The Mill Needs You!

The Mill is a community space run for, and by the community. We rely on volunteers to keep the building open six days a week. Hundreds of people help out at The Mill every month, and there are so many ways to get involved as a volunteer. Whether you can spare 2 hours a week or 20, we would love to hear from you. To find out about volunteering – you can come and speak to Ruth, our Volunteer Coordinator, at her monthly drop-in session 10am – 2pm the last Saturday of the month. 

If you’re not able to come along on a Saturday fill in our volunteer form and we’ll contact you.

Children’s Art Club Helper

Task: Help at our after school art club for children.
Time Commitment: Thursday afternoons, 3:30pm – 6pm
Skills needed: Friendly personality, interested in art and working with children and young people

What does it involve?

Help our friendly Artworks team at our regular art club for children aged 6+. You should have a friendly personality, happy to work with children and their parent’s and carers, an interest in art and making things, and be willing to get your hands dirty! We will need your help with setting up and clearing up afterwards.

Handy Person

Task: Help us keep the building in tip top condition.
Time Commitment: As and when required
Skills needed: Competent at basic building repairs and use of small electrical and mechanical equipment.

What does it involve?

Carry out minor repairs as and when required, for example to fixtures and fittings, putting up shelves and pictures, small paint jobs and assistance in shifting furniture for events.  Willing to be on call for emergencies.

Able to understand and apply regulations (including health & safety, manual handling regulations).

Comms Volunteer

Task: Promote the work of The Mill locally
Time Commitment: 2 – 3 hours a week, flexible and based from home
Skills needed: Good written communication, including copywriting/editing skills and experience of using social media and websites. Experience with WordPress, CMS and/or HTML or experience of writing press releases and working with the media would be particularly helpful.

What does it involve?

Be a part of our small team of comms volunteers who help spread the word about The Mill. Depending on your interests and experience, you could help us with:

  • Updating our website with information about events and activities
  • Using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media to share our work
  • Writing press releases about our work and maintaining links with local media
  • Reporting at our events, and writing blogs and social media posts about what we’ve achieved

Mailchimp Newsletter Coordinator

Task: Help coordinate our monthly email newsletter
Time Commitment: 2 – 3 hours a week, flexible and based from home
Skills needed: Good written communication, including copywriting/editing skills; IT skills; experience of HTML, CMS and/or Mailchimp

What does it involve?

Help us coordinate our monthly email newsletter which we send out using Mailchimp. You will be helping to maintain our subscribers list, collating the content each month and editing a writing short pieces to include in the newsletter. Experience of using Mailchimp will be helpful. You’ll be a part of our small team of comms volunteers who help spread the word about The Mill.

Reception & Front of House Volunteer

Task: Reception, front of house, general admin support and hosting visitors.
Time Commitment: Minimum one 4-hour session per week.
Skills needed: Friendly and welcoming manner, team player, basic/intermediate level IT skills.

What does it involve?

  • Answering phones, dealing with queries (on phone & in person), meeting and greeting visitors
  • Keeping rooms tidy
  • Updating notice boards, maintaining events and activities registers, keeping a plentiful supply of up to date information at Reception
  • Keeping tea & coffee point tidy – replenishing supplies and washing up crockery and cutlery
  • Helping to set up rooms for meetings

Fundraising Team Volunteers

Task: To assist with fundraising events and activities.
Time Commitment: A minimum of 3 – 4 hours a month.
Skills needed: Enthusiasm, happy to learn about The Mill and be able to communicate what you learn to other people, good verbal communicator, good at encouraging others to get involved/donate, event skills might be useful.

What does it involve? 

Tasks will vary according to the individual but may include…

  • Working in a team with the support of other volunteers and staff
  • Helping plan and deliver fundraising activities e.g. events, quizzes, bake sales etc.
  • Talking to people about our Friends Scheme and encouraging people to sign up
  • Helping come up with fundraising ideas.

Events Team Volunteer

Task: To provide support at events – helping set up and run events including art exhibitions previews, community events, fundraising events and family events.
Time Commitment: Varies depending on the event and how many events a volunteer is able to commit to. Approx. 3 – 4 hours at each event. Events are usually run at weekends and in the evenings.
Skills needed: Friendly and welcoming manner, team player, proactive, happy to get involved.

What does it involve?

  • Help set up The Mill for events
  • Help publicise events (distribute flyers and posters)
  • Organise materials and equipment for events
  • Organise and serve refreshments at events
  • Act as a welcomer at events
  • Help with evaluation e.g. asking people to complete questionnaire

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