All posts by Lauren Prince

About Lauren Prince

Hello I’m Lauren, the Project Coordinator for Culture Track. I support volunteers who are unemployed to develop new skills and experience through volunteering across Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and also some other cultural organisations including Centre for Life, The Mining Institute, Dance City and The Sage Gateshead.

I’m responsible for recruiting volunteers for my project and providing individual support. This means that I give information, advice and guidance to the volunteers to find the right volunteering role for them and also to identify any further support that I can offer such as training courses, qualifications or employment support.

Within my role I get to organise lots of interesting training and events for the volunteers. Some of the things the volunteers have been involved in so far include, behind the scenes tours of the museums and collections, learning how to design and deliver a guided tour, a museum careers conference and learning how to bind books and much much more!

I’ve been working with and coordinating volunteers for quite a few years now, after I completed a degree in English Literature. In my spare time I try to fit in a bit of volunteering too. In the past I’ve volunteered at music festivals, Glastonbury and Leeds, for Oxfam which I loved. I also really love travelling and recently travelled around the world, which was fantastic!

Volunteering, Employability and Accessibility – Paul Casson

Paul is one of the fantastic Culture Track volunteers, who has continued volunteering with us even after securing paid employment. Paul began volunteering with us at the Discovery Museum and is now volunteering within BFI Mediatheque in the Archives. He’s… Read more

Creating Real Experiences Accessible to Everyone (CREATE) Volunteering

We celebrated the success of the CREATE (Creating Real Experiences Accessible to Everyone) Volunteering Project with a fantastic event at the Tyneside Cinema. We had popcorn, cheese boards and we even got to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! We were… Read more

Colin Armstrong – Volunteering at the Discovery Museum

Colin has been volunteering with us at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums for over 2 years now. He first joined volunteering as part of the Culture Track Project and has since progressed into volunteering across the museums, helping with… Read more

Record Breaking Volunteers at The Late Shows 2011

We recruited a record breaking number of volunteers to support The Late Shows 2011. With over 100 volunteers supporting the late night events which took place in Newcastle, Gateshead and Ouseburn over 2 nights and 49 venues!! I got the… Read more

A Life Changing Experience – John Nicholls

I wanted to give you a real insight into how volunteers feel about their experience, in particular with the Culture Track volunteer project that I have been coordinating for the last 2 years. John kindly has agreed to be interviewed… Read more