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The Whitaker relies on the dedication and passion of our volunteers who tirelessly work to keep The Whitaker operating for its community.  

To celebrate our wonderful volunteers, each month we will hold a volunteer spotlight, so you get to find out more about them and why they do what they do. 

We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers, and we wouldn’t want to either! 

This month, we sat down with Gill.

Tell us a little bit about yourself 

I’m Gill. I have been volunteering at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery for nearly two years.

I work full time as a social worker managing a children’s home and volunteering at the weekend in my spare time.

I have lived in the valley for over 20 years. I am married with two grown up children. 

Why did you start volunteering at The Whitaker? 

I started volunteering when I took a short break from work and absolutely loved it, so I carried on when I went back to work!

At the time, my youngest daughter, Rhea, was volunteering before going back to university, and it was her that suggested I give it a go – definatley good advice! 

What do you enjoy most about The Whitaker 

It is a great place to meet lots of new people, and I have made some amazing friends.

I really enjoy learning about the museum and it has sparked an interest in art which I never knew I had!

There are lots of opportunities to get involved and different aspects of the museum and art gallery and it has even allowed me to exhibit a piece of my own artwork.

What would you say to anyone considering becoming a volunteer? 

Definitely give it a go! There is something for everyone, and there’s lots of opportunities.

There is lots of flexibility as to when you can volunteer so it’s great to fit around other commitments. 

It’s a great place to learn new things, develop new interests and be part of a great team. 


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