As a condition of the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Windmill Gardens have to provide 50 volunteers to act as guides to the windmill once it opens to the public on 2 May.
We held one training day for people interested in being guides on 26 September 2010. Since then, our education officer Lisa Rigg has been working extremely hard developing the interpretation/education programme for the windmill. She has some great ideas.
So before 2 May and the start of the regular monthly windmill open afternoons we will be organising further guide/volunteer training sessions in February, March and April, and probably a group visit to another windmill.
We also plan to have one ‘practice’ open day with local people and Friends invited to visit the mill one Sunday afternoon in April. This will allow us all to try out our guiding skills and put into practice what we have learned during the volunteer training sessions. After this we should all be more confident guides ready for 2 May and the summer!
So if you’re looking for an exciting and interesting way to make a difference to conserving Brixton’s heritage, and you love chatting to people, get in touch. You could learn some new skills and strengthen your CV as well as helping out your local community.
You don’t need any formal qualifications, but we will ask you to formally sign up to our volunteer policy, apply for a CRB check and put your name down for some days on the guide rota for this summer.
Whatever your interests or skills, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested, contact Alex Gaffikin, volunteer co-ordinator, on email@example.com.