Interested in volunteering and not sure what volunteer role is best for you? Come and meet our Recruitment Team and hear what volunteering is all about and which roles are currently available.
Meet the Recruitment Team events are planned for 19th January 16th February and 16th March. Each event will start at 13:30 and be held at Winchcombe Station in the Terry Cresswell Room our dedicated volunteer training centre located on Platform 1.
If you are thinking of coming please tell us by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile read on to discover more and learn which volunteer opportunities are currently available. If you find something that appeals to you then why not apply today by submitting an application form found by following the link below?
Becoming a volunteer on our Railway is a great opportunity to help keep one of Gloucestershire's foremost visitor attractions running - and it is fun too! Uniquely for a Heritage Railway of our size we rely almost exclusively on volunteers to keep it operational. The professionalism which our volunteers bring to the Role they are undertaking, is always appreciated by our visitors.
Our 'Join Us' booklet gives you full information on Membership and an overview of Volunteering. You can download it by clicking on the picture and you will find a member application at the back of the booklet. Alternatively, you can join on-line here. A volunteer application can be found here. The ‘Join Us’ booklet also gives details of our Youth Group for 14 to 18-year olds. However, be aware the Group is currently being reformed. Keep a watch on the Youth Group web page on this web site for full details when they become available.
Current Volunteer Vacancies
Currently we only have vacancies in the volunteer roles shown below. If the Role that you are interested in is not listed, it is because that department is not currently looking for new volunteers. Please consider another as a way of getting started but watch this page as this is where new vacancies are posted.
At your Volunteer Induction you will be told how you can join another Department or transfer between our Departments (subject to vacancies and suitability).
For full details of what volunteering in each department involves please follow the links on the left of this page.
Carriage and Wagon are looking for a volunteer with wood working skills and someone to join the upholstery team refurbishing the seats our visitors sit on! The carriage cleaning and washing teams need additional volunteers on a Monday at Toddington, while the carriage maintenance team (normally meeting on a Friday) is also looking for new recruits as we have three rakes each of 8 coaches to be kept operational throughout the season.
We are looking for a skilled joiner, a tradesman or an experienced woodworker with knowledge of timber framed vehicles or buildings to work with the team that owns steam locomotive 2807 in the maintenance and restoration of their GWR built Siphon (G) so that in the future the vehicle is weathertight and secure to provide storage for materials and parts required for the overhaul of their ex-GWR locomotive. For a copy of the full terms of reference for this volunteer position please e-mail email@example.com
Construction and Maintenance has vacancies. Particular needs are building design, building construction and plumbing, but anyone with reasonable DIY ability would be welcome.
Diesel Dept. This team has the responsibility for our fleet of heritage main line diesel locomotives. They have two vacancies at present and additionally would like to hear from anyone with experience of working with these locomotives on heritage railways.
Our First Response Team have vacancies for new volunteers who are prepared to train in first aid skills. You will be expected to help provide first aid cover at our events as well as on normal operational days. While you can join this department, you can also do this as an add on to other volunteering.
Do you have verifiable first aid or health care professional skills? This Team would love to hear from you.
Lineside clearance working on Wednesdays and Saturdays to keep the vegetation growth on our embankments along the railway under control. Physical open-air work so a good way to keep fit.
Lineside Drainage We are currently recruiting for this important Team working out doors keeping the drains and culverts that run under our railway free flowing.
Our Model Railway at Winchcombe needs volunteers who can work on their own but like meeting and talking to our visitors as they view the exhibits. Experience of working with DCC-operated model railways is helpful but not essential as training can be given.
Railway Catering Services are looking for new volunteers to get involved with our cafes at Winchcombe and Broadway Stations and the buffet bars on our trains. (RCS do not run the Flag and whistle at Toddington.
Retail run our shops at Toddington and Cheltenham Race Course. Retail experience not essential as training given.
Our Signalmen – are looking for new recruits, specifically those that have (traditional) signalling experience on the main line or on a heritage railway of similar size and operations as they may be considered for “fast track” training. Other new volunteers are required, but they will need to join another Department to gain experience on the Railway in the first instance.
The Signal Maintenance Team have vacancies. Ask for details. Ideally this role should be combined with something else.
