Historic Church Trails Assistant - Wiltshire or Hants

Salary:
Voluntary
Hours/days:
Flexible
Location:
Home based/Flexible

Location: Various. Can be home-based but ideally around Shrewton area in Wiltshire or Kings Somborne area in Hampshire.

About the project:

The Churches Conservation Trust is custodian to an internationally significant collection of churches across England. Many of these churches are linked together in clusters by footpaths, bridleways, rivers or cycle-ways, making idyllic days out for a wide range of audiences.

Your role will be to research, plan and document historic church trails which will take visitors on enlightening journeys into, and between, CCT Churches. These trails will be hosted on our website and could be taken to production in leaflet form with the ultimate aim of exposing new audiences to heritage, improving the visitor experience at our churches , and raising donations for the Churches Conservation Trust. This role has been designed to be achievable within a short time scale and is perfect for students on their summer holidays.

What’s involved?

  • Researching and documenting the best routes to get in-between CCT churches using footpaths, cycle-ways, waterways, scenic roads and any other imaginative form of transport you can think of! 
  • Where applicable making contact with owners of routes (public footpaths,
  • Taking information from the various sources, including the existing church guidebook, to put together a very short synopsis of each church to entice the trail goers on to the next church. 
  • Working with your Volunteering Officer to develop creative and exciting ways of telling the stories of the church (e.g. through, visuals, sound, handling artefacts, interactive activities) and making them appealing to a wide range of audiences.
  • Scheduling dates when you will offer guided tours, and with the help of your Volunteering Officer, advertising these locally and on the CCT website.
  • Greeting visitors, communicating an enthusiasm for the church and its history. Ensuring a positive experience for visitors by answering queries, encouraging discussion and promoting the work of the CCT
  • Ensuring that the church is well presented to visitors; tidying and filling up leaflet racks, occasionally dusting and sweeping when necessary.
  • Monitoring all matters affecting the church’s contents, its use and enjoyment by visitors, and reporting back concerns as appropriate
  • Being conversant with and capable of implementing emergency fire, evacuation and accident procedures.
  • Following security procedures to prevent theft or damage
  • Being an active part of the volunteer team, supporting your peers and attending training workshops where necessary.
  • Completing a short site inspection form on each visit to the church.
  • Becoming familiar with and following the Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times

 

This will suit people who…. This will suit people who have an enthusiastic and friendly manner, enjoy meeting people, like operating as part of a team but able to work on their own initiative and who are keen to promote heritage in their local area. Creative individuals with a knack communicating with a wide range of audiences in a variety of styles will be very successful in this role. A passion for helping others learn about history is essential. You'll need a love for the great outdoors and your own transport - whether by bike, car, foot or whatever form your trail takes. 

Training/resources

  • You will receive a half day induction course and introduction to your role. This welcome meeting will also be an opportunity to explore your hopes, expectations and requirements.
  • There will be a full time member of CCT staff to support you in your role, and a small budget can be made available to explore and realise your ideas for your trail. .
  • You will be part of a team of volunteers in similar roles across the West of England and have the opportunity to join group meetings / social events, including our Annual Volunteer Conference.

Usual hours and time frame: Flexible. This role should be achievable on a day a week over 8 weeks and has been designed to fit in with the school summer holidays. It would also be possible to work on this on a longer term basis if desired.

Contact:
Ed McGregor
Telephone:
07872 502 118
Email:
emcgregor@thecct.org.uk