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Summer 2022 Volunteering

Baby crawling through sensory tunnel
Toddler participating in Sensory Play
Toddler at Messy Play

Early Years Learning Assistant

Where: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry City Centre

When: Specific dates when the Sensory Play Days and Mini Makers sessions are running. These usually fall on the first and third Thursday of every month, but can vary.

Time: 10:15am - 2:30pm for Sensory Play Days, and 10:15am - 3:30pm for Mini Makers

What: We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to gain experience with our youngest visitors (those aged 0-4 years old). As an early years volunteer you will be friendly, energetic, easy to talk to and patient. The Herbert offers a wide range of early years activities that include sensory play sessions and our VERY messy Mini Makers activities. These sessions get incredibly busy and involve a lot of tidying up, but most importantly fun!

Main Duties and Activities:

· Assisting families as they arrive for the activities. This includes taking payment, introducing them to the activities and directing them to where to put pushchairs.

· Talking to parents/carers to ensure they are happy and relaxed.

· Encouraging play - this sometimes involves helping a shy child to feel comfortable within the museum setting, or offering words of advice to parents about how to interact with our spaces.

· Being an advocate for sensory, imaginative and open-ended play.

· Promoting our early years offer and wider family programme.

· Helping to tidy up at the end of the activities.

Find out more: Contact Rupert Hedley at or 024 7623 7549

A person wearing roman armour

Lunt Roman Festival Volunteers

Where: Lunt Roman Fort, Baginton (about 3 miles from Coventry city centre)

When: Saturday 16th and/or Sunday 17th July 9am to 5pm. Half or full day - organisers can be flexible with hours

Travel: Can you drive there? Can you offer a lift? There is a bus service from Coventry. Talk to the organisers for more information.

What: Under the supervision of the Engagement & Development Manager, we have a number of different activities we need support with. Flexibility and enthusiasm are very important at this event:

  • Greet our visitors at the gate house and when not greeting help with children’s battle drill
  • Assist staff with craft activities in the fort granary
  • Strike replica coins and create keepsakes for visitors
  • Car park attendants direct visitors into spaces (no more than an hour per shift in the morning)
  • Litter pick and help to clear up at the end
  • Be generally friendly and helpful, giving other volunteers breaks, passing messages and helping our visitors enjoy the event

Skills, knowledge & qualities we are looking for

  • Good communicator
  • Polite, fun loving with a great sense of humour
  • Be prepared to join in, cover breaks and try several roles

Find out more: Contact Rupert Hedley at or 024 7623 7549