Volunteer Tour Guide

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Location: 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London, London, Greenwich, SE10 9LW (see map)

Travel: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich station. Greenwich Town Centre / Cutty Sark bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help engage diverse audiences. This role supports the ORNC by helping to engage individual visitors and groups into our an extraordinary cultural experience, bringing the stories and history of the ORNC to life.
  • Purpose of volunteer role:
    To deliver high standard engaging guided Tours to our visitors, sharing the history of our site, offering them an enjoyable and insightful cultural experience.
  • Key responsibilities:
    • To lead visitor tours and talks at ORNC to an advertised
    and agreed timetable
    • To be able to work both as part of a team and on your own
    • Respond positively to change and new ideas
    • To prepare, present and deliver an exciting and participatory experience to our visitors.
    • To attend a series of training sessions to prepare you for the role, and maintain and attend regular ongoing training as part of the role.
    • Become familiar with and then follow the ORNC’s Health and Safety Policy at all times
    • Be a representative of the ORNC
The Story of Greenwich Starts Here

The Story of Greenwich Starts Here

What impact will this have?

  • This role is key in helping us deliver our visitor experience offer, as Tour guide volunteers contribute to our regular guided offer on a daily basis.
  • You will engage visitors in an extraordinary cultural experience, stimulate their interest about history through sharing the stories of our Heritage site. The role has a direct impact for the Visitor Experience that the Old Royal Naval College. Staff and volunteers all around the site give to the visit a personalised touch to the visitor experience, making it a great place to visit and to come back to.
  • Volunteers are paramount to our organisation, their welcoming attitudes and love for history and knowledge expands and enriches the ways we interact with audiences every day.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • Time commitment:
    Minimum of 3 hours per week and availability to attend all training dates prior to commencement.

What else do I need to know?

  • The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is one of London’s most famous riverside landmarks. Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece attracts over 1.8 million visitors a year and is in the top 15 visitor attractions in London. After years of meticulous planning and energetic fundraising the Painted Hall is underwent its most comprehensive makeover in its history. Over the last two years, every inch of decorated surface has been lovingly cleaned and conserved. Areas open daily include the Painted Hall, the Chapel and Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre.

Expenses

  • • Travel costs of up to £15 per day will be reimbursed based on Oyster
    card/travel receipts
    • £3.50 towards lunch for a five hour shift or more

Background checks

  • No background checks are required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Charity
  • Events
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Teaching
  • Team working
  • Public speaking, history, customer service
What skills can I gain?
  • Charity
  • Events
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Practical
  • Professional
  • Technology

Training

  • As an ORNC volunteer you will receive:
    • A full induction, in-house training and support from experienced
    heritage professionals
    • Regular support and supervision from the Volunteer Manager
    • Local discounts in shop and cafes
    • Free access to the site attractions
    • Travel costs of up to £15 per day will be reimbursed based on Oyster
    card/travel receipts
    • £3.50 towards lunch for a five hour shift or more.
    Volunteers will have the opportunity to:
    • Become part of a friendly dedicated and new team.
    • Meet people from all walks of life and make new friends.
    • Enjoy new experiences whilst sharing a passion for history and the ORNC.
    • Develop public speaking and story-telling skills

Location

2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London, London, Greenwich, SE10 9LW

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