Historic Church Community Coordinator - Wiltshire

Flexible, suggested minimum of 4 hours pw

The Churches Conservation Trust has a phenomenal portfolio of Wiltshire Churches. This role would be covering as many or as few of these as you would like.  

Role Summary:

Churches have been the heart of community in England for nearly a thousand years. The CCT cares for these wonderful buildings on behalf of their communities, but we can’t do it on our own. We need support from volunteers to keep the roof on and doors open, and that’s where you come in. 

Recruiting and supporting volunteers, tackling basic conservation tasks, and organising events; You’ll be multi-disciplined, well organised, and most importantly, a people person. You’ll have a lively, enquiring mind and will be interested in historic buildings and their stories. 

We’ll provide you with expert training and support, and in return you’ll have the freedom to indulge your curiosity and work to your own initiative to develop exciting, fun-filled projects!

Key responsibilities may include the following:

  • With the support of the Volunteering Officer, develop plans to further realise the potential of the churches you cover. This could include plans to recruit more volunteers, run events, guided tours, develop interpretation, or conservation works.
  • Engaging with and supporting existing church based volunteers
  • Volunteer Recruitment
    • Assisting the Volunteering Officer to recruit new volunteers
    • Identifying local opportunities for recruiting new volunteers
    • Contributing to Volunteer Recruitment Plans at individual churches
    • Attending and contributing to Volunteer Inductions
  • Supporting volunteers
    • Working with new and existing volunteers to ensure that every volunteer feels supported and happy in their roles
  • Engaging with communities
    • Identifying opportunities to involve the local community in activities at the churches within your care
    • Building and strengthening partnerships and relationships within the local community to secure the long term future of the churches
  • Health and Safety
    • To ensure Health & Safety policies and procedures underpin all church activity in accordance with current legislation
    • To take reasonable steps to ensure the security of the churches and their contents and inform the Trust immediately of any vandalism, loss, damage or other matters affecting the integrity of the churches
  • Events
    • To liaise with the Volunteer Events Coordinators in the use of the buildings and support occasional fundraising events
    • Identify opportunity for community and fundraising events
    • Supporting the use of churches for third party hiring

This will suit people who…. have strong leadership skills, an enthusiastic and friendly manner, enjoy working with people, like operating as part of a team but are able to work on their own initiative and who are keen to learn and have fun. An interest in conservation and/or the historic environment would be helpful.

This role will provide an excellent opportunity for someone who is keen to pursue a career in the Heritage Sector as it will give a wide ranging and varied experience of heritage management.

Time commitment:

Flexible – there is no limit to the amount of time you can give. Church visits for visitor figures are twice a year, in October and March, and wall safes should be emptied at the same time. Additional visits to empty the wall safes may be required throughout the year, please discuss this with your Volunteering Officer. We would hope that you are able to commit to a minimum of two cleaning parties a year. 

Ed McGregor
07872 502 118