Volunteer for the Guild

The Knitting & Crochet Guild is run solely by volunteers and it takes an army of people to ensure the smooth running of it all.

If you’d like to help, in any capacity, we’d like to hear from you! There are a variety of roles to choose from to suit your availability and lifestyle.

We know that there are a number of reasons why people volunteer too, so if you’re looking for a short term role, something you can do from home, to learn a skill or share your expertise; let us know – we often have upcoming roles or things we’re working on that we might be able to offer you.


Branch Co-ordinator

Our Branch Co-ordinators are an essential part of the Knitting & Crochet Guild and they work ‘on the ground’ with our members.

Any member can start their own branch and it’s up to you how often, where and when you meet. We have a number of branches who are continuing to meet online, and it could be that some branches are online only even when we’re able to meet face to face again.

The Guild can provide assistance on how to set up a local branch and we can help contact other members who may be local to you.

We are particularly interested in starting new branches in Scotland and Wales.

If you’re interested in starting a branch or helping to run an existing branch, please contact Libby Hood (Branch Leader) for further information.

Collections Team

Volunteers are always welcome to help with our collection. It is a great way to see parts of the collection close up and to handle the items that would not normally be accessible in a museum or gallery context.

You can find out more about what volunteers do on the Collection Team volunteering page.

IT

We are looking for people to help out behind the scenes, working with our IT Director, to ensure the smooth running of our website, database, email system and ad hoc projects. These roles will evolve as new tasks and projects come up.

If you’re interested in finding out more and what specific skills we need, please contact Steve Foreman for details.

Download the IT volunteer job descriptions.

Convention Team

We’re starting to plan the Convention for this year, in whatever format that may take, and we’re looking for volunteers to work in a variety of roles on this project with us. There will be regular meetings held via Zoom, and the work will start off slowly and ramp up towards the event date in September. Please contact marketing@kcguild.org.uk for further details.

Membership Secretary

Although we are not actively seeking a Membership Secretary, we are always keen to hear from members who would consider taking on the role in the future.

The Membership Secretary works behind the scenes processing new member applications. This vital role has recently undergone a transformation as we’ve moved to our online membership database, Sheep, and much of the work is now automated. There is a requirement for some manual processing though, and a regular commitment of 1-2 hours per week.

As the Membership Secretary is a member of the Board, you’ll also need to be available for monthly meetings (usually about an hour long and held via Zoom).

If you’re comfortable with spreadsheets and databases with an eye for detail, this could be the role for you. Please contact Janet Collins to find out more.

Secretary

Although we have a Secretary at the moment, we are always keen to hear from people who might like to consider taking on the role in the future.

The Secretary role is an integral part of the Guild, keeping the Board accountable and overseeing all company secretarial tasks.

You will need to be available for monthly Board meetings (usually about an hour long and held via Zoom). The time commitment for this role is around 15 hours per month (some weeks will be busier than others) and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in project working groups too.

If you’re an experienced administrator and are looking to volunteer at Board level, please contact Janet Collins to find out more about the role.

Download the Secretary job description.

Social Media Moderators

If you’re familiar with social media and have regular pockets of time to moderate our comments and direct messages, please do get in touch. We’re currently looking for moderators for our Instagram and Twitter profiles. Please contact marketing@kcguild.org.uk for more info.

Web content management

You are reading this - proof that our website is important to us. We are looking for people who can help keep our website up to date with content provided by other volunteers.

If you’re interested in finding out more and what specific skills we need, please contact our webmaster.