Volunteers are a vital part of the team at Bridge Cottage. By volunteering with us you will be contributing to the local community in a real and positive way.

 

We currently have three volunteer positions available. If you would like to apply for any of these positions, please complete this Volunteer Application Form and either post or email to us at education@bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk 

 

 

 

Visitor Services Assistant

 

As a Visitor Services Assistant you will have a varied role, contributing to the day-to-day running of the Heritage Centre as well as supporting special events and facilitating regular group meetings.

Full training will be given and no specific knowledge is required, but ideally you will have an interest in local history and a desire to get involved in community projects.

 

 

 

 

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Greeting and assisting visitors in the reception area
  • Answering general enquiries about Bridge Cottage and the local area
  • Working behind the entrance desk selling tickets and merchandise
  • Distributing activity sheets and self-guided tour facilities
  • Welcoming and facilitating local groups meeting in the building
  • Serving light refreshments
  • Maintaining the garden
  • Some light cleaning duties
  • Occasionally attending and facilitating evening and weekend events

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain work experience in the heritage sector
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Meet and engage with a wide range of people
  • Learn about your local area
  • Contribute to your local community
  • Gain cash handling and retail experience

 

Education Assistant

Are you enthusiastic about history? Could you share that enthusiasm with children and adults in an educational heritage setting? Would you like to help us bring history to life?

As an Education Assistant you will help to lead a range of pre-arranged activities related to the building that encourage children to learn about their heritage. You will support the Education Officers in the delivery of a variety of hands on, curriculum-linked school and educational sessions, ensuring that groups have a safe and successful visit. This opportunity is ideal for anyone looking to gain experience working with children and adults and/or working in a heritage setting. As we are keen to utilise the wide variety of skills and knowledge that our volunteers bring to us, you will have the opportunity to be involved with developing new and existing educational sessions inspired by your own historical interests.

Full training will be given and no specific knowledge is required, but you will need to have a passion for history and be enthusiastic about working with children and adults in an educational role.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Delivering, supporting and contributing to the education programme
  • Leading educational tours around the house
  • Facilitating cookery and clothing demonstrations
  • Supervising art and craft “family fun” activities
  • Occasionally attending and facilitating evening and weekend events

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain work experience in the heritage sector
  • Gain experience working with children and adults in an educational setting
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Meet and engage with a wide range of people
  • Learn about your local area
  • Contribute to your local community

 

Heritage Hub Archive Assistant

Are you a local history expert, or would you like to become one? Are you looking to gain experience working with archives and heritage collections?

As a Heritage Hub Archive Assistant,  you will initially be involved in a project to catalogue the Society’s historical collections, which are mostly, although not exclusively, paper based. This is an exciting opportunity for volunteers who want to learn to use a collections management system (probably MODES).

Full training will be given and no specific knowledge is required, but you will need to have a passion for local history and an interest in the cataloguing process.

 

 

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Handling and assessing objects
  • Taking photographs of objects
  • Entering records into an electronic collections management system

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain work experience in the heritage sector
  • Receive object handling training
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Gain data entry experience
  • Learn about your local area
  • Contribute to your local community

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