Volunteer with Us
We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to work as part of a team and who have a passion for Tavistock! The Trust's volunteers will be the backbone of our work going forward and if you'd like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you. We are now offering a wide range of different opportunities – you can find out a bit more about each of them below.
Signing up to join any (or all!) of these teams is a fantastic way to help promote and conserve Tavistock’s heritage. It’s also an opportunity to learn a range of useful skills and to make new friends, as well as being a fun and rewarding experience in its own right! The Trust aims to match each volunteer with roles suited to their interests and experience, and we will do all that we can to enable volunteers with a range of abilities to get involved.
Our Volunteering Opportunities
As part of the Guildhall Gateway Project, we’ve reopened Tavistock's Visitor Information Centre (VIC)! The revived service is entirely provided by our team of volunteer Visitor Information Assistants, with two volunteers on duty at all times during the centre’s opening hours to answer enquiries from visitors and local residents. Smaller groups within the team have also taken charge of specific aspects of the operation, including developing the centre’s retail stock, managing the supply of information leaflets, and handling outreach with local attractions and accommodation providers.
If you’re interested in this role, have a look at our Role Profile for more information and then contact us using the form below.
Visitor Information Assistants
The ‘Guildhall Memories’ Oral History Project seeks to record the experiences of the people who passed through the Guildhall’s doors during its working life, including policemen, magistrates, witnesses and those on trial. We’re looking to recruit oral history researchers to interview these people so that their stories are preserved for the future. We will also use these memories to bring the Guildhall to life for visitors by incorporating excerpts from the interviews in the exhibition.
If you’re interested in this role, have a look at our Role Profile for more information and then contact us using the form below. Training and support will be provided by an expert oral history mentor so previous experience isn’t required.
Oral History Researchers
Learning & Events Volunteers
A crucial component of the Guildhall Project will be our work with local schools and local families to bring Tavistock’s history to life for children. Our Learning and Events volunteers will help us fulfil this objective by supporting school visits, stewarding family events and, in time, running courses and workshops for school groups in the Guildhall itself. This volunteering role will be exciting and rewarding, with a wide range of responsibilities and opportunities.
If you’re interested in this role, have a look at our Role Profile for more information and then contact us using the form below. Training and support will be provided by our Learning and Participation Officer. While experience of working with children and young people may be an advantage, it is not essential.
Guided Heritage Walk Leaders
We run a range of Guided Heritage Walks which introduce people to the history of our World Heritage Town. As part of the Guildhall Gateway Project, we’ll be expanding this programme by running walks more frequently and on a wider range of subjects – to do this, we're looking for people who are enthusiastic about sharing their love of history with the public. Full training will be provided, so no previous experience or knowledge is needed (although a desire to learn about the history of the town is essential!).
If you're interested in this role, please contact us using the form below!
Tavistock Heritage Trust will treat any information you provide in the strictest confidence - it will not be used for any purpose other than as part of our volunteer recruitment process and will not be passed to any third parties.