Double call for new volunteers

A north Northumberland-based museum and prison visitor centre are both on the look-out for volunteers.

The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, based in the grounds of Alnwick Castle, launches its Call to Action project this season.

The project aims to offer a year-round, vibrant programme of opportunities for people to learn, participate in and contribute to the telling of the Fusiliers’ story. The museum is now looking for reliable and friendly people to join its team of volunteers.

They will be offered the chance to develop skills in collections research and conservation, leading tours and talks, learning activities, costumed interpretation and re-enactment.

The museum will also offer training and learning opportunities in museum/heritage skills, core museum skills programme training, travel expenses and flexible hours.

To register interest, complete an application form online or for more information, call Nicola Day on 01665 602152/07443 535902.

Meanwhile, NEPACS, a long-standing North East charity, which runs the visitors’ centre at HMP Northumberland, near Acklington, is seeking new volunteers to help support families and children of prisoners.

The centre welcomes around 30,000 visitors each year, who are greeted on arrival by staff and volunteers from NEPACS.

Liz Thomson, NEPACS visitors’ centre manager, said: “Our team of staff and volunteers provide a friendly place to chat, have a cup of tea and can help to answer any questions or concerns that visitors may have about visiting prison or about their loved ones in prison.

“We greet people from all walks of life from near and far so it’s important that everyone is treated with respect, and feel welcome in a place and situation they may never have thought they would ever be.”

Anyone interested is asked to contact Liz on 01670 383736 or by email.