Volunteer Showcase event for Volunteers' Week

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is championing the work of their volunteers and encouraging others to come along and volunteer by holding a brand new event for National Volunteers’ Week.

On Sunday 5 June, the Museum will launch their first Volunteer Showcase, which will recognise the contributions of their current volunteers and provide an opportunity for the local community to experience what volunteering life is like at the Museum, and be encouraged to get involved.

The 28-strong current volunteer team supports a range of activities including visitor experience, creative arts and storytelling, family engagement, conservation, and research. The event will show potential volunteers the wide range of roles available and also showcase the Museum’s brand new Hope Explore, which will offer visitors a new experience to see and hear about mining life on the surface.

People interested in volunteering at the Museum are encouraged to attend the Volunteer Showcase on 5 June between 10am – 4pm, and join the Hope Explore experience to see for themselves what this new volunteer-led role will involve. Attendees will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about what’s involved and register their interest.

Volunteer Jordan Miers says “I knew nothing about the story behind Hope Pit and the work of the miners, who worked to ensure that their colleagues received ventilation, power and an instant repair service for their equipment, until I helped out with piloting the new Hope Pit exploration experience. The jewel in the crown will be when visitors go into the Hope Pit surface tunnel, which is kitted out as a working tunnel, and will get a real sense of underground working. We just need a cohort of experienced ex-miners to help us release the power of this project”

“Volunteers have played a major part in the Museum success and will be an integral part of the Museum’s development,” said Sally-Ann Burley, Volunteer Coordinator at the Museum. “We are very grateful to all of our volunteers for their tireless commitment and support, and are excited to be able to welcome more people to our friendly team in a range of new visitor-focused roles."

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June, with events throughout the country. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The week provides an opportunity for organisations to showcase the different volunteering roles, taster sessions and team challenges, to volunteer recruitment events and volunteering campaign launches.

The National Coal Mining Museum is located at Caphouse Colliery, on the western edge of the Yorkshire coalfield, where mining has been carried out for centuries. Establishing national status in 1995, the Museum supports the mining heritage of England through Underground Tours, exhibitions and educational learning.

Volunteer Showcase will take place on Sunday 5 June between 10am – 4pm.

For information about the event visit www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.

Volunteers’ week runs from 1 – 12 June and is a free event taking place at partnering organisations all over the UK. For more information visit; www.volunteersweek.org

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Sara Merritt at Bonner & Hindley: sara@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713 ENDS

Editor’s Notes

 The Museum is free admission

 Some individual events will incur a charge

 Free car and coach parking

 Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 Indoor play area for children under five

 Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

For more information please call the Museum on 01924 848806 or email info@ncm.org.uk or visit the website at www.ncm.org.uk

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