Fixed Fee: £8000 - £10,000 to include all disbursements
Reports to: Helping Hands Project Manager
Fixed term contract: until 31 March 2024
Where: Helping Hands covers the County of Cumbria. To enhance delivery, monitoring, and evaluation the county has been notionally divided into five clusters. Each cluster has a host organisation and Inclusive Volunteer Lead:

  1. North: Tullie House Museum, Carlisle
  2. West: Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven / Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (co -hosts)
  3. East: Highlights Rural Touring, Penrith
  4. Central and Southeast: Brewery Arts, Kendal
  5. Southwest: Barrow Full, Barrow

Flexibility: Hybrid working, variable hours
Closing Date: Noon 19 August, 2022

An exciting opportunity to be part of a major county-wide volunteering project.

Cumbria Museum Consortium (lead partner Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust) are looking for five Inclusive Volunteer Leads to cultural volunteering across the county as part of Helping Hands, an ambitious new pan-Cumbrian inclusive volunteering project, from May 2022 – March 2024.

Purpose of the role:

Working closely with the Project Manager, Data Coordinator and Helping Hands network you will develop, manage, and deliver a monitoring and evaluation framework to analyse the impact of the Helping Hands Programme aligned to and reporting against ACE Outcomes: Creative People, Creative Communities and Creative & Cultural Country and areas detailed in the Volunteering Futures funding bid. Your work will contribute to legacy learning, skills development, and wider celebration of the project to sustain and strengthen the volunteer experience in the cultural sector.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than 3 sides of A4) describing your interest in the brief, relevant skills, attributes, approach, budget breakdown and experience you could bring to the role to:

Kate Parry, Head of Partnership, Cumbria Museum Consortium by email

Deadline for application: Noon, 19 August, 2022
Interviews: Week commencing 22 August, 2022.
Start date: As soon as possible depending on current working circumstances.

About Helping Hands:

Cumbria Museum Consortium has been awarded £490,000 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through Volunteering Futures delivered by Arts Council England.
The Consortium, led by Tullie House and including Lakeland Arts and Wordsworth Grasmere, will be delivering Helping Hands, an ambitious 2-year project to transform volunteering foster inclusivity in the arts and cultural sector. Helping Hands aims to improve community wellbeing, grow capacity & workforce diversity across the Cumbrian cultural sector, address loneliness and isolation.
Helping Hands is about improving access to volunteer opportunities across a large, complex, rural county. Delivered through 5 local clusters, an unprecedented number of organisations have come together as part of this project:

  • Strategic Partners: 7 Arts Council-funded cultural organisations including Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven, Barrow Full in Barrow in Furness, Brewery Arts in Kendal and Highlights Rural Touring Scheme based in Penrith. Five organisations will host Inclusive Volunteering Leads. Cumbria CVS & Cumbria County Council (Library Service) will provide expert support in volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Cultural Delivery Partners: over 20 museums, theatres, arts organisations, rural touring village halls will create and host volunteer opportunities including English Heritage & National Trust museums.
  • Community Diversity Partners: organisations with expert knowledge of their communities and beneficiary groups, including: Cumbria Youth Alliance, Anti Racist Cumbria, Prism Arts, Multicultural Cumbria, Cumbria Deaf Association, Triple A (Autism) Project and University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts will help to co-design and promote volunteer opportunities to meet participant needs and to train staff in host organisations.
  • Network Partners: including Cumbria Arts & Culture Network; Cumbria Museum Directors Group and Carlisle’s Thriving Communities network will share project opportunities and progress.

We expect to recruit and support around 500 new volunteers and enable nearly 30 Cumbrian museums, theatres, and arts organisations to continue to support inclusive volunteering in the future.