Details of the Charity:
‘oh! The palace of palaces! and yet a palace sans crown, sans coronet – but such expense! Such taste! Such profusion!’ Horace Walpole, 1773
In 1761, the founders of Child’s Bank commissioned Robert Adam to create an elegant neo-classical villa for them to use as a summer party house. Today, the House is set in over 350 acres of park and farmland and is one of Britain’s most complete examples of Adam’s work. We are dependent on the enthusiasm and varied skills of our volunteers to keep the magic of Osterley alive. With over 20 different volunteer roles on property we have an incredibly diverse and welcoming volunteer community that it is a pleasure to be a part of.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
What was life in the past really like? Education Assistants aren’t afraid to don a mob cap or waistcoat to show us, and know how to make learning fun. They’re great at inspiring young people with practical activities and stories about how people at Osterley Park used to live. With over 10 years experience in sharing our history and engaging schools with our beautiful house and landscape our education team have a great support system for any new budding volunteers.
By getting involved, you could
- Help children and young people learn through practical sessions
- Share your knowledge and enthusiasm with younger visitors – inspiring the next generation
- Use your communication skills to deliver to varied groups
- Join an enthusiastic and varied team and make new friends
- Learning more about Osterley Park and its stories, so that you can bring it to life for younger visitors
- Leading or helping with inspiring activity sessions for schools groups
- Wearing period costume for role play activities
- Using and looking after resources used for school visits as well as creating some of your own!
- Helping to improve our school programme – we’d love to hear your ideas
- You are important in making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible – this includes getting to know health and safety and evacuation procedures
- There might occasionally be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.
Skills you Require from the Applicant:
- Full of enthusiasm and excited about telling stories
- Someone who enjoys working with children and young people
- Friendly and ready to answer questions – you never know what you’ll be asked!
- Keen to discover more about Osterley and its history
- Available at least once a fortnight
Additional Benefits to the Volunteer?
- We’ll help you get to know Osterley, how you can help and how you will work with the rest of the team – with induction and training
- We provide equipment to help you do this role well and safely
- We’ll also cover agreed costs of your travel between home and Osterley
Interested? Apply Below!