An hour or three

Leeds: Attend a volunteer induction 17/08/19 10am

Accept this challenge to attend the induction on: Saturday 17th August 2019 at 10am

Interested in becoming a regular volunteer? Then this is the challenge for you!

Not sure and want to find out more? Then this is the challenge for you!

You must be over the age of 16 to become a regular volunteer and to accept this challenge


Can't make this date? No problem, check out other dates hereStill nothing you can make? We'll be adding more sessions soon, watch this space!

What's involved?

  • We need three hours of your time
  • You will learn all you need to know about helping in the museum
  • Be guided through the Volunteer Handbook and sign our Volunteer Agreement

Schedule

10:00 – 10:15

Arrive at the Welcome desk and sign-in

Royal Armouries Museum Entrance

10:15 – 10:30

Introductions (with tea and coffee)

Operations Office

10:30 – 11:30

Introducing Volunteering at the Royal Armouries

We will go through the handbook, checking off all important information you need to know

 

11:45 – 12:00

Break

During the break we will chat each attendant, and collect all paperwork

 

12:00 – 12:30

Walk around of the museum

Hall of Steel

 


What to bring

  1. A form of photo ID such as a passport, driving license, citizens ID card etc.
  2. Contact details of a referee, this needs to be an employer or an equivalent suitable contact. It cannot be a family member but can be a teacher or lecturer. (Some challenges may ask for an additional reference, if you have two already and are happy to include their details, you will not be asked again). You can send this over email to volunteering@armouries.org.uk. You can download the reference form here. We will have copies of the form on the day.
  3. Details of a person to be contacted in case of an emergency and next of kin
  4. Emergency health infomation, this is entirly voluntary, but if you decide to provide us with this, please have the infomation at hand

Please let us know if you have any specific requirements, the museum is very accessible with no rescrictions for wheelchair access and plenty of seating areas.

Why get involved?

  • Once this challenge is complete you will be upgraded to a regular volunteer, unlocking more challenges on our site
  • You'll get a welcome pack
  • Have an opportunity to meet the team and ask questions
  • The session will end with a walk around of the galleries 

How to get involved?

Step 1: Sign up or log in to www.royalarmouries.volunteermakers.org/login/

Step 2: Accept the challenge

Step 3: Attend the induction (don't forget the bring all the relevent infomation listed above)

Step 4: You can now start accepting Leeds challenges

If you wish to swot up before the induction you can download our Volunteer Handbook and key policy documents in the About Us pages


Managing expectations (the small print)

Please be aware of a few experiences that we cannot offer:

  • Working with our collection: 
    Due to the nature of the Royal Armouries collection we have to limit access to areas where dangerous weapons may be on hand. Our staff have to follow rigorous legal procedures to ensure the security of the objects and the safety of everyone. Only a small handful of our 160 on site staff can legally handle many of our objects as part of our licence agreements.
  • Work experiences for children under 16: 
    Due to the nature of our collection and legal safeguarding requirements under 16s can only visit the museum when accompanied by a responsible adult. This means that at the moment we’re not able to offer regular volunteering challenges to anyone aged under 16. However we are currently working with local schools and groups to come up with challenges suitable for younger volunteers so watch this space! There are also challenges designed for family groups of all ages, keep checking our Work as a team pages for opportunities or speak to your teacher who can contact us about opportunities for school groups.
  • Talks, tours and demonstrations: The Royal Armouries has a professional team of live interpretation staff who are responsible for creating and delivering tours, talks, shows and a range of other events taking place each day in the museum. We cannot create a volunteering challenge for roles that we pay people to do. Some opportunities do exist in assisting in these areas, but please be aware that these are highly popular, often attracting hundreds of applicants for only a few places per year.

Although we are not able to offer experience in these areas many other museums, that don’t have the largest weapons collection in the world, may have more suitable volunteer opportunities for you. Non-national and smaller local museums often rely much more heavily on support from their surrounding communities than we do.

Ideal Skill

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Ideal Interest

  • Testing interest

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