PARTNERSHIP working makes for exciting placement opportunities. Ordsall Hall has a thriving volunteer programme with a loyal team of volunteers.
In fact, the programme has been so successful that sadly, we often have to turn down requests from new volunteers simply because we can’t accommodate greater numbers.
This is disappointing for the applicants and frustrating for us, as we never enjoy turning down the offer of support, or the skills, enthusiasm and commitment that generally comes with it.
One of the ways that we have been able to provide some additional opportunities for volunteers recently is to work in partnership with other museums and galleries in the area to offer short-term placements.
Although cultural venues share many similarities, they also have individual differences that make them unique and set them apart from each other.
Partnership working has enabled volunteers from other venues to gain valuable volunteering experience in a totally different setting.
Over a few weeks we were able to offer experience of a wide variety of ‘bite-sized’ volunteering activities that represent what we have to offer our visitors and make Ordsall Hall such a great day out.
In addition to joining in with family friendly crafts, marvelling at the Radclyffe bed and learning about nearly 800 years of Salford history, placement volunteers have had the opportunity to take part in activities such as Ghost Nights, quizzes, re-creating a World War One allotment, and of course, dressing up and getting into character.
These experiences make Ordsall Hall not just an exciting place to volunteer, but also a brilliant place to visit.
A volunteer setting up the Great Hall for the Tudor Feast at Ordsall Hall