More about our award winning volunteer programme
Our volunteer programme is funded from the Arts Council and we aim to deliver a dedicated programme that engages our diverse, hard to reach local communities and embed them at the heart of our work. We have forged partnerships, eg with healthcare trusts, Universities and community organisations, sharing best practice and lessons learnt and are committed to delivering a programme of engagement encompassing learning, health and wellbeing.
Collections sit at the heart of all community engagement work for the museum, they are used to inspire, engage and promote learning. The developing volunteer programme is already breaking down barriers to understanding and challenging misconceptions of museums, demonstrating that museums have something to offer for all through different ways and levels of engagement. We are committed to increasing audience diversity and have recently formed partnership with the council’s mental health and wellbeing service and have seen a steady increase in the number of service users engaging with us. We offer an inclusive and welcoming environment so that those with low self-esteem or support needs have a safe environment in which to test the waters and get involved in volunteering. We have seen volunteers flourish in our museums and really develop and challenge themselves.
We also engage hard to reach groups in short term project’s. The Universal Roots Project engaged a diverse range of tenants from Nottingham City Homes with our collections. It culminated in an exhibition of boots and shoes, and the stories behind those objects relating a journey of migration from the participants’ home countries to their new home in Nottingham. In March the project was awarded the TPAS award for excellence in equality and diversity.
The Programme now supports over 260 volunteers in a variety of roles across all NCMG sites and in 2015-16 volunteers contributed a staggering 23000 hours.