Volunteering

Get Involved! - in a range of exciting opportunities as a volunteer

Volunteers contribute to museums and galleries in many different ways, from engaging directly with visitors to working behind the scenes with object displays, family events and collections care teams. They help to provide valuable services that we would not otherwise be able to provide.

Could you support our work by sponsoring, donating or volunteering? All opportunities have flexible commitment requirements and aim to provide a rewarding and enriching experience for all.

Corporate Volunteering

Share your team, resources and expertise

Many businesses offer their employees an opportunity to volunteer in work time.

This is known as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Employer Supported Volunteering and it can include fundraising for a group or even sharing expertise, resources and volunteering.

It can be a great way to support your civic museums/galleries and give your staff a rewarding and fulfilling experience in beautful, unique spaces. Staff can volunteer independently or as part of a volunteer workplace scheme. It could be as part of a team away day or team building experience with colleagues.

Talk to us if your business or group would like to volunteer or if your organisation could benefit from business volunteering.

Sonja Kielty, Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Libraries, Museums and Galleries [email protected]  t: 01274 436027

 


Volunteer Library Gardeners

Manningham Library

  • Beginners welcome, as are those with fantastic experience
  • To work under the supervision of Library staff
  • To help maintain the grounds and gardens of Manningham Library by tidying, weeding, pruning and planting in specific areas. Woodworking skills would be great but not essential.
  • To receive work support as necessary
  • To carry out these tasks according to agreed health and safety guidelines and Bradford Council Behaviours and volunteer code of conduct

We can offer you the opportunity to:

  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Learn new skills and to build on experience and skills you already have
  • Gain pride in making a valuable contribution to your local community
  • Help support the library service in Bradford
  • Improve your personal wellbeing

How to apply: Covid safe interviews will take place at Manningham Library on Friday 16 July.

     A Volunteer Code and Policy can be obtained by emailing the below.

Apply now with your registration form and send to [email protected] or call Sonja on 01274 436027

Apply now

Need to Weed! Volunteer Weeding Day

 ALL WELCOME

Bolling Hall Museum are having a weeding morning on Friday 23rd July.

We will be meeting at the entrance to Bolling Hall Museum at 10am and plan to finish at 11.30am.

Anyone attending should bring the following: gardening gloves and suitable footwear (e.g. no flip flops) and clothing (ideally long sleeves) required. It would be great if volunteers could also bring any gardening tools (fork/trowel etc) if you have them.  We would also recommend bringing drinks/refreshments.  Toilet facilities will be available in hall; a mask will be required to enter.

No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and desire to help clear the overgrowth and weeds in the borders of the four main lawned areas on either side of the avenue of cherry trees.

Please can you let us know if you are able to volunteer and please pass on to others who would be willing to join in and help to make our museum a lovely garden once more.

Contact Sonja on [email protected] or 01274 346027

https://bradfordmuseums.org/get-involvedradf

@BradfordMuseums #BollingHall

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Visiteers needed!

We are seeking to recruit a team of volunteer ‘welcomers’ to support visitors when we reopen our museums

Bolling Hall Museum, West Bolling

Bradford Industrial Museum, Eccleshill

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Manningham

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park, Keighley

What’s in it for you?
• Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
• Volunteering in a beautiful historic environment
• Meeting people and making new friends
• Improving your communication skills
• Enjoying new experiences
• Great personal satisfaction, since you have the opportunity to make a real difference to our visitors’ experience

What’s Involved?

  • Providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of
    Bradford Museums and Galleries, answering any questions.
  • ensure respectful behaviour and maintain a fun, welcoming atmosphere for all our visitors and their children.
  • Remind visitors of the social distance rules, eg. 3 metres apart and face masks.
  • Becoming familiar with and then following the Bradford Museums and Galleries Values &Behaviours’

Inductions will be provided to help ease volunteers into their role as well as implementing an intergenertional and cross cultural approach with current volunteers. There will also be scope for volunteers to take on leadership positions such as team leaders and supervisors which we will encourage and support.

You will receive an induction necessary to the role including full health and safety.

This role will suit people who:

have a friendly and enthusiastic mannerand enjoy working with family visitors in particular. This role can sometimes bephysically demanding and you may be on your feet all day.

  • feel comfortable coming into contact with and communicating with members of the public
  • have good interpersonal skills
  • can follow instructions and safety procedures
  • are keen to learn
  • work well with others in a team
  • are reliable, trustworthy and punctual
  • are willing to abide by the Council's code of conduct for volunteers and staff
  • are resident in the UK or in possession of a suitable visa for study or work

Volunteering times will be Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Let us know which day/location you prefer.

Expenses: out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering place will be offered.How to apply:

A Volunteer Code and Policy can be obtained by emailing the below.

Please send your registered interest to:

[email protected] or call Sonja on 01274 436027

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/get-involved

Apply now

Volunteer Cafe Welcomer

The Refreshment Room, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Responsibilities

  • To work under the supervision of museum café staff
  • To set up the up the café at the start of the day.
  • To create a warm, friendly welcome to the café, working to safe distancing and showing diners to their tables.
  • To work according to healthy and safety guidelines

Training and support

You will be given a full induction to the site and training by a member of staff in all aspects of the role. Alll necessary PPE will be provided. The Catering Manager will be working with you and will be in a position of responsibility for your work.

Person specification

This role is suitable for people who

  • Are interested in supporting Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
  • Enjoy communicating with members of the public
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Can follow instructions and safety procedures
  • Are keen to learn  
  • Work well with others in a team
  • Are reliable, trustworthy and punctual
  • Are willing to abide by our code of conduct for volunteers and council Behaviours Framework

How to apply

If you are interested in this role, please send your completed registration eform to Sonja, Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Libraries, Museums and Galleries, [email protected]

Apply now

Volunteer Weaver

Bradford Industrial Museum

We need your help to run and maintain our 19th and early 20th century textile machinery. We’re looking for volunteers to help operate and maintain the looms and textile machines that are part of Bradford Museums Designated Textile Collection along with other types of historic textile processing equipment.

You will help bring our machinery to life, informing visitors about the history and technology of the weaving industry and the Museum’s collection of textile machinery. You will be supported and advised by the Collections & Conservation Team in historically relevant information and caring for working museum collections.

You will be willing to share technical knowledge / experience with other team members and volunteers and assist with training to operate various machines.

You will assist in ensuring the security of the museum, its collections and equipment, public/visitors and staff by invigilating the museum and supervising visitors as appropriate, in the Spinning and Weaving Gallery.

  • Experience of operating and maintaining textile machinery.

  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills

  • Basic engineering skills and abilities

  • practical experience of working with textiles

  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships both internally and externally.

  • Knowledge of health & safety compliance requirements

How to apply:

A Volunteer Code and Policy can be obtained by ringing the gallery on 01274 431212 and will be available at the interview as well.

Please send your registered interest to:

Sonja Kielty, Volunteer Co-Ordinator Libraries, Museums and Galleries, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford, BD9 4NS

Or email: [email protected]

Apply now

Volunteer Gardener

Bradford Industrial Museum or Bolling Hall Museum

Beginners welcome, as are those with fantastic experience.

  • To work under the supervision of museum staff
  • To help maintain the grounds and gardens of museum sites by tidying, weeding, pruning and planting in specific areas
  • To receive training as necessary
  • To carry out these tasks according to agreed health and safety guidelines and Bradford Council Behaviours and volunteer code of conduct

For more information, contact Sonja, on: 

[email protected]    T: 01274 436027

Thank you so much for giving your time to volunteer for Bradford Museums and Galleries.

We hope you enjoy it!

Apply now