Volunteer at Chawton House Library

Volunteer at Chawton House Library

Ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at a place like Chawton House Library? If so, we will be delighted to meet you!

From greeting visitors on arrival and welcoming them to the Library to helping in the garden, there is something for everyone!

We currently have the following volunteering opportunities available:

Meeters and Greeters

A warm and friendly welcome for all our visitors is a vital element of this role. Welcoming our visitors and inspiring them to make the most of their visit by highlighting the work and life-stories of the women whose writings are the foundation of Chawton House Library. To sell tickets and to ensure that visitors have a friendly and informative introduction to the Library. Volunteers will also use a till and debit and credit card machine, explain the Gift Aid system and help our visitors to plan and make the most of their time at Chawton House Library.

Room Guide

To look after one or more rooms and to actively engage visitors with Chawton House Library, answer questions, queries and to be a safeguarding presence for the building and collections.

Tea Room and Shop Volunteer

Opportunities available weekdays. Volunteers will be required to help make and serve hot drinks, to serve light refreshments, clear tables, use the till and help in the shop.

Events Volunteer

To welcome the public, help set up and set down for events and take a hands-on role during events.

Publicity Volunteer

To help raise the profile of Chawton House Library through local publicity and marketing from distributing flyers to contacting journalists.

Garden Volunteer

To help maintain the garden and estate at Chawton House Library.

Training

Chawton House Library is committed to training and development for staff and volunteers. All volunteers will receive an induction and relevant specialised training as appropriate.

Skills and Experience

Personal skills for all volunteering roles:

  • A friendly and outgoing personality
  • Punctual
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Flexible
  • Calm under pressure
  • Aware of Health and Safety issues particularly with regard to Chawton House Library. Training will be given.
  • An interest in early women’s writing in English and Chawton House Library in general. Training will be given.

Contact

To find out more, please contact Sarah Parry our Visitor and Learning Manager on 01420 595908 or sarah.parry@chawtonhouselibrary.org

We look forward to hearing from you!