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Richmond Arts Service & Orleans House Gallery
Richmond Arts Service is based at Orleans House Gallery on the Riverside in Twickenham, promoting arts and culture through a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, festivals, events and activities for everyone in the community.   We foster creativity and enjoyment of the arts, enable people to reflect on their lives and develop new ways of seeing the world. We bring thought-provoking…

Orleans House Gallery runs practical creative workshops with families, schools and children and young people throughout the year as part of core programmes, in addition to exhibitions and projects.

Our Learning and Engagement Volunteers support the delivery of these activities, as well as being the first point of contact for participants, ensuring a great visitor experience.

  • Supporting the workshop leader with the delivery of the activity
  • Welcoming and engaging workshop participants, providing information and answering queries.
  • Setting up and preparing materials prior to sessions, in addition to tidying and washing up after sessions. 
  • Adhering to the Arts Service Safeguarding Policy
  • Observing good health and safety, including participants and the workshop space
  • Be willing to undergo a free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check   
  • Representing the Gallery and Richmond Arts Service
Who will the volunteers be working with?
Learning and Engagement Volunteers will be supported by a member of staff responsible for the activity, as well as from the Learning and Engagement team. Wider volunteer support is available from the Volunteers Co-ordinator.

There are opportunities within the role to work with the wider team of staff and volunteers.
We will provide training and an induction which covers all aspects of the role. On-going support and supervision will be provided by staff throughout your time with us. Additionally, there are regular training sessions to supplement and further your initial training, as well as a varied programme of volunteer events and activities to join in, meet people and learn something new!

Time commitment

The gallery is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

We offer a range of regular sessions with some ad hoc workshop sessions throughout the week, including outside of gallery opening hours.

Current regular sessions are:
- Let’s Get Creative for Families on Sundays monthly
- Play:Make:Art for Early Years families on Fridays fortnightly
- Curious Tots for Early Years families on Tuesdays fortnightly
- School visits on Tuesdays or Wednesdays weekly

More information in the individual sessions can be found under What’s On on our website.

We ask for a minimum commitment of one session every half term (6 weeks). Sessions vary in length and we ask you to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the workshop, unless otherwise asked. Please allow up to an hour at the end of the workshop time to support with packing away.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.