Recruiting Volunteer Tour Guides and Tour Guide Assistants

Photo of women outside the Templeton Building on the East End Women's Heritage Walk
Visiting the Templeton Building on the East End Women’s Heritage Walk. Credit: GWL

We’d like to grow our team of volunteer Women’s Heritage Walks tour guides and tour guide assistants and would love to hear from you if you are interested in women’s history, or want to learn more, and who want to contribute to making women’s achievements, lives and contributions more visible and better known.

We currently offer six Women’s Heritage Walks in different areas of the city (Merchant City, Gorbals, West End, East End, Necropolis and Garnethill).  We usually offer a walk a month (usually Saturday afternoons) between April and October as part of our public programme, as well as walks for private groups (often during the week, as and when required).  The guided walks are limited to a maximum of 20 people and there are at least three volunteers (two tour guides and an assistant) on each walk.

What is involved?

We are recruiting for two volunteer roles: Tour Guides and Tour Guides Assistants.

To find out more about each role please download the files below:

Time commitment:

  • We usually offer 1 to 2 walks a month between April and October. Walks are usually held on Saturday afternoons.  The walks for closed groups are more likely to take place on week days.

  • We ask that each tour guides helps to deliver at least three walks per year.  Each walk requires some preparation, liaison with the Volunteer Coordinator and other guides, and picking up materials from GWL in advance (microphone, images, script etc). This is equivalent to a minimum of 5 hours for every walk you take part in.

  • We also hold two walk volunteers’ meetings each year, usually one in October which is also a celebration of the end of the walking season, and one in the Spring to launch the season

  • Due to the nature of the role we feel this is best suited to someone who intends to volunteer long term, for at least 2 years (although, of course, we realise that circumstances can change).

If you would like to apply:

Please download and complete our  Volunteer Application Form and return it via email or post.

NB: For this role, we are inviting applications from all women (not just our priority groups as detailed on our Volunteering page).

Our Volunteering Programme is inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women. 

More information:

If you would like to find out more you are warmly invited to an information session on Thursday 26th May 2022, 6pm to 7pm at GWL when you can meet other volunteers and hear about their experiences before committing. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming along (contact details below).

If you have any questions about any of the above please call or email our Volunteer Coordinator Gabrielle Macbeth on 0141 550 22667 or gabrielle.macbeth@womenslibrary.org.uk

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