Volunteer Story: Irene

Volunteer Irene at the Museums Sheffield stores © Museums Sheffield

“Volunteering gives you the freedom to choose the activities you like at a time that fits with your schedule”

My name is Irene, I’m a Spanish tutor (and native too!). I moved to Sheffield at the beginning of October and since then, I have been volunteering for Museums Sheffield.

Joining Museums Sheffield as a volunteer has made me feel very welcome in the city. My very first role was asking the public for their opinions of an exhibition through a survey. I volunteer a lot with the Learning Team, giving a hand with School Workshops and Family Discovery Days. I also helped with the Fundraising Dinner - with the preparation beforehand and welcoming visitors on the night. I have volunteered at both Weston Park Museum and the Millennium Gallery and I currently volunteer at the Museum Stores, alongside one of the curators and other volunteers to keep the collection data up-to-date.

I found out about Museums Sheffield while I was in Spain. I was looking for jobs in museums in Sheffield and I saw there was an opportunity to volunteer with them. I thought it was a brilliant idea. Volunteering gives you the freedom to choose the activities you like the most at a time that fits with your schedule. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Volunteering at Museums Sheffield makes me very happy.

The act of volunteering is very rewarding itself, but it’s also provided me with lots of knowledge about the museum. I have met many different and wonderful people. I also did a training course: Level 2 Award in Principles of Customer Service in Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism, it was great! Another good thing about Museums Sheffield is that they really care about the volunteers and they reward us with events, such as visiting the collection in the store, a Christmas Party, exhibition launches, talks, and even a discount card that can be used to visit other places in Yorkshire or in the museum’s shops and cafes.

If you are thinking about volunteering with Museums Sheffield, I couldn’t recommend it more, the people are very nice, especially Ruth (the person who deals with all the volunteers), and you will be helping them at the same time as learning. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to collaborate with them if you have the chance, you won’t regret it!

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