Volunteering

We have a valuable and diverse team of volunteers.

Our volunteer opportunities include helping staff with events, tours, workshops and other activities.

Our volunteers bring added value to our visitor experience. For example, a volunteer with an interest in history is able to share their knowledge guiding our visitors around our historical site. On our information desk, volunteers chat to visitors about Somerset House, its history and our programme.

"It’s an absolute joy and I always look forward to my volunteer role with enthusiasm"

Janet, volunteer

Training

We give volunteers the support and training they need to support them in their role. We have a Volunteer Manager who coordinates and facilitates training with our volunteers on regular basis. You decide how much time you can give – some of our volunteers help us for a limited period, while others have been with us for years.

We hope that volunteers receive some of the following benefits:

  • Put existing experience to good use
  • Be challenged
  • Learn a new skill
  • Gain references for a job or further education
  • Be supported by a professional, experienced team
  • Have an enjoyable experience and join our community

In return, we ask for your commitment, reliability and an interest in exploring Somerset House.

Our policy is that volunteers at Somerset House never act as a substitute for paid employees and the Trust does not recruit volunteers to replace or displace them.

‘It’s a lovely building, built in historically interesting times, and nowadays is really buzzing with activity. I feel very lucky to be a part of it’

Barbara, volunteer

Future opportunities

EVENT SUPPORT (Somerset House Summer Series & Film4 Summer Screen)

We are seeking volunteers to assist with our summer events – our gigs Somerset House Summer Series and outdoor cinema Film4 Summer Screen.

A team of Event Support Volunteers will assist staff at our gigs and films during July and August 2019 providing a warm and friendly welcome, helping with queue management and users of our Access Platform. This is a mobile and proactive role, mostly outside in our courtyard area. You’ll be advising event attendees about facilities and promoting activities for the evening.

Volunteers who are available for 3 to 4 sessions for each event are preferred. We hope you’ll want to stay on after the summer for other roles too.

Most sessions are 18.00 to 23.00 but there will be some later finishes.

We’ll supply the information, training and support. We need your enthusiasm, interest and willingness to learn all about Somerset House and pass that on to our visitors. You’ll need to be able to attend an afternoon training session on Wed 10 July 2019.

HOW TO APPLY

Please read through the attached role description and if interested and available for the required training date, please complete the Interest Form and email to volunteer@somersethouse.org.uk