Volunteer Opportunities

13 Nov, 2019

We are recruiting for two volunteer posts


 “The Barlow has brought me so much.  It’s made me feel part of the community and it’s different every day.  I’ve met so many people.  It’s nice to be able to help and be able to point people in the right direction. It’s really rewarding.” – Diane Radcliffe, outgoing Volunteer Office Manager.

The Barlow is always looking for new volunteers who would like to help support this charity and take it forwards.  But the role of Office Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinator are particularly crucial and require a greater level of commitment.  So, if you’re looking for a challenge you can really get your teeth into, and if you want your efforts to make a great and valuable impact in your community, please consider applying for these roles.


You are the lynchpin of the Barlow on a day-to-day basis, and though the devil is in the detail, you’re someone who revels in organisation and creating systems to keep everything organised.  You get great satisfaction from knowing that at the end of the day, the rooms are hired, payments accounted for and the volunteers know where they’re going and what they’re doing.

You will be asked questions – lots and lots of questions – and you have a team of office volunteers as well as other volunteer groups who look to you for help, direction and support.  But there is great satisfaction in being able to help them, in your ability to pull the whole organisation together, and to see it thrive.

The key is being passionate about the Barlow and wanting to know everything about it.  Combine that passion with a proactive mindset and you have the perfect Office Manager.

Times are completely flexible, but the role takes approximately one working day a week.  You can make the job your own.

Key aspects of the role:

 You are the first point of contact at the Barlow, so you’re a host and a skilled communicator.

  • You have a passion for detail, combined with bigger picture thinking; inspiring the whole office to work together.
  • You keep an exceptional calendar and diary maintenance record.
  • You supervise the invoicing of user groups, room and event- hire and handling payments. This is crucial!
  • You are inspiring and look for ways to train and upskill the office team. Everyone who gives something to the Barlow ought to get something in return.
  • You’re a team player and work wonderfully alongside the other Barlow volunteer teams on Events, Marketing, Facilities and the Reading Room.

To apply:  Please let us know why you think this role is perfect for you and register your interest.  Send an email to nigel@thebarlow.co.uk or drop off a letter in the office addressed to Nigel Truswell.

Applications will close on 26th November 2019


Imagine the Barlow is a living ecosystem.  It has various different volunteer groups that run various different functions, everything from marketing to maintenance, and the key to a successful volunteer experience is to truly understand how all those functions fit together and work together for the benefit of the whole.

As our Volunteer Coordinator, you understand that knowing why we do something helps us to understand what is important and fosters an empathy and mutual respect for one another, which forms the bedrock of the Barlow community.

You are able to structure that empathy into a proactive and supportive scheme for our seventy plus volunteers.  They may arrive unsure and uncertain, but you know how to build their confidence and find training for them that they can use both in the organisation but also in the wider world such as computer skills or first aid.

You’re the person everyone is happy to sit and have a brew with and you get a great deal of satisfaction from spending time with good friends.  But you’re also good at making new ones and finding new volunteers, thinking about volunteering in a way that is more contemporary and fits modern day busy lives.

This role is a true blank canvas and we look forward to finding out how applicants would relish the challenge.

Key attributes of the role:

 Never mind the building or the history or the estate – you cultivate our most important asset, our people. You are a people person.

  • A key requirement of the role will be to recruit, train and retain volunteers
  • You are interested in ALL areas of the Barlow and you keep your finger on the pulse. This makes you an asset to every volunteer team and a great guide for existing and new volunteers alike.
  • A voracious opportunist – can you find new and exciting ways to upskill our volunteers or raise their confidence?
  • You are forward thinking and have ideas about how volunteering may evolve over the next five years and you are able to apply those ideas to find our next generation of contributors.
  • You are friendly and everyone wants to sit and have a chat with you. You are a mediator and problem solver.
  • You have a structured plan with clear objectives for the benefit of the volunteer community at the Barlow.

 To apply:  Please let us know why you think this role is perfect for you and register your interest.  Send an email to nigel@thebarlow.co.uk or drop off a letter in the office addressed to Nigel Truswell.

Applications will close on 26th November 2019


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