3 Jun 2016

Happy Volunteers Week 2016!

From the 1st June to the 12th June it is National Volunteers’ Week (yes I know it is longer than a week this year); a fabulous moment in the year when we celebrate the amazing work of all our volunteers and say a huge thank you for all their time and dedication.

For just a very small flavour of all the incredible things our volunteer team do we have three blog posts coming up over the next few days written by some of our volunteers. You can hear from Shirley about volunteering at Blakesley Hall , find out about Ayesha’s work on the Silver Project and as a Long Term Loans Assistant and discover from Khadiza what it’s like to volunteer at Aston Hall.

We started Volunteers’ Week in style this year with our Volunteer Summer Picnic at Aston Hall. Despite the lack of sunshine volunteers from across the Trust gathered to celebrate all their amazing achievements, enjoy some lovely refreshments, take part in an incredibly competitive quiz and have their caricatures taken. It was great to get so many of the team together and it was a lovely afternoon. Thanks to everyone that made it.

Summer Picnic
Volunteers Summer Picnic at Aston Hall.

Shirley With Caricature
Volunteer Shirley with caricature.

The event was also an opportunity to announce our Volunteer of the Year for 2016. Each year staff at Birmingham Museums are able to nominate one of their team for the award and it is always a really tricky decision. Janine Eason, Director of Engagement, had a really tough job.

But this year we have the pleasure in announcing our Volunteer of the Year for 2016 is Viv Wilkes who volunteers as a gardener at Sarehole Mill. Volunteering for over 6 years with the Trust Viv and her fellow gardeners work so hard to create a relaxing and beautiful environment at the Mill. Congratulations to Viv and a huge thank you from Birmingham Museums for all your hard work and dedication to volunteering!

Volunteer of the Year for 2016 Viv Wilkes (right) being presented with her award by BMT Director of Engagement Janine Eason.

The also had two runners up this year. First was Gillian Jones who volunteers at Soho House and the second was the Asian Women’s Textile Group Volunteers, you can see Ruth accepting their award below. Thank you to all our runners up for your amazing work.

Runner up Volunteer of the Year 2016 Gillian Jones.

The Asian Women’s Textile Group Volunteers were also runner up Volunteer of the Year 2016. Ruth (right) being presented with the award by BMT Director of Engagement Janine Eason.

We are ever so lucky to have so many wonderful volunteers and we really hope all of you continue to enjoy volunteering with us. Thanks so much everyone!

If you are interested in volunteering for Birmingham Museums then take a look at the current volunteering opportunities we have available across all our sites.