Special Events. This Team provide the extra staff that are essential to make our Special Events a success. If you can only volunteer at weekends and then not on a regular basis this could be for you but note we would like you to do at least two sessions at our major events through the summer and get involved in our Santa trains in December. Special Events is a good place to start if your wanted role is not currently available or you just want to learn about our Railway before committing further.
Station Management – Our Station Management Teams are looking for new volunteers but be prepared to be flexible as to which Team to join.
Station Staff require both Station Assistants, a good place to start your volunteering, and Booking Office Clerks the start point for Station Master. For both roles you will train at all key stations.
Our Steam Dept. cannot currently accept new volunteers unless they have railway experience, or they have engineering skills to offer.
The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway who share our site at Toddington, are looking for volunteers to join them as Booking Office clerks and as Guards. If interested please complete our volunteer application form, stating narrow gauge railway as your choice, and send it to us and we will forward it on.
For all other volunteering opportunities please keep a watch on this web page as the list will be updated as vacancies occur.
How do I join as a Volunteer?
If you would like to be considered as a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application Form you can download here indicating the Volunteer Role you would like to be considered for. If you are not a Trust Member you must complete a Membership application at the same time.
On receipt, your application will be acknowledged and then be passed to the relevant Department who may ask you to meet them. Alternatively, they will indicate to the Recruitment Officer they are happy to accept you.
Once your chosen Department have accepted you, you will be asked to attend a Volunteer Induction, at which you will be required to complete and sign a Safeguarding Declaration, so that you can volunteer alongside Young Persons/Vulnerable Adults and on days when children are visiting the railway.
Following your Induction, you will receive an introductory 3-month Temporary Work Permit to allow your volunteering to get underway. Your first three months will be by way of a familiarisation period at the end of which you will normally receive a Full Work Permit renewable annually on the anniversary date of your Trust Membership.
Volunteer Inductions are normally held on the 3rd Saturday of each month except December.
From time to time, for whatever reason, a volunteer recruit finds that volunteering with us is not for them after they have been along a few times. In these circumstances we will happily refund membership fees if requested provided a Full Work Permit has not been issued and the Trust Membership Card is returned with the free travel voucher intact (not used).
Volunteering with a Disability
If you are considering volunteering but have a disability or you want to apply on behalf of someone with a disability then this briefing note will give initial guidance.
VOLUNTEERING - general requirements
To volunteer on our Railway, you must: -
- Understand that completion of an application is not a guarantee of an offer of a Volunteer Role.
- be a Member of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust. If you are not already a Member please apply to join by completing the Trust form found at the back of the Join Us booklet, or by clicking on the picture above or by joining on line here. You will not be able to attend our volunteer Induction, and therefore volunteer, until you are a Member.
- meet our minimum age requirement please contact us for details
- have your own transport to reach our Railway as most volunteering is based at Toddington or Winchcombe, both of which have poor public transport connections.
- be enthusiastic in what you do.
- have a willingness to learn new skills.
- be prepared to be committed to regular volunteering with us (as a general guide you should be prepared to volunteer 2 to 3 full days per month, but you can do more!).
- appreciate some Volunteer Roles require you to be able to get to the Railway early and / or finish late.
- have a good level of fitness and mobility suitable for the role you are applying for
- be able to understand and follow rules given to you, for your own safety and the safety of others.
- accept as a volunteer you will receive no payment for the work you do or any travelling expenses to or from the Railway.
- accept as a volunteer you may be required to wear a uniform or safety clothes / equipment which you will have to provide at your own expense.
- accept as a volunteer if you have given a commitment to attend the Railway by allowing yourself to be rostered for any duty on any given day you are expected to attend to fulfil that duty or find a suitable replacement
- be aware that the volunteer application form asks for an Emergency Contact. In giving those details you will be confirming that you have the explicit consent of the Emergency Contact to give their contact details and for them to be printed on your Work Permit and it is your responsibility to keep this current
- as a volunteer understand you will effectively be volunteering for Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway plc and that all administration work in respect of your application will be carried out by the plc's Recruitment Officer.
- understand that appointments to a volunteer management role are done through advertising the vacant position internally to existing volunteers and appointing a suitable applicant following interview.
- as a prospective volunteer know that the Railway complies with all current Data Protection Regulation and that information given on your application will only be used in connection with your volunteering.
The Railway’s Recruitment Team look forward to talking to you about volunteer opportunities on our Railway.
Recruitment Director, GWRT