Ribble Steam Railway needs more Volunteers

Ribble Steam Railway houses a collection of treasures, including many priceless people. Due to year on year growth, this popular Preston attraction is now looking for people with new skills to join their enthusiastic volunteer team, in time for the 2013 season. http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk/index.php/volunteers

During 2012, the popular family visitor attraction welcomed an extra 4588 people (a 30 % growth on visitor figures for 2011).  To keep pace with this staggering growth, Ribble Steam Railway is looking for more volunteers to help with their café, shop and museum. They are calling out for enthusiastic volunteers, of all ages, to bring their ideas, experience and skills to make their attraction the best it can be. People with the time, energy and the “know how” in catering, retail or customer services, who can spare at least 2 days or 4 half days per month.

“As we grow and expand, planning for our future, we have realised we need new volunteers, with different skills in visitor services, to develop an even more enjoyable visitor experience. People volunteer with us for lots of different reasons- to share their skills, or build new ones, as a route to employment or to make new friends. Whatever your reason, we look forward to meeting you.” Dave Watkins, Chairman Ribble Steam Railway

Volunteers are extremely important to create, and deliver the inspiring “hands on” Ribble Steam experience. Shop volunteers are often the first point of contact at the attraction, offering a warm, friendly welcome. They keep customers happy, selling them their entrance tickets for the museum and trains-rides, and adding that extra sparkle to the shopping experience. Café Volunteers help organise and run the café, keeping “rumbling tummies” at bay, preparing, presenting and serving food to a high standard, while visitors take a break. Museum volunteers meet, greet and guide visitors from the young to the elderly. Again with a warm and friendly disposition they will enjoy sharing interesting, engaging, and fun facts about the museum, people and its history, whilst always showing care and consideration for people, museum and displays.

A working museum, the Ribble Steam Railway volunteering teams create a safe, enjoyable space for all to relax, learn and have fun. All volunteering roles are suitable for young people, needing work experience, or more mature people, who enjoy working with the general public, and particularly with families.

The first group of volunteer interviews, for the season, will be w/c 25 February with a familiarisation/training day options planned for w/c 11-15th March, or Saturday 9 or 16 March, in time for the Easter 2013 opening.

To apply for a volunteering role visit our Website Volunteers Page to view the full role descriptions, download the application form and post or email to arrive for Friday 15 February.

If want to have an informal chat leave please call Ribble Steam Railway on 01772 728800 and leave a message for Robin Green with your contact details (Monday to Friday). Please email your completed application form to robin@ribblesteam.org.uk with “volunteer posts” in the subject line, or post to: The Curator, Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Road, Riversway Docklands, Preston, PR2 2PD

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