The Station volunteer highlights benefits of helping out

Station volunteer Angie MacRae.

A volunteer at The Station in Richmond has marked Volunteer Week by highlighting the benefits of helping out at the venue.

The Station in Richmond is one of the attractions in Richmond that relies on the support of volunteers, and is home to a three-screen cinema, award-winning restaurant, gift and lifestyle shop, art galleries, bookstall, traditional sweet shop, and a selection of independent businesses.

Visitors to the Grade II* listed old Richmond Station building are welcomed by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Owned and operated by the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust (RBPT), all profits go back to the upkeep and improvement of the community enterprise.

Platform volunteer at The Station, Angie MacRae said: “I have lived in Richmond for many years and I love this town.

“I have been volunteering at The Station as part of the Platform team for two and a half years, now, and it is a fantastic place to be involved with.

“I think The Station is one of the best community venues in England. We are so fortunate to have it here in our town. I have always enjoyed the atmosphere at The Station when I’ve visited myself and there is always so much happening here, so it seemed the perfect place to volunteer.

“I was made to feel very welcome immediately – the team at The Station are all very friendly, and we are very well looked after.

“The volunteers at The Station are a fantastic group of people, and we all have different skills and interests. We all really care about The Station and are passionate about the way the building has been brought back to life – it’s a great feeling being part of the next chapter of this historic place.

“Personally, I love talking to people, and seeing visitors’ reactions to the building when they first walk in – it’s amazing all the things we’ve got here under one roof! I enjoy getting stuck in and making a difference in my local community and I hope my enthusiasm for The Station shows.”

“If you’re considering becoming a volunteer at The Station, my advice would be – go for it! The team here are so welcoming and it’s a lovely place to be. You can come in and see what it’s all about and even do a trial session to see if it’s for you. No two days are the same – you get asked different questions every shift and meet visitors from all over Britain and the world.

“It’s also a lovely way to get involved and meet other like-minded volunteers too – we enjoy social events throughout the year and get complimentary cinema tickets too. We are so fortunate to have The Station here in Richmond so I feel it is important those of us with spare time support this fantastic community space.”

Chief executive of RBPT Chris Brown said: “Community venues like The Station rely on the support of volunteers – they play such an important role in bringing this building to life.

“We have a brilliant team of dedicated volunteers who meet and greet visitors, look after our Lost and Found bookstall, and help with the other exciting things that happen here, including our events, art galleries, shop and cinema. We simply couldn’t do it without them.

“We are on the lookout for new volunteers to join our team here at The Station and have some great opportunities to get involved.”

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering opportunities at The Station, email Carol at friends@thestation.co.uk

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