Do you live locally and have spare time on your hands? Perhaps you need some work experience in heritage and tourism to boost your CV? Whatever your stage in life, we may have the perfect volunteering opportunity for you.
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- Why volunteer
The Royal Victoria Chapel is managed by a core team of Hampshire County Council staff, helped by a enthusiastic pool of volunteers. Whether you’re 18 or nearer 80, you’re welcome get involved here. Try your hand at demonstrating historic artefacts, telling children’s stories, assisting at events or welcoming our visitors. You can make it a small drop-in activity or an ongoing role – just as your lifestyle permits.
Many of our volunteers join us to take part in one short-term project and enjoy it so much that they stay and take on more!
- Our roles
Whether you are a student, individual or a group we have lots of different roles available and will work hard to match your skills and availability to a role that works for you! Our volunteers gain satisfaction from giving their time to the project, while gaining skills and meeting new people at the same time.
- Student placements
We are pleased to offer placements and work experience to students at local colleges and universities, supporting students to gain CV-boosting experience and contributing to the Royal Victoria Chapel. We have worked with the University of Southampton, the University of Portsmouth, the University of Winchester and the University of Chichester. In addition to our core volunteer roleswe can offer placements and work experience to support students in the following areas:
- Visitor experience
- Public engagement with heritage
- Learning & Education
- Events management
- Social media and marketing
- Project work
- Community outreach
If you have any questions or would like more information please get in touch with us on our contact form.
- Volunteer news
Our monthly volunteering newsletter, Royal Vic News, shares project updates, success stories and volunteer opportunities across the Park. We invite all our volunteers to contribute stories, research and news.
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ's)
What is a volunteer?
Our definition: A volunteer is a person who gives their freely their time, skills and experience without expectation of financial reward.
When can I volunteer?
The Chapel is open every day of the week and some evenings for events, depending on what you would like to do. You can complete volunteering tasks like fundraising from home.
How much time do I need to give?
We have volunteering opportunities that suit all time constraints. You can contribute something as quick as reviewing a document, writing a social media post, creating a poppy or taking on a shift a week in the Chapel. There are opportunities from drop-in activities with your friends and family to completing a short project.
Am I eligible to volunteer?
If you’re from outside the UK and would like to volunteer, check your visa/entry clearance conditions before applying, to make sure it lets you do voluntary/unpaid work.
Will I be paid?
Volunteers are not paid. We will reimburse certain expenses, such as transport costs during a volunteer activity, but it’s not usual to reimburse the cost of travel between your home and the Chapel. Any expenses you incur should be agreed with your manager beforehand, and you’ll need to complete a claim form for any travel expenses afterwards. Volunteer Policy [link].
Will I receive training?
All volunteers receive training appropriate to the role they are undertaking. This will either be completed with a volunteer buddy or by shadowing a member of staff.
Once I start volunteering with you, how I will be kept in touch with what’s going on?
When you are working in the Chapel the Duty Manager will do a 10 minute briefing at the beginning of the shift. Good news is shared by our monthly volunteer e-newsletter or noticeboard.
How do you reward and recognise your volunteers?
We hold an annual summer BBQ and Christmas events for our volunteer team. We also run a bi-monthly coffee morning. We are proactive at nominating our fabulous volunteers for national and local awards. We run our own certificate scheme.
Will I be insured?
Volunteers will be covered by our insurance, as long as the activities they are completing are authorised by a member of the Chapel team.
Can school groups or local youth groups get involved?
We have a scheme called Chapel Champions. Groups can sign up at any time. Tasks include:
- Visit the Chapel and give feedback on your experience
- Chapel take-over days: create your own event in the Chapel
- Piloting new group activities and evaluating it
- Engaging with our Chapel Champions network
We also accept young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
I would like to get involved in the Chapel. What happens now?
You can see current volunteer roles here [link to Page 2 ‘Our Roles’] or complete our online contact us for more information [link to Contact Us form] and a member of our team will be in touch with you.