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Administration volunteer needed for Berkshire Family History Society in RG1

The Berkshire Family History Society Bookshop (the “Shop”) manages mail and online sales of Society products and specialist books purchased by it for resale. The Shop requires a keen volunteer to act as an assistant manager, working with the current managing directors in the running of all aspects of the Shop and in providing fresh ideas to develop our services to suit the future needs of family historians.

You don’t need specific previous experience – just an enquiring mind, organised approach, attention to detail and a willingness to learn new tricks. In the longer term, the assistant manager may be asked to cover occasional manager absence.

Currently the Shop stocks books, CDs and some maps and maintains a computerised stock control and management database. It also acts as an intermediary for online bookings of talks and educational courses run by the Society. Additionally, it supports Society branch libraries, provides stock for sale at family history shows and at the Berkshire Record Office. The Shop also deals with customer enquiries and concerns and gives input into Society product pricing decisions.

The publications and book reviews pages of the quarterly Society journal are prepared by the Shop, and its team also undertakes some book and CD/DVD reviews itself.

Shop operations are normally carried out only one day per week and then typically for 4 to 5 hours. The position would best suit a volunteer looking for a regular and long-term commitment. A
mature command of spoken and written English is essential, and the volunteer should be computer literate. An interest in Family History would be advantageous but is not a requirement.

Contact person firstname
Tony Roberts, Bookshop Manager
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
Contact instructions?
By email. If telephoning call on Tuesdays
Location address line 1
Centre for Heritage & Family History
Line 2
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library
Line 3
Abbey Square

Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Tue AMTue PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a regular scheduleHappy to work soloKeen learnerAnalytical thinkingPrecise and methodicalBusiness orientatedSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Training description
On the job coaching
Is support given?
Description of support
By current team and other volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Only for exceptional duties
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
1 May 2018