Volunteer Exhibition Assistants Needed

We are looking for Volunteer Exhibition Assistants to support curators and artists with learning disabilities put on a HLF funded exhibition that will be part of DaDa Fest (Disability and D/deaf Arts Festival) 2018. No previous experience is required as training will be given.

The curators and artists are all members of People First Merseyside, an organisation run by and for people with a learning disability. People First Merseyside has been speaking out about issues that affect people with learning disabilities, promoting equality and increasing self-esteem since 1988. This year is our 30th anniversary and to celebrate it the members have been working on a Heritage Lottery funded project, researching how the lives of people with learning disabilities have improved.

In November the group will be putting on an exhibition at Liverpool Central Library, showcasing the research and artworks they have done as part of the project, in order to share the underrepresented history of learning disabilities with the public. We are recruiting for Volunteer Exhibition Assistants to support them with this task.

The Exhibition Assistants will support the curators and artists to create and deliver activities, talks and tours to engage the public during the exhibition.

Volunteers will gain valuable experience working on a socially engaged, community led arts and heritage project. We are happy to provide references for volunteers who have taken part in the project. Reasonable travel expenses, up to £5 per day will be reimbursed.

Role Description:

Volunteers will work on the following tasks:

  • Support the artists and curators with learning disabilities to design a program of talks, tours and activities to compliment the exhibition.
  • Support the artists and curators to create resources for the talks, tours and activities.
  • Support the artists and curators to deliver and facilitate the program of talks, tours and activities.

Required characteristics:

  • An interest in one of the following: arts, heritage, museums, libraries, community organisations, learning disabilities or charities
  • Good communication skills
  • Supportive and encouraging personality
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A DBS check is required for this role (this will be arranged once you have applied)

Support for volunteers:

Volunteers will receive guidance and advice from People First Merseyside’s paid workers and members regarding how to support people with learning disabilities.


The project takes places on Thursdays and Fridays in October and November. Volunteers will need to commit to at least one half day or one full day a week.


  • Volunteering in October will take place in our office, a 3-minute walk from Bootle New Strand Train Station (on the Northern Line, a 13-minute journey from Liverpool Central), as well as a 3-minute walk from Bootle Bus Station and Stanley Road bus stops (click for Bus Information)

People First Merseyside

3rd Floor, The Investment Centre

375 Stanley Road


L20 3EF

  • Volunteering in November will take place in Liverpool Central Library (near St. George’s Hall).

Liverpool Central Library

William Brown Street

L3 8EW


We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses up to £5 per day on production of  receipts.

How to apply:

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Holly for an informal chat on hollyg@peoplefirst.uk.com or 0151 329 2137.

If you would like to apply please download and complete the application form below:

Exhibition Assistant Application Form

Application forms should be returned to hollyg@peoplefirst.uk.com

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