Join our Team
Opportunities for volunteer experience
A chance to support your local community
Running a Heritage Centre involves a lot of hard work. It can only be done effectively with a really good, motivated group of people with the right mix of skills and enthusiasm. We do already have a strong core management team of ten including our four trustees. They have a range of experience including accounting, marketing, archiving & librarianship, fundraising and project management but we need more of everything !
Even if you can only offer a couple of hours a month then your time may be valuable to us as part of the staffing team but we are also looking for people with skills in more specialised roles too. For the time being we are committed to being a volunteer only organisation though funding may permit or necessitate our bringing in specialist paid skills to accomplish parts of the project.
Here are a few of the areas where volunteers are involved. Many of these roles are currently covered but we always welcome extra help. Take a look at "OUR URGENT NEEDS TODAY too .
Administration/ Volunteer Management
This could be anything from managing our volunteer schedule to keeping our bookings and events diary up to date.
We always need good creative and communication skills to ensure that people know about what the centre has to offer and are encouraged to visit and to use our facilities - especially where that may raise revenue. This is likely to include website management and social media skills.
We have a small shop within the centre that stocks a combination of Lymm oriented merchandise including books, cars, prints, jigsaws. Some-one needs to manage the buying and stocking decisions working initially to a very tight budget but with a revenue target in mind.
An important element of the centre is education. The national curriculum gives many opportunities to explore local history and geography so the centre is well placed to deliver resources and sessions to support local schools. If you have retired from teaching perhaps or stopped while you bring up a young family then this could be the way to continue to use your valuable skills.
We have a samll team who re responsibile for the process of digitising images, documents etc. setting up procedures and good working practices, data security, training a larger team, managing on-line presentation of the material etc
Exhibition Research and Development.
Some-one to help us keep the centre fresh by supervising the installation of temporary exhibitions and seeking out opportunities> this may involve temporary loan of items and artefacts or the commissioning of models and replicas.
Some-one needs to pull all of this together, to steer the rest of the team to ensure that the centre has a lively programme of activities and is well used by diverse groups for all sorts of activities .. always with an eye to the revenue that will keep the centre afloat.
Yes we will be looking for grants for the initial design and intallation of the centre but we also need to build a sustainable financial model that draws in revenue from a number of streams. This could include identifying relevant charities, setting up a friends or supporters scheme, seeking business sponsorship, applying to local bodies and working with the local authority. Assist our Fundraising Manager.
Keeping the centre open for several days a week will involve a large team of volunteers who need to be prepared to make a regular commitment. You would be part information giver- to residents and visitors alike, part shopkeeper and part history guide answering questions about Lymm and our exhibits.
These are not job vacancies in the conventional sense and the amount of time commitment could vary enormously. If you were to get involved then your role could even end up straddling one or more of the above. The first step is to contact us just to find out a little more and to see if this is something where you feel you could make a contribution. Even if you don't feel ready to make a regular contribution it would be good to have contacts we could call on to assist with individual projects.
Most importantly you would be a member of a, hopefully, happy team who are dedicated to making a positive difference to the quality of life in our community.
or better still call the Chair Alan Williams on 01925-754080 or 07540-096282
The great news is that after nearly three years in operation we have a team of over 50 people involved in a wide variety of tasks, all aimed at developing a strong and vibrant centre for the wider benefit of the community.
OUR URGENT NEEDS TODAY
In the period of reopening following the Covid-19 crisis many of our older, regular stewards will be unavailable. This would be a great time to welcome in some new faces, particularly from younger age groups.
The centre generates funding and revenue in a wide variety of ways: donations large and small, friends, retails, grants and awards. The whole team have a shared responsibility to find ways to maximise our revenue by pro-actively promoting the centre. But we would really benefit from having one person with this as their key role. It could involve anything from seeking out potential funders to putting on an event or finding new ways to promote our friends and donors schemes.
WALKS & TALKS CO-ORDINATOR
The centre is about activities as much as it is about exhibitions with the emphasis always on Lymm. We already have a number of people who have offered to lead walks, give talks or run short workshops but we need some-one to co-ordinate these sessions.: Arranging the logistics, promoting them and being around to manage them on the day.
All of the roles need IT skills to some degree so some-one who can oversee how we use IT and how we co-ordinate would be invaluable.