Museums and Galleries celebrate improving lives of local community through volunteer programme

A new video promoting volunteering in Kirklees Museums and Galleries has been made to encourage more people to benefit from the volunteering experience.

 

In the short video, volunteers share their stories – from the gardening volunteer who says helping out is aiding his recovering from two nervous breakdowns, to the university student that is putting what she is learning into practice and helping promote the collections.

The film has been funded by the Arts Council as part of the Sustainable Collections project, which is about working with partners, friends, groups and volunteers to increase access to the museum collections.

Volunteer facts

Did you know? Over 8,200 volunteer hours (which is over 340 days!) are given to Kirklees Museums and Galleries every year, and that there are around 50 Volunteers and Friends across our sites.

The longest serving volunteer is based at Oakwell Hall, and has been volunteering for over 12 years.

What do our volunteers get up to?

Oakwell Halls Countryside Volunteers meet every Thursday to support the Countryside Rangers with gardening, maintenance and conservation tasks; volunteer David’s favourite part of this is getting out of bed and looking forward to doing something different for a day.

The Friends of Oakwell Hall support staff with events and run their own programme of activities in the hall and park; Friend Nigel walks away with a great big buzz after a day helping out. Another friend of Oakwell – Roger shares how volunteering has widened his circle of friends.

Volunteers also support the Museum Curatorial Team behind the scenes and develop new resources for the ‘Museum in a Box’ loan scheme and at Tolson Museum, the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle Park support the weekly Park Runs and also deliver a range of events from Craft Fairs to Tea and Cake events.

How do our volunteers feel?

In the short video, our volunteers tell us about their heartfelt and passionate stories about how volunteering affects their lives.

Rebecca Bracey, Volunteer Support Officer said: “Volunteers play an important role in supporting our Museums and Galleries. This film is testament to the commitment and passion of our Volunteers and Friends organisations. For anyone thinking of donating their time and skills, the film demonstrates how volunteering at our cultural settings can provide a stimulating and rewarding experience.

The part the volunteers play in delivering a diverse and exciting cultural offer for the residents of Kirklees is very much appreciated by myself and my colleagues, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and commitment.”

Volunteering helps you become more active

Volunteering can also help people to increase the amount of physical activity they do, and help them gain confidence – all while making a worthwhile contribution to the community we live in.

What do our Councillors think about volunteering?

Councillor Graham Turner, Portfolio Holder for Resources said: “Volunteers play an important role in supporting our Museums and Galleries. This film is testament to the commitment and passion of our Volunteers and Friends organisations. For anyone thinking of donating their time and skills, the film demonstrates how volunteering at our cultural settings can provide a stimulating and rewarding experience.

The part the volunteers play in delivering a diverse and exciting cultural offer for the residents of Kirklees is very much appreciated by myself and my colleagues, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and commitment.”

Become a volunteer

Kirklees Museums and Galleries are recruiting new volunteers in Spring 2017, anyone who would like to volunteer or join one of the Friends groups should contact Rebecca Bracey on: 07976 681322 / 01484 221000 or email  rebecca.bracey@kirklees.gov.uk.

You can also visit: www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums for more information.

One comment

  • More money on community charge don’t suppose you will reduce our care bill.we pay for my husbands social care now we paying twice they will have some clever answer

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