Volunteer

Volunteering with Leeds Museums and Galleries is a way to use your existing skills, develop new ones, improve your knowledge, increase your employability, meet new people and have fun!

We have been awarded the Leeds Compact Kitemark by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), demonstrating that we offer a good quality volunteer programme which is approved according to the standards set out in the Leeds Compact. We are very proud of this and continue to improve our volunteer offer in keeping with this quality standard.


 

 

Current volunteering opportunitiesCurrent volunteering opportunities<div class="ExternalClassAAFBF64508F149CDAF901458A897300C"><div><strong>Father Christmas volunteer - Abbey House Museum</strong></div><div><strong><br></strong></div><div>Abbey House Museum are looking for an enthusiastic person to don the traditional Victorian suit and step into character as Father Christmas for the festive season.</div><div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Abbey%20House%20Volunteer%20Santa.pdf">Father Christmas volunteer role information (PDF 128KB)</a></strong></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Volunteer Activity Assistant - Temple Newsam</strong></div><div><br></div><div>We're looking for additional  volunteers to assist visitors to engage with Temple Newsam House through craft activities.</div><div><br></div><div><strong><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/October%20and%20December%20Volunteer%20job%20description%202018.pdf"> Activity Assistant volunteer role information (PDF 491KB)</a></strong><br></div><div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong>Growing for Colour volunteer - Leeds Industrial Museum</strong><br><br></div><div>We're looking for people to join our friendly group who assist in developing and maintaining our community garden by growing fowers, dye plants, herbs and shrubs.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Growing%20for%20Colour%20Volunteer%20-%20Leeds%20Industrial%20Museum.pdf">Growing for Colour volunteer role information (PDF 482KB)</a><br></strong><br></div><div><br></div><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><b>Store Tour Guide - Leeds Discovery Centre</b></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E">We're looking for volunteers to assist with our guided tours every Thursday at 11am and 2pm.<br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><strong><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Volunteer%20Store%20Tour%20Guide.pdf">Stour Tour Guide volunteer role information (PDF 485KB)</a></strong></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><strong>The Vintage Youth Club volunteer - Abbey House Museum</strong><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E">Become a member of Abbey House Museum's dedicated youth group, and help develop the temporary exhibition space at the museum.<br></p><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Vintage%20Youth%20Club%20Volunteer.pdf"><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><strong>Vintage Youth Club volunteer role information (PDF 488KB)</strong></p></a><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><b>Spooky Scarecrow &/or Christmas Experience Installation volunteers - Lotherton</b></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E">Lotherton are building up a team of volunteer stewards who can be involved in preparing and delivering their two major events, the Spooky Scarecrow Trail, which runs from 27 October until 4 November and Christmas Experience, running from 23 November until 23 December on an ad-hoc basis.<br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Lotherton%20Spooky%20Scarecrow%20and%20Christmas%20Installation%20volunteers.pdf"><strong>Spooky Scarecrow &/or Christmas Experience Installation volunteer role information (PDF 512KB)</strong></a><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><strong>Spooky Scarecrow & Christmas Experience Events Stewards - Lotherton</strong><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E">We are building up a team of volunteer stewards who can be involved in preparing and delivering our two major events, the Spooky Scarecrow Trail, which runs from 27 October until 4 November and Christmas Experience, running from 23 November until 23 December on an ad-hoc basis.<br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><strong><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Lotherton%20Spooky%20Scarecrow%20and%20Events%20Stewards.pdf">Spooky Scarecrow &/or Christmas Experience Events Stewards role information (515KB)</a></strong><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><br></p><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"><b>Volunteer Live Guides - Lotherton </b></p><div>We're looking for volunteers to deliver these tours and interact with groups of visitors while explaining the history of the Edwardian house and the family who lived there.<br></div><div><br></div><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Volunteer%20Live%20Guides%20Lotherton%20August%202018.pdf"><div><strong>Volunteer Live Guide role information (PDF 140KB)</strong></div></a><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"> <br></p><div class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"> All available volunteer roles are advertised on this section of our website as well as on Twitter and Facebook.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​<br></div><p class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"> <br></p><div class="ExternalClassEDC3B82C56F344D0AD790E9A0EF7969E"> ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</div></div>
The application processThe application process<div class="ExternalClassCB6DE6BF23DE494182ED8CE76F64EA77"><p>We actively encourage applications from all sections of the community.  </p> <p><strong>Interviews:</strong><br>We may select individuals from applications and invite them for interview to determine whether they would be suitable for the role they have applied for.  </p> <p>Our decision on the suitability of a prospective volunteer is absolute and final.<br> <br><strong>References:</strong><br>All individuals will be required to undergo reference checks before they are formally accepted as a volunteer and depending on the volunteer role, may require a​ DBS check.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
How to apply https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/LMG_Vol_Application_form.doc, Volunteer Application form (opens as Word document)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Volunteer%20Policy%20Apr%202015%20(2).pdf, Our Volunteer Policy (opens as PDF)How to apply <div class="ExternalClass99D5F60FE81F4FAD90D5352CFCDBC2DA"><p>If you would like to get involved with any of our current projects, please download and complete a copy of our volunteer application form below.</p> <p>You can return it to <a href="mailto:volunteer@leeds.gov.uk">volunteer@leeds.gov.uk</a> or send it by post to: Volunteer Coordinator, Temple Newsam House, Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE.<br> <br>Unfortunately we cannot respond to speculative applications for roles other than those listed below.</p></div>
What do volunteers do? ​What do volunteers do? ​<div class="ExternalClass18F39AA7D0604965A2E6C20B445BDC58"><p>​Our volunteers carry out and assist with a wide variety of tasks. </p> <p>Previous and current volunteers have: <br><br>- Assisted with the documentation and research of our collections<br><br>- Helped identify and label collections <br><br>- Carried out cleaning and remedial conservation of objects<br><br>- Assisted in our Education and Outreach Programme<br><br>- Carried out basic data entry as well as front of house<br><br> - Undertaken meet and greet roles and reception work</p></div>
Who can volunteer? Who can volunteer? <div class="ExternalClassBE9DC3C80E924266B63FEE335AC4675F"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>​Anyone can volunteer with Leeds Museums and Galleries. It doesn't matter what your skills, experience or background are or how much time you have to give.  All that we ask is that you are enthusiastic about the work and aims of the Museums and Galleries service, willing to learn, committed, reliable and willing to abide by Leeds City Council's health and safety and equal opportunities policies. <br> <br>If you are currently undertaking a further/higher education course in a relevant field, you may wish to consider our internship programme.<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>

 

 

Growing for Colour Volunteer - Leeds Industrial Museumhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Growing for Colour Volunteer - Leeds Industrial Museum.pdf494012pdf
Vintage Youth Club Volunteerhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Vintage Youth Club Volunteer.pdf500225pdf
Volunteer Store Tour Guidehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Volunteer Store Tour Guide.pdf497313pdf
Abbey House Volunteer Santahttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Abbey House Volunteer Santa.pdf131661pdf
October and December Volunteer job description 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/October and December Volunteer job description 2018.pdf503385pdf
Lotherton Spooky Scarecrow and Christmas Installation volunteershttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Lotherton Spooky Scarecrow and Christmas Installation volunteers.pdf523762pdf
Lotherton Spooky Scarecrow and Events Stewardshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Lotherton Spooky Scarecrow and Events Stewards.pdf526414pdf
LMG_Vol_Application_formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/LMG_Vol_Application_form.doc132608doc
Volunteer Live Guides Lotherton August 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Volunteer Live Guides Lotherton August 2018.pdf142482pdf