At-Bristol Science Centre

At-Bristol Celebrates National Volunteers’ Week!

Fri 1 June 2012

At-Bristol, as a registered charity, relies on the amazing work of its volunteers, and National Volunteers’ Week (running from 1-7 June) is a chance to say a BIG thank you to all those who have spent their time volunteering at the science centre on Bristol’s Harbourside.

Since setting up the volunteer scheme in 2006, At-Bristol have had over 300 volunteers who have accrued an amazing 15,000 hours ranging from helping out during busy holiday periods, school workshops, outreach work and various activities around the site.

Jo Bryant, Community Engagement and Volunteer Manager for At-Bristol, said: “I’m always astounded by the sheer volume and dedication of volunteers we have in At-Bristol. They come from all walks of life and bring valuable resources with them whether that’s scientific or teaching expertise, or their enthusiasm to help with the large numbers we get through the doors during a busy half-term.

She adds: “We couldn’t do half the projects and events we are able to run without the fantastic network of volunteers we have, but it’s also nice that some of our long-term volunteers have been so inspired by the work they’ve done here, they’ve changed career path to tie in with their experiences – that makes my job worthwhile!”

June alone is very busy with 70 volunteers covering 500 hours, appropriately a lot of them helping out during National Volunteer Week with the Big Diamond Jubilee Lunch and activities on Millennium Square, and the June half-term holiday with lots of additional programming in the science centre. There’s also Cheltenham Science Festival, a Community Open Weekend, the Annual Teachers’ event, a Climate Science event and the busiest time for school workshops – all powered with the additional help of volunteers!

For more information on At-Bristol’s volunteering log on to: www.at-bristol.org.uk/volunteer  or call the information line on: 0845 345 1235.
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For further press information, please contact Zoë Fox in the At-Bristol press office on: 0117 9157 152 or email: press@at-bristol.org.uk. You can also follow At-Bristol on Twitter: @atbristol, become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/atbristolfans or for a slightly unusual perspective, learn more about our sustainability through the eyes of our robotic peregrine falcon: @brianrobofalcon