Education and Families Volunteer

John Wesley's New Room
Contract Type: 
Ad hoc
Contract Details: 
Voluntary role
Details of Role: 

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:

  • To assist the Education Officer in delivering educational visits by a wide range of groups to all sections of the New Room site (and Charles Wesley’s House if required)
  • To be a friendly, positive and knowledgeable ‘friendly face of the New Room’
  • To help set up and clear away before and after sessions
  • To respond to needs of groups and families as they arise
  • To lead sections of a group’s visit e.g. a half hour visit to the museum or a workshop on slavery and abolition as agreed with the Education Officer
  • To devise new relevant crafts and activities which could be used in future sessions

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.

Closing Date: 
Friday, 3 September, 2021 - 15:15
How to Apply: 

Interested in finding out more?  Contact Louise on 0117 9264740 or email

You can apply directly on the New Room website:

Contact Person: 
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
0117 9264740
Postal Address: 
The New Room 36 The Horsefair Bristol BS1 3JE