Cultural Services Volunteer Program

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Cultural Services has a very active volunteer program that operates across the 3 facilities; Library, Museum and Gallery.  This attracts over 150 volunteers to assist with day to day operations, visitor services, community programs and services.  We highly value the significant contribution made by community members who volunteer their time to support these diverse services.

Purpose of the Volunteer Program

The purpose of the volunteer program is to recruit and maintain a committed group of volunteers who assist in the work of our cultural services facilities.

Council is committed to meeting best practice standards for the volunteer program and providing a collaborative, supportive and safe working environment for volunteers.  In addition we aspire to make the volunteer experience an enjoyable and rewarding one and to encourage personal and professional growth for volunteers.

Volunteers

If you are someone who enjoys interacting with people and feel that volunteering on a regular basis would suit you, then you may be interested in joining one of our volunteer teams.

The volunteer role provides an opportunity for you to spend just a few hours fortnightly at the museum or gallery (or monthly at the library), completing tasks and filling positions such as those outlined below:

Library

  • Select and deliver books to housebound patrons, retirement villages, seniors groups and nursing homes
  • Local Studies Volunteers
  • Information Services Volunteers
  • Preschool Story Time and School Holiday Volunteers
  • Program and Event Volunteers

Museum

  • Front of House Ambassadors; meeting and greeting visitors and providing them with information about exhibitions and the local area
  • Visitor Guides; for groups and individuals
  • Local History Research Volunteers
  • Curatorial Volunteers
  • Education Volunteers
  • Event Volunteers

Incorporated into Hawkesbury Regional Museum is the historic  Howe House, now open to the public, after thorough interpretation and conservation work. By becoming a volunteer you will be able to work in one of the Hawkesbury's oldest buildings, guiding visitors through its rooms and sharing its fascinating stories.

Gallery

  • Reception / Front of House Volunteers
  • Volunteers for Gallery Exhibition Openings and Special Events
  • Volunteers to assist with Public Programs and Workshops
  • Office Administration Volunteers
  • Volunteers to assist with Exhibition Changeovers
  • Education Volunteers
  • Catering and Mail outs

As well as the day to day duties, there are also opportunities for volunteers to be involved with other volunteer activities such as research, talks, workshops, community promotion, social events and professional development days.

The Library, Gallery and Museum are run on professional lines.  Volunteers need to make a commitment to be undergo training and agree to a 12-month term of engagement.

Benefits of being a Volunteer

Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to share you love of history, art, reading or similar.  It also provides the opportunity for you to make new friends, get actively involved in your community,  meet new people, build your confidence, learn new skills, increase your knowledge, help others, gain valuable job experience and feel needed.

Complete a Volunteer application form or for more information on any aspect of the volunteer program please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 02 4560 4439 or
email lmgvolunteers@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au.

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