Residents with a passion for Hengistbury Head are being encouraged to volunteer their time to help support the brand new visitor centre – opening late summer 2013.
The Council is looking to recruit more than fifty volunteers to provide a variety of services all year round at the new community-run facility, including:
· Front of house volunteers for the visitor centre
· Learning guides to provide walks and talks
· Volunteers to looks after the archives and collections
· Wildlife research and monitoring volunteers
· Habitat management – cutting back scrub, planting trees etc.
· Volunteers to carry out visitor surveys
· Wildlife garden maintenance
· Volunteers with other skills including IT, crafts, art and sculpture, fundraising etc.)
Volunteers will report to a dedicated Visitor Centre Manager and full training and guidance will be provided.
Councillor Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a really exciting project for local residents to be involved in and volunteers will be instrumental to the success of the community-run visitor centre. With more than 200,000 visitors expected each year we will need a dedicated team of volunteers to assist us with every aspect of the running of the visitor centre from providing guided talks to monitoring and carrying out research on the varied wildlife in the area. Whether residents have a couple of hours spare each month or can volunteer more regularly, we would love to hear from them.”
To register for volunteering opportunities at the visitor centre, residents can email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Countryside Volunteer Co-ordinator, Queens Park Pavilion, Queens Park West Drive, BH8 9BY.
Volunteers must be aged 18 or over.