John Wesley's New Room is a heritage site and museum in the centre of Bristol - the oldest Methodist building in the world. The museum explores 18th century Bristol, with stories of social justice, abolition of slavery, health and wellbeing, education, the global spread of Methodism and the relevance of John Wesley's work to today's social and political climate. The chapel is a peaceful space offering an oasis of calm in central Broadmead with beautifully preserved 18th century features such as the lantern window. The visitors centre includes a Fairtrade cafe, gift shop, library, and events space - providing a fully accessible welcome to visitors from across the world.
The New Room welcomes groups of students from a wide range of educational bodies, including primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, home schooling groups, SEND groups, uniformed organisations (e.g. Girl Guides) and youth groups during term time. We also run a range of family activities during the school holidays. These may include craft days, activity days, quizzes, museum trails and workshops. These activities will be based in various places around the New Room site / Charles Wesley’s House, and usually involve hands-on crafts and activities which will involve interaction and ‘soft’ learning.
We are looking for volunteers to support our Education Officer and provide a versatile engaging education programme to groups and families who visit John Wesley's New Room. You may be asked:
Education volunteer shifts are ad hoc depending on school trip bookings. They usually take place during academic term time Monday-Friday. Family activities take place during the school holidays or at weekends. Volunteer shifts are usually 10.30am-1pm or 1pm-4pm, Monday-Saturday.
Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed. Full training and staff support given, as well as regular volunteer socials and annual outings.