaction from helping our visitors explore the house.
- Volunteering is a great way of meeting fellow volunteers and visitors.
- Our ‘active volunteers card’ entitles you and your immediate family free admission to Blackwell, Abbot Hall, and Windermere Jetty.
- Your ‘active volunteer card’ also entitles you to a 50% discount in our cafes, and a 10% discount in our shops throughout the year.
How to get involved?
Visit our online volunteer portal here to apply
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