It was National Volunteers' Week from 1 to 12 June 2016 and we now are looking for people who would like to be involved in making Palace House, Newmarket a great success.
Involving volunteers is hugely important for the success of Palace House,
Newmarket: the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, increasing our capacity to deliver activities and strengthening links with local communities.
Our volunteering programme at the National Horseracing Museum has been running for just over a year now and already 80 people have been involved in volunteer projects. They have donated over 3,500 hours between them helping us to:
- clean, document and pack museum objects ready to move to Palace House
- deliver events and activities for schools and families
- promote the new Heritage Centre through social media, leaflets and talks.
A further 50 people have expressed an interested in volunteering but we still need more! At Palace House, Newmarket our volunteering programme will continue to expand to include new roles such as gardening; meeting and greeting visitors; and helping people to engage with the new displays.
We aim to match people to tasks that take into account their skills and interests. Volunteer roles can be regular, short-term or occasional depending on how much time people have to spare. Some of our volunteering opportunities only take 5 minutes!
"I love coming to the museum and look forward to it immensely. I never know what we will discover or learn, or the interesting people I will meet. I feel you look after us all with great care and respect." Volunteer
Potential volunteers can find out more on our website: www.palacehousenemarket.co.uk
We greatly value the support of our volunteers who say that volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain new skills and make a difference to the local community.