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At the Scottish Maritime Museum we highly value the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. We offer interesting and meaningful placements and continue to create these opportunities.
Bob Lochhead, one of the Museums longest serving engineering volunteers has meticulously researched and built a working scale-model of one of the Irvine Harbour Cranes for the Museum. This is now on view in the entrance of the Museum as part of the Wall of Wonders display. Volunteers are now working on the actual crane within Irvine Harbourside.
Everyone at the Museum would like to congratulate Jane on completing a level three SVQ in Museums Practice, sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland. Jane spent a year working with us at the Museum as Trainee Volunteer Manager.
Great volunteering opportunity at the Scottish Maritime Museum
Are you interested in meeting new people and engaging with the public? Have you thought about volunteering? Why not consider joining our visitor services team. We are looking for people who are keen to interact with the public and keen to learn about the Museum’s collections. If you want to join a team of friendly people then becoming a volunteer visitor assistant maybe the role for you.
For further details please contact Beverley at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her on 01294 278 283. (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)
The Maritime Makers is looking for people to join its group. This skills-swap drop-in session starts at 1.00pm and finishes at 3.00pm. People from the local community come together and share skills of all kinds – these can be craft skills or IT skills, whatever you can bring to the group. We have recently made a knitting bomb and are currently working on a traditional rag rug and a patchwork maritime alphabet.
If you are interested in exchanging skills, contact Beverley at email@example.com
Every Sunday 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Donation £2.00 per session
If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum, please contact Beverley Donaldson, the Assistant Curator, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I apply?
First fill in an expression of interest form. These are available on the downloads page on our website, however if you would prefer to have the form posted to you please contact us. You will then be invited for an informal one-to-one interview.
How do you select volunteers?
After the informal interview volunteers are selected based on their skills, personal qualities and experience. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome people from all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds.
Are there age restrictions on who can volunteer?
Anyone aged 16 and over may volunteer. There is no upper age limit.
Will I be covered by insurance whilst volunteering?
Whilst you are volunteering at the Museum you are fully covered by the Museum’s insurance policy.
Can I volunteer whilst on benefits?
Yes, but please let your Job Centre Advisor/benefits office know that you are volunteering.
What happens if I don’t like my role, can I switch to something else?
If you are not enjoying your role you may move to another role provided there is one available and it is a suitable match.
Do you provide volunteers with support?
We aim to provide volunteers with support to assist you in your roles and make sure you are happy with your tasks. The Assistant Curator responsible for volunteers has an open door policy and is happy to speak to you face-to-face, by telephone or e-mail.
Can I volunteer from home?
Volunteers in office-based roles such as marketing and design may volunteer from home.
Is there a minimum commitment?
There is no minimum commitment but we recommend that volunteers attend once a week. Visitor service volunteers will be expected to fit in with the weekly rota.
What about holidays and leave?
Volunteers are free to take holidays. If you wish to take a longer period of leave, please speak to the Assistant Curator beforehand.
Do you provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or uniforms?
Yes, PPE and uniforms are provided by the Museum.
Do you cover travel expenses?
Unfortunately we cannot provide volunteers with travel expenses at this time.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
People volunteer for many reasons. Some of the benefits of volunteering include: meeting new people; a productive way to spend time; developing or enhancing skills; trying something different; an addition to your CV; gaining experience for employment; contributing to a Museum of national significance.