Cheadle Discovery Centre Roles
Join our Team
Opportunities for volunteer experience
A chance to support your local community
Running a Heritage Centre involves a lot of hard work. It can only be done effectively with a really good, motivated group of people with the right mix of skills and enthusiasm. We do already have a strong core team including our initial trustees. They have a range of experience including business management, volunteering organisations, marketing, archiving & historical research, fundraising and project management. But we need more of everything!
Even if you can only offer a couple of hours a month then your time may be valuable to us as part of the staffing team but we are also looking for people with skills in more specialised roles too. For the time being we are committed to being a volunteer only organisation though funding may permit or necessitate our bringing in specialist paid skills to accomplish parts of any project.
Here are just a few of the areas where we will need help.
Keeping the centre open for several days a week will involve a large team of volunteers who need to be prepared to make a regular commitment. Currently we only have sufficient resource for 3 days a week. You would be part information giver- to residents and visitors’ alike, part shopkeeper and part history guide answering questions about Cheadle and our exhibits.
This could be anything from managing our volunteer schedule to keeping our bookings and events diary up to date and looking after correspondence and making sure our bills get paid.
We will need good creative and communication skills to ensure that people know about what the centre has to offer and are encouraged to visit and to use our facilities – especially where that may raise revenue. This is likely to include website management and social media skills.
We have a small retail offering within the centre providing a combination of local crafts plus Cheadle oriented merchandise. Longer term this may grow and responsibility for buying and stocking may be required. Initially there will be a need to work to a very tight budget with a revenue target in mind.
An important element of the centre is education. The national curriculum gives many opportunities to explore local history and geography so the centre is well placed to deliver resources and sessions to support local schools. If you have retired from teaching perhaps or stopped while you bring up a young family then this could be the way to continue to use your valuable skills.
Tourism Information Point
As well as the heritage aspect the centre aims to fulfil the role of tourism/local history information for tourists and local residents. Pulling together all the information needed, presenting it attractively and keeping it all up to date is no small task.
All of the above roles will need IT skills to some degree. An individual who can maintain our IT systems and co-ordinate it will be invaluable.
Collections Management, Curator and Development
Building a collection, cataloguing it and deciding how best to use it requires a combination of specialist skills and a generally meticulous approach to managing information. Also historical research will be required.
Currently this is done collectively by the trustees but longer term we may need someone to pull all of the activities together, to steer the rest of the team to ensure that the centre has a lively programme of activities and is well used by diverse groups for all sorts of activities always with an eye to the revenue that will keep the centre afloat.
W will be looking for grants for the centre but we also need to build a sustainable financial model that draws in revenue from a number of streams. This could include identifying relevant charities, setting up a friends or supporters scheme, seeking business sponsorship, applying to local bodies and working with the local authority.
Professional design for marketing and promotions. This can be anything from brochures and marketing material to design of temporary exhibitions or educational resources.
The above areas are not exclusive and the amount of time commitment could vary enormously. However If you are interested in getting involved your role could involve many of the above areas. We are keen to use volunteer’s skills and expertise to the full.
The first step is to contact us just to find out a little more and to see if this is something where you feel you could make a contribution. Even if you don’t feel ready to make a regular contribution it would be good to have contacts we could call on to assist with individual projects.
Most importantly you would be a member of a happy team who are dedicated to making a positive difference to the quality of life in our Cheadle community.