People who are passionate about their home city are being offered an exciting opportunity to play their part in ensuing that Lincoln bursts with vitality and civic pride.
On September 20, Lincoln BIG (Business Improvement Group) is launching the Lincoln Ambassadors Scheme and inviting members of the public to share their local knowledge and skills to help it and other local organisations to promote the city.
Volunteer Ambassadors will get to find out about and see what goes on behind the scenes of Lincoln’s great attractions and events, as well as the chance to represent the city and Lincoln BIG in all sorts of practical ways aimed at making Lincoln an even better place.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said that the amount of time an individual volunteer would be expected to commit would vary according to the specific role for which they volunteer. But it could be anything from a half-day or full day a week or involve giving assistance at one event per month.
“Ambassadors will be encouraged to take on a variety of wide-ranging roles, so there is bound to be something to suit different tastes and to fit in with the amount of time that people have to spare,” he said.
Volunteers might take on roles such as:
• Market Makers – similar to the roles of Stewards and Mobile Visitor Assistants, specifically helping out at the Lincoln Christmas Market
• Stewards – To be utilised at specific events to help directing traffic (pedestrian and vehicular), crowd dispersal, monitoring participants/spectators for any signs of distress and assisting with the erection and dismantling of gazebos, tables, chairs and barriers.
• Information Assistants – helping staff at the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Castle Square, advising visitors on local attractions and events, giving directions and handing out leaflets and maps
• Mobile Visitor Assistants – similar functions to the Information Assistant role, but roaming through the city centre (High St etc.) offering advice and assistance to city visitors.
• Meeter Greeters – Positioned at strategic points in the city and having similar functions to the Information Assistants.
• Warden Helpers – Directing members of the public and helping to prevent overcrowding by dispersing crowds at specific events, assisting in the erection and dismantling of gazebos, tables and chairs at events, clearing litter and cleaning public areas when required, painting and decorating public areas
“We hope to create a pool of enthusiastic volunteers, who have good local knowledge, a desire to help others and a real passion to share their love of Lincoln with visitors,” said Mr Corrigan.
“In return for their participation, Lincoln BIG can offer relevant training and paid expenses. This is a great way for individuals to get out and meet new people and gain a real sense of achievement in making a difference and improving the visitor experience in Lincoln.”
Potential volunteers are welcome to find out more by coming along to the Lincoln Ambassadors Scheme launch, which takes place on Friday, September 20 in City Square between 11am and 3pm.