Historic Church Trails Volunteer – Leicestershire/Rutland

Salary:
Voluntary role
Hours/days:
Flexible hours
Location:
Home based - North region

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 or retirees.

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 private footpaths
  • Taking information from 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 Local Community 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.
  • Communicating an enthusiasm for our churches and their history. Ensuring a positive experience for visitors, and promoting the work of the CCT
  • Ensuring that the church is well presented to visitors; tidying and filling up leaflet racks, occasional visitor data collection, meter readings, 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 our growing team of volunteers in similar roles across the country and have the opportunity to join local group meetings / social events, including our Annual Volunteer Conference.

Usual hours and time frame: Flexible. This role has been designed for a part time commitment of a short or a longer term basis if desired.

For more information or for an infromal chat please contact Robert or Alison.

Robert looks after Leicestershire: rmilton@thecct.org.uk

Alison looks after Rutland: apearce@thecct.org.uk