Pontefract Castle launches new Volunteer Scheme

​PR 4952
11 May 2015

A drive for volunteers to help support a £3.4 million project at Pontefract Castle is underway.

The Key to the North project includes a new Volunteer Scheme with several roles available, including events and activities assistants, grounds maintenance assistants and office assistants.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “These roles are perfect for anyone wanting to assist with the running and maintaining of the castle site, helping with events and activities and supporting the staff team.

“The scheme aims to provide a platform for individuals to learn new skills, use existing skills, meet new people and contribute to the current working life of a significant heritage site. “

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is invited to call into the visitor centre at Pontefract Castle for tea and a chat on Saturday 23 May, 11am - 3pm.

The Key to the North project, which includes £3.04 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will see major conservation work to the ruins which will take the site off the At Risk register. There will also be a new visitor centre with an activity zone, exhibition space and café, new paths and a huge programme of events and activities over four years. Further funding has been provided by Historic England, Wakefield Council, the Wolfson Foundation and EPaC.

The project will be officially launched on Saturday June 6 when there will be further opportunities to learn more about volunteering.

For further details about becoming a volunteer e-mail castles@wakefield.gov.uk