Winter Gardens volunteers get ready to greet guests

The search by the Winter Gardens for local people to take part in a new volunteer programme has proved fruitful with its new recruits attending their first induction session.

After asking the local community to get involved in delivering some of the events and activities that take place in the venue, eight volunteers have now been appointed and are ready to start their roles.

Their time will be spent guiding tours of the historic building, assisting at the regular venue open days and hosting some of the key events to meet and greet guests and direct them around the venue.

A new welcome desk and information point is also set to appear in the Floral Hall, staffed by the new volunteers, to help guests navigate around the complex offer a warm welcome to all visitors.

Longer term, it is hoped that the new volunteer team can connect the venue with specific groups encouraging them to utilise the Winter Gardens’ space for community events. The venue is also still keen to talk to anyone who has specific fundraising skills to assist with the longer-term programme.

Elaine Smith MBE, of the Winter Gardens Trust and one of the new volunteers, said: “The volunteer scheme is a great initiative and I believe the membership will offer a great service to guests visiting the Winter Gardens. It is a magnificent venue and over the years has created so many memories for so many people – long may it continue.”

Michael Williams, Managing Director of the Winter Gardens Blackpool said: “I was delighted to launch the volunteer scheme with over 20 people expressing an interest in joining us.

“This will be real legacy for the future of the Winter Gardens as we actively engage with our community. The initial cohort will be commencing their duties later this month and full training will be given. There is no set commitment required to be a volunteer – just a willingness to help and support our vision for the future.”

For more information on the volunteer scheme email: [email protected]

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