Learning Host – RAF Volunteering Opportunity

Volunteer at the RAF Museum

Do you enjoy working with children? Would you like to help children and young people connect with the story of the RAF? The Access & Learning team are looking to recruit volunteer hosts to meet-and-greet school groups, assist with workshop preparation and facilitate smooth and enjoyable visits for teachers and their students. There will be opportunities to assist with the delivery of workshops and other learning activities.

You will:

  • Meet school groups on arrival, providing them with site orientation and itinerary briefing
  • Provide a point of contact for teachers and adult helpers throughout the visit
  • Ensure the smooth passage of school groups around the Museum
  • Assist with the set-up and pack-down of activities (includes light manual-handling)
  • Prepare resources for workshops and activities
  • Assist RAF Museum staff during workshops when required
  • Deliver object handling sessions as an additional activity for school groups
  • Present a positive image of the Museum and the work of the Access & Learning Department to all visitors
  • Support the Museum in its commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk

You will be:

  • Welcoming and friendly
  • Calm under pressure
  • Reliable
  • Confident working with large groups and a range of ages
  • A good communicator
  • Organised and an accurate timekeeper
  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions
  • Able to spend long periods on your feet
  • DBS checked (Basic Disclosure) before you can start in this role
  • Able to participate in light manual-handling
  • Willing and able to follow instructions from Access & Learning staff and to work with them to prioritise a quality learning experience for visiting school groups




There will be two half-days of induction training prior to starting. These will take place on Thursday 10 January 2019 (2.00pm – 5.00pm) and on Thursday 17 January (10.00am – 1.00pm). They will cover:

  • Introduction to the RAF Museum (priorities, site and collections)
  • Site health and safety
  • Introduction to the work of the Access & Learning team
  • Introduction to the role
  • Safeguarding awareness training
  • Human Resource administration
  • Opportunity to observe a schools workshop (bookings allowing)
  • Introduction to object handling

Further training will be provided once you start. This will include familiarisation with the various schools workshops on offer (via observation) before being introduced to the role you will play in assisting staff with the smooth facilitation of these workshops.


We are looking for a minimum commitment of one weekday morning a week (Tuesday – Friday), between 9.30am and 1.00pm, for every week of the [Barnet] school term. You will need to be able to commit to the same day/s each week. The role is term-time only.

* Please state which day/s you are able to commit to. Note that this role is not required on Mondays*

Learning Hosts will start in role week-commencing 21 January 2019.


9.30am to 1.00pm


Travel and food expenses will be reimbursed up to £10 per day, in line with our policy.

Uniform (polo shirt and jacket – available in a wide range of sizes) will be provided.

Selecting Volunteers

At the training and recruitment selection half-days, we will be selecting people who demonstrate the qualities and abilities listed under the ‘You will be:’ section of this form.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and Trial Period

This position will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (Basic Disclosure) check. The Museum will make arrangements for this check unless you are already signed up to the DBS update service.

We run a trial period system – this gives both you and us the chance to make sure this is a suitable match for the role.  For this role, the trial period is up to 6 volunteering shifts.


How to get involved:

Please visit https://bit.ly/2lMGTh6 to submit an expression of interest in the role.


We welcome applications from people of all interests, abilities, backgrounds and communities.



Rachel Ball
Rachel Ball
Volunteering Manager at the RAF Museum. We are the national museum to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

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