Volunteer Vacancies - September 2017

Gardeners – Loughborough Station

Volunteers are needed to set up and maintain a trackside garden to rival the Dig for Victory project at Quorn and Woodhouse Station.

The initial work will be physically demanding and will involve digging and clearing the site ready for planting. Once it is set up, the gardeners must be willing to commit to all aspects of planting, weeding, and tending the plot throughout the year. The reward is that they can take home whatever they grow! Flowers in bloom would also make a colourful display marking the onset of spring on the railway.

The garden project is going to make a big difference to Loughborough station and will be a talking point for visitors as well as forming the backdrop for photos for years to come.

If you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Support Team by email at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853.

 

Station Porters and Booking Clerks – Loughborough, Quorn, Rothley and Leicester North Stations

A number of vacancies exist at Loughborough, Quorn, Rothley and Leicester North stations for porter staff and booking clerks – staff are required at weekends and /or to cover mid-week trains. The requirement for additional staff is particularly acute at Loughborough and Leicester North stations at the moment.

Platform porters are often the first members of the railway staff that passengers get into conversation with when they visit the GCR. Porters therefore need to be confident in dealing with members of the public and are also responsible, along with more senior platform staff, for ensuring the safety of our visitors. Responsibilities also include keeping the platform and facilities neat and tidy and helping passengers on and off trains. This is a uniformed and disciplined role and training will be provided in bringing on board new trainees.

Please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or the Station Master on duty if you are visiting one of the stations.

 

Platform Tea-room Staff – Rothley and Quorn Stations

Both these stations offer refreshment facilities on the platform (the tearoom at Rothley, under-stairs NAAFI at Quorn) and are staffed by small groups of volunteers. The refreshment rooms are open at weekends whenever a train service is running. There is no need to commit to working every weekend but by adding additional volunteers to the pool available this makes it easier to fill gaps in the roster.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: If you have ever visited either of these refreshment rooms you’ll know the wonderful period atmosphere they exude. If you enjoy meeting people, and being part of a small dedicated team, then this could be the job for you. I daresay the occasional cup of tea or coffee is a welcome perk!

Please speak with the local station staff if you are interested, or contact the Volunteer Support Team by email at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853.

 


 

These are just a few of the many volunteering opportunities available on the Great Central Railway. Please contact the Volunteer Support Team for more details.

The Volunteer Support Team can be contacted by email at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853. If you would like to come into Lovatt House to speak with a member of the team please telephone in advance to make an appointment - the office is usually open on weekdays but at weekends prior notice is essential.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE NATURE OF OUR RAILWAY OPERATIONS MEANS THAT IT IS RARELY POSSIBLE TO OFFER SHORT FIXED-TERM VOLUNTARY POSTS. THE MAJORITY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS COMMIT TO A LONG-TERM REGULAR WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND ROLE WHICH ENABLES US TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY TRAINING AND SUPERVISION. REGRETTABLY AT PRESENT IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACCOMMODATE OFFERS OF SHORT TERM WORK (Eg, ONE WEEK OR MONTH).

 

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