From the 10th – 16th February it is national Student Volunteering Week, the week of the year when we really celebrate all those fabulous members of our volunteer team who are also hard at work studying too.
To celebrate Student Volunteering Week each year we announce Birmingham Museums Trust’s Student Volunteer of the Year. I am delighted to say that the 2020 winner is Titis Widuri, who is in her fourth year of volunteering with us in the Conservation Club whilst also studying with the University of Birmingham in the International Development Department. We would like to say a huge thank you to Titis from all of us here at Birmingham Museums for your time, enthusiasm and passion for volunteering with us. We love hearing how much she is enjoying volunteering too: “I will be sharing my experience with my friends and my colleagues back in Indonesia, after I finish my studies. I would encourage anyone interested in history, or anyone just looking for a fun and rewarding experience, to apply and get involved with Birmingham Museums Trust.”
Every year it is a very difficult decision for our Director of Engagement, Janine Eason, to choose a winner, especially as our team are all such stars. So, this year our Runner Up is Jasmine Whatmore, who has been volunteering with our Image Library and supporting at Aston Hall too. Huge thanks to Jasmine for all her hard work supporting us. It is great to hear she is enjoying the experience as much as we are enjoying having her on the team: “Becoming a volunteer was the greatest decision I made when I started volunteering at Aston Hall in April 2018, and I thoroughly enjoy the work that I continue to do within Birmingham Museums here at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The support and training I have received has been phenomenal, and I know that the skills I am learning will be of great use for future employment.”
Titis and Jasmine have both written blog posts about what it is like to volunteer at Birmingham Museums, so do keep an eye out during the week for their posts on our blog and for our brilliant volunteer Adam’s blog too. These blogs are just a small snapshot of what our student volunteer team get up to and we feel very lucky that they have chosen to support us whilst studying so hard. 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