Family Events Volunteer  with Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG) (Ref: 1483)
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The Westonbirt Learning Team engages with visitors of all ages, delivering informal hands-on learning activities during family events and community visits as well as formal learning experiences with schools and colleges. Family event volunteers particularly support the family events, engaging with families, helping them to explore and discover more about trees, the arboretum and the natural world. The Family events usually take place Monday-Friday during most school holidays and volunteers are requested to sign-up for at least six sessions per year, either all day 10.30am-4.30pm or afternoons 12.30pm-4.30pm. In addition, family events form part of the Enchanted Christmas evenings during December. There will also be four weekend family events taking place throughout 2018.

Volunteers will:
- Engage with visitors of all ages at our family events, inviting them to follow the activity trails and take part in the crafts and discovery challenges.
- Work as part of a team, planning and developing ideas for family events and learning centre activities; researching and writing activities can be carried out at home or at the arboretum.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to get involved with other activities in the learning team, such as supporting leaning officers with school visits, creating resources, making craft examples, checking family trails, and learning centre maintenance.
What are they looking for?

Experience in engaging with families, children or adult groups,

The ability to communicate with all kinds of visitors, whilst being reliable, positive, patient, and keen to share your enthusiasm for the arboretum with others.

Good attention to detail, an interest in trees, natural history and a willingness to learn are also important.


Westonbirt Arboretum will provide two training sessions covering induction, learning theory, engaging with the public, and the learning programme for the year ahead.

Volunteers will be partnered with other volunteers for their first family event.

Relevant materials will be provided for you.

Volunteers should be aware of the possibility of extended periods of standing outside, and of being away from site facilities for a period of hours.

Westonbirt Arboretum will contribute towards travel expenses.

Westonbirt Arboretum will assist in the completion of Disclosure and Barring System checks.

When: Variable times
Age requirements: All ages

Waste Drive, Westonbirt: The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

About Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG)
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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, located three miles from the Cotswold town of Tetbury, has 17 miles of accessible paths winding through a picturesque Victorian landscape which is home to internationally important tree and shrub collections, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Westonbirt attracts over 400,000 visitors per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays

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