Walking Guide Development Volunteer

  • VO86151
  • Home-based volunteering


To research and develop content and interpretation materials for walking routes near the Union Chain Bridge. These walking guides will be published on the project website and to inform volunteer-led walks around the area.

The main focus of the role will involve:

• Researching and developing content and interpretation materials for the proposed walking routes in the vicinity of the Union Chain Bridge;
• Researching examples of good practice and popular local walking trails;

• Co-creating online walking resources with professional interpretation experts to create a public walking guide resource.

• Although not an essential requirement of the role, volunteers may be interested in walking the suggested routes, testing and recording detail about them.

Skills and Experience required:

An interest in history, natural history and local culture
Ability to work on your own and in a team
Attendance at appropriate training to develop your skills
Capacity to walk for 3 miles at your own pace (if testing walking routes).

Through this role you will gain:
Experience of working with maps and interpreting them.
The opportunity to develop your knowledge of local history, geography, natural history and culture with a focus on the Union Chain Bridge.
Experience of working independently, yet as part of a bigger team.

Organisation aims and objectives

Union Chain Bridge: Crossing Borders, Inspiring Communities is an ambitious project involving the conservation of the historic Union Chain Bridge, and an extensive programme of public engagement. The project is a partnership between Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council, Museums Northumberland and the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge. In this partnership, Museums Northumberland is responsible for the Volunteer Programme and the delivery of all heritage learning and engagement activities on both sides of the border. Through everything we do, we strive to inspire people to engage and connect with local culture and heritage through a set of core values. We strive to be: Generous - we are receptive, friendly and enabling; Strategic - we are focused on our long-term objectives and how to achieve them; Innovative - we are creative and thrive on ambitious projects and good ideas, and Collaborative - we are inspired by partnership working and strive for co-delivery and co-authorship.










No minimum commitment but it would be lovely to have people committed to the project as a whole so volunteers can see the fruits of their labours towards the end of the project period. To a large extent you will be able to manage your own work schedule with guidance from the project team.


Travel details: Online/ remotely/ at home. For walks testing, walking near the village of Paxton, Borders.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We commit to reimbursing volunteers for actual and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred, such as for travel, in line with our volunteer policy to ensure that opportunities are accessible and inclusive. There is fuller detail in the MN volunteer policy, discussion of which is a key part of the induction process.
Training details: Volunteers will receive a mixture of internally and externally delivered training including: Equality & Diversity Text Writing and design Equality & diversity Basic map-reading and recording.
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