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SOFO is always keen to hear from people who wish to become more involved with their local museum. From helping out on the front desk, assisting with events and education to working on research or cataloguing projects, SOFO offers opportunities for all ages and backgrounds to contribute to the work of the museum. All training will be given, no experience necessary, interest in military history is great but just wanting to be part of a small dedicated team is even better.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORMS, GUIDES & INFORMATION

Download a copy of the SOFO Volunteer Application Form

Download a copy of the SOFO Volunteer Policy

Download a copy of the SOFO Volunteers Guidelines

Download a copy of Information for Potential SOFO Volunteers

NOTES: All our volunteers receive an induction and training and for some roles a DBS check is carried out.

Volunteer Roles

 

LIBRARIAN

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

The volunteer Librarian helps the Collections Manager with caring for the books in the two SOFO libraries.

The libraries in our Research Centre and Archive cover various aspects of military history and are used by our staff and volunteers to assist with research and reference tasks. SOFO also offers visitors appointments to access these books.

THIS ROLE WILL SUIT YOU IF YOU ARE

  • Organised and methodical
  • Happy to work by yourself and in a small team
  • Happy using computers
  • Interested in books and libraries, but don’t worry we will provide full training on how to use our libraries
  • Interested in military and social history

BY GETTING INVOLVED YOU COULD

  • Increase your knowledge of the county’s military history
  • Be part of vital research to help preserve the stories of conflict in Oxfordshire
  • Gain experience of working with books and libraries
  • Be part of a varied and enthusiastic team and make new friends

MAIN TASKS

  • Scanning and updating completed research enquiries in our Shared Area
  • Adding new books onto our library database
  • Removing duplicate books from the libraries
  • Assisting research and collections volunteers with finding relevant books for their work
  • Sorting through the backlog of books (with Collections Manager)
  • Helping with a library move project (with Collections Manager)
  • Filling out condition reports on the older books (with Collections Manager)

FRONT OF HOUSE AND GALLERY GUIDES

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

Front of House Volunteers and Gallery Guides help visitors to enjoy and learn about the museum and play a key role in helping to ensure that visits are an educational and inspiring experience.

Volunteers in Front of House also help to protect the health and safety of visitors, and play a part in keeping the galleries and collection well presented at all times.

THIS ROLE WILL SUIT YOU IF YOU ARE

  • Full of enthusiasm and hoping to inspire visitors of all ages
  • Someone who enjoys being around people
  • Interested in military and social history but don’t worry we will provide background information on the galleries

BY GETTING INVOLVED YOU COULD

  • Increase your knowledge of the county’s military history
  • Welcome and inspire visitors from all over the world
  • Be part of a varied and enthusiastic team and make new friends
  • Spend time in a modern purpose built museum

MAIN TASKS

  • Providing a friendly and informed welcome to all visitors
  • Take admissions and give out gallery guides
  • Helping visitors to discover more about our historical collections and displays by providing guided tours of the galleries, giving short talks, answering questions and selling items in the shop
  • Helping to ensure all front of house procedures are followed
  • Getting to know health and safety and procedures including evacuation procedures and incident/accident reporting
  • Being aware of provisions for visitors with disabilities or reduced mobility
  • Attending training and workshop sessions relevant to the role
  • Learning and sharing ideas with other volunteers

 

EVENTS AND FUNDRAISING

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

This volunteer role combines helping to organise fundraising and promotional events at the museum and external venues (these could include family fun days, lectures and open days), helping to identify and develop new ideas for fundraising and supporting the research needed for applications to grant awarding bodies.

Help deliver a variety of events at the museum. From preparation and setting up to running activities on the day, it’s all about offering our visitors fun and memorable experiences.

Volunteering on the Friends Committee and attending meetings to discuss the programme.

THIS ROLE WILL SUIT YOU IF

  • You like organising events and enjoy both the creative and project management aspects of doing so
  • You like to work as part of a positive team to develop new ideas for fundraising
  • You like researching and assisting with fundraising applications for on-going costs and new projects

BY GETTING INVOLVED YOU COULD

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and make new friends
  • Enjoy different experiences and learn something new
  • Gain experience in planning and running public events

MAIN TASKS

  • Working with a team of volunteers and others to develop a programme of fundraising events.
  • Working out the logistics of each event (who needs to do what, when and so on), scheduling and allocating tasks and then making them happen.
  • Helping with on-the-day delivery of events.
  • Research and support funding applications

SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

Promoting all our activities is vital to ensure the museum is well used and supported. The role involves being part of this marketing activity while ensuring that the museum is promoted in the right way to attract visitors.

THIS ROLE WILL SUIT YOU IF

  • You have knowledge or experience of publicity and advertising
  • Experience of dealing with media (tv, radio or print)
  • Experience with social media
  • You want to share skills for the benefit of others
  • Reliability and trustworthiness

BY GETTING INVOLVED YOU COULD

  • Develop valuable and transferable skills and experience to help with possible career plans
  • You will be part of a large team of enthusiastic and friendly staff and volunteers, in a brand new building in a beautiful setting!
  • Your role will be varied and rewarding
  • Develop your contacts with local, regional and national media.
  • Enhance your CV

MAIN TASKS

  • Writing Facebook and Twitter posts and adding material to our Instagram and other social media accounts.
  • Interviewing people who have a current or historical connection with the museum to produce material for use in articles, social media posts and online videos.
  • Contributing to our developing marketing, publicity and public relations strategy by identifying new target groups, promotional channels and key messages

LEARNING AND OUTREACH

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

Assist with family and children learning activities both at formal and informal learning sessions at the museum.

THIS ROLE WILL SUIT YOU IF

  • You are enthusiastic and reliable
  • You are creative and can think on the spot
  • You are happy with mild pressure (workshops and sessions can be busy)
  • You have very good communication skills
  • You are keen to learn and develop
  • You are comfortable working with children
  • You want to share skills for the benefit of others
  • Reliability and trustworthiness

 

BY GETTING INVOLVED YOU COULD

Contribute to the museum’s successful learning programme

Help plan future events and activities such as Kids in Museums, and The Big Read.

MAIN TASKS

  • Interacting with children
  • Assisting with craft activities
  • Assisting children with gallery trails
  • Assisting with handling sessions
  • Helping to prepare materials for sessions

 

ORAL HISTORY

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

Oral History Volunteers add to our archive of county stories and information around military history, by interviewing and recording people’s life stories. These interviews are available to researchers and used to create interesting exhibitions / soundbites for our visitors or for educational use.

As we start to plan events around Second World War anniversaries and develop our Reminiscence program, we are also creating ‘pop-up memory booths’ where oral history volunteers will play a key part in creating a sound archive of living memory.

THIS ROLE WILL SUIT YOU IF YOU ARE

  • Someone who enjoys being around people and listening to their stories
  • Interested in recent military and social history
  • Happy to volunteer the majority of time on your own
  • Not fazed by technology, although full training will be given

BY GETTING INVOLVED YOU COULD

  • Increase your knowledge of the county’s military history
  • Learn oral history techniques
  • Be part of a varied and enthusiastic team and make new friends
  • Grow our oral history archive

MAIN TASKS

  • Interviewing, archiving and transcribing recordings via digital recording equipment
  • Visit people throughout the county, attend Reminiscence session and help out at ‘pop - ups’
  • Identify timings for summaries to locate oral material to be used
  • Attending training and workshop sessions relevant to the role
  • Learning and sharing ideas with other volunteers


Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
Park Street
Woodstock
Oxfordshire OX20 1SN

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frontofhouse@sofo.org.uk

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