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Come join the ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassadors team!

Information / Advice volunteers needed for Reading UK

A new volunteer-led scheme to welcome visitors to Reading is up and running at Reading Station. But we still need volunteers to join the team! Organised by Reading UK, a team of local volunteers is providing an information service to visitors arriving by train, playing their part in Reading’s economic recovery by providing a warm welcome, local information and directions.

The Welcome Ambassadors have been initially operating three mornings a week, but it is hoped that more volunteers will join the team allowing Reading UK to expand the service.

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK, said: “The volunteer Ambassadors represent our town and all that is great about it, sharing their knowledge of things to do, where to go and how to get there with the thousands of people who pass through Reading Station every day. If you are proud of Reading and interested in helping welcome visitors back to our town, come join the team.”

Terry Dixon, Welcome Ambassador volunteer said: “From helping people on the station with all manner of requests and giving a good first impression of Reading to providing directions and ideas of things to do in Reading, volunteering as a welcome ambassador is rewarding and fulfils an important function of promoting our friendly town to people visiting or just passing through.”

Reading UK is looking for people who want to share their pride in Reading, its history and culture and modern economy, by giving up three hours a week to help run the mobile visitor information stand inside Reading Station. Volunteers will have a good knowledge of Reading, its geography and what it has to offer to tourists, shoppers, business visitors or people visiting for other reasons.

The Welcome to Reading Ambassadors are based inside Reading Station near the main ticket barriers at a mobile tourist information stand. Volunteers receive full training and a uniform and will be working in a team with other volunteers. Anyone interested will need to be able to
volunteer for three hours, one day a week.

Get in touch for more information and a full role description.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Alex Brannen, Communications Manager
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07860 779166

Location description
The New Reading Station Concourse
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
You will need to be able to volunteer for up to three hours a week on average.
Task type?
Information / Advice
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedGood sense of humourSociableSupportiveCommunicatorWants to get out and about
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
from fellow volunteers
Are expenses paid?
No
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
No
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
3 September 2021

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