Volunteering at MK Museum, Wolverton

Milton Keynes Museum is a hands-on day out, dedicated to the history of MK. The museum has a thriving volunteer community, and they’re looking to expand this team:

MK Museum Volunteer Roles

Reception and Shop Team

Giving a warm welcome to our visitors, serving them on admissions and retail and keeping the museum shop stocked are just some of the tasks of our team of reception and shop volunteers.

This front of house role is for you if you’re outgoing, communicative, have an eye for detail, are happy to use a till and handle cash.

Catering Team

Our Granary Tea Room is known for its incredible homemade cakes and is a key element of our visitor’s experience, with volunteers serving the counter and taking food and drinks orders.

This front of house role is for you if you are approachable, hands on, communicative and are happy to use a till and handle cash.

Education Team

Helping to educate over 4,000 students a year is a rewarding task, and the Education team brings the past centuries back to life for children.

This front of house role is for you if you are approachable, know a thing or two about our local history and enjoying working with children and young people. No past teaching experience required!

Visitor Guide

Our friendly Visitor Guides provide accessible information for individual visitors and interpret our collection to pro-vide an all-around excellent visitor experience.

This front of house role is for you if you are interested in historic artefacts, have great interpersonal skills and are a good communicator.

Maintenance Team

There are always jobs to be done to care for the Museum, its buildings and artefacts – whether you’re a skilled crafts-person or good at DIY, you can help the museum with various projects.

This back of house role is for you if you are a hands-on team player, have some experience or interest in a craft/trade and are physically fit.

Events Team

Something all of our year-round events have in common are our Event volunteers who are in charge of planning, running and stewarding.

This front of house role is for you if you are a people person who is able to multitask and doesn’t mind working outdoors.

Contact Email           volunteer@mkmuseum.org.uk

Contact Number      01908 316 222

Contact Name          Mirjam Rundel

Postcode                    MK12 5EL (Milton Keynes Museum)

Link                             https://miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/

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FoodCycle Launching in Fishermead 8 June, could you help by volunteering?

FoodCycle connect communities through free meals and great conversation. Harnessing volunteer power, they utilise food surplus to create warm meals in welcoming spaces. After successfully establishing FoodCycle lunches in Wolverton, they are launching on the 8 June in Fishermead MK6 2SP Thursdays at 7.00pm, and they’re in need of volunteers!

Taster Session

On the 25th May FoodCycle will be hosting a practise run in Fishermead, where people can join them to help cook, host or just come and join us for the meal. They ask that everyone who intends on coming registers for an account.

To register for an account please visit https://volunteer.foodcycle.org.uk/volunteer-sign-up

In order to sign up to a slot, you just need to:

• Click on ‘Start FoodCycling’ at the top of your volunteer account

• Select East Anglia on the map

• Click on ‘volunteer with FoodCycle Milton Keynes Fishermead’

• Find the right date/role and click ‘sign up’.

You will then receive an automatic email confirmation with all the information you need ahead of the session.

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Volunteer Marshalls Needed for Charity Bike Ride

The Tour De Vale is taking place across Buckinghamshire on Sunday 11 June, and they’re looking for Volunteer Marshalls to help out on the day. The fundraising event is organised by WheelPower, who provide opportunities for disabled people to get into sport and lead active lives.

Volunteers will be asked to commit 2-3 hours of their time, in a Bucks location. High Vis and a packed lunch will be provided, and you’ll be cheering on riders cycling 25km, 75km or 110km.

If you’d like to find out more, please email eve.helyer@wheelpower.org.uk

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Could you be a Technology volunteer for BucksVision?

Digital Technology Volunteer

Technology can make life easier if you have hearing or sight problems, but knowing where to start is not always easy, this is where BucksVision need your help.

BucksVision offer 1-2-1 and group support to blind and partially sighted people to demonstrate how products, such as tablets and smartphones can help. 

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Willen Hospice are in search of a new trustee

Are you looking for an opportunity to support an MK-based charity? Willen Hospice, a charity which provides specialist end of life care to adult patients and support for their families, are looking to add a new member to their Board. Becoming a trustee can be a great way to enhance your CV, build networks, and make a difference in your community.

Read Willen Hospice’s guest blog for more on their rewarding voluntary role:

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Supporting Cancer Research Events in MK

Milton Keynes Race For Life and Pretty Muddy are taking place this Summer at Willen Lake on 10th and 11th June!

Race for Life events attract large audiences and are vital for Cancer Research UK to continue funding their scientists’ research. Could you volunteer your time to help ensure these uplifting gatherings run smoothly?

“We need more people to help run our events. Come on your own, join in with a friend, or bring your whole family. Everyone is welcome, and we guarantee you’ll end the day smiling
Imagine a sports ground with no cheering. It’s the same at a Race for Life without volunteers. We’re looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to bring the magic to over 400 events. Can you help us?
Please use this link to search for your local event.

We look forward to seeing you on an event site soon!”

The Roles Available:

Start Volunteer

Our start volunteers are instrumental in helping the participants get to the start line. Your role involves helping with the start process including ensuring participants are lining up correctly, moving through to the start at the correct time, and cheering them on as they go through the start gantry. You may also help with set up on the day depending on when you would like to arrive.

Finish Volunteer

Our finish volunteers are the first people our participants see as they cross that finish line. You will greet them with a medal and pat them on the back for a job well done. You can also help with setting up this area including getting the goodies ready to hand out, and packing everything away at the end.

Please note the above roles may be mixed meaning you could start on the start then go over to the finish and help with setting up both areas.

Course Marshal

Our course marshal role includes cheering on and encouraging the participants along the course, handing out refreshments, checking in with the team if issues arise and supporting the event whilst on the course

Obstacle Marshals

Our obstacle marshal role includes cheering on and encouraging participants and most importantly – getting them muddy! You’ll also be on hand to let us know if there are any issues at obstacles so our obstacle manager can come and sort it quickly.

Sign up here!

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Guest Blog: Volunteering Matters, Volunteer Drivers needed to help their communities

MK Driver’s Service have been awarded funding from Milton Keynes Council to develop and grow the transport service which benefits the local community.  

Milton Keynes are now recruiting for Volunteer Driver’s to join our Local Volunteering Driver’s Service who want to give something back by offering their time to help people who are in need of transport.

We aim to provide a safe and reliable transport service for passengers who may struggle using buses and taxis.  All our drivers are local, friendly, and provide a door to door Community Transport Service, so people can get out and about again, and access medical appointments and/or social activities. The purpose is to help people in maintaining their health, independence and reducing isolation.

The team of drivers are all caring and understanding of the passengers needs and assist passengers if and when required, travelling locally and/or as far as Oxford, Aylesbury, Cambridge, Northampton, Olney, and Bedford.   

All our drivers are DBS checked and receive appropriate training for this volunteering role.  

We would welcome any new interested drivers who would like to offer their time to make a difference to their local community.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in volunteering driving please share this information with them.

If you require flyers/posters to display on your notice boards, please let a member of the staff know and we will send them in the post and/or if you would like to discuss this volunteering role further please contact Heather Oddy Mobile: 07823413241 or Heena Trivedi on 07535086111. There is also an office number 01908 876074.

You can also read more here.

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