Why volunteer? Innate curiosity has to play a role!
I have always looked forward to Bristol Open Doors weekend, and a few years ago took the short step from visiting venues to becoming involved as a volunteer.
It is a real eye opener to see how the very small core group of people at the Architects Centre work flat out for 11 months and 3 weeks to bring together over 100 venues for one extraordinary weekend. My roles as a volunteer have varied each year, depending on how much time I have to spare and what is needed: delivering programmes to venues; escorting visitors along the Harbourside; carrying out visitor surveys and adding data to the Great Master Database.
Why volunteer? Innate curiosity has to play a role! I find it absorbing to be behind the scenes, meeting the enthusiastic and generous staff and volunteers at the individual venues and to hear their stories. It greatly increases my enjoyment of Open Doors to not only share the experiences of those who have been involved from the earliest days but also to feel the excitement of the newest recruits who are elated at opening their buildings to scores of visitors.
I have been asked what have been my favourite experiences over the past years. This is so difficult, but most memorable include ringing Church bells; touring the Redcliffe caves; hearing how the city’s waste is processed; wandering around the brilliant Glenside Hospital Museum; peeking up in the roof of the tiny and ancient Elsie Briggs house.
The Open Doors volunteers are not only part of a team, we are given opportunities to shape how the event will run in the future. We are not only appreciated for our help, we are given training to assist us make the most of the work we are doing. So why not join us for 2019, you will be made very welcome.
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