Volunteers are the lifeblood of heritage tramways across the UK and without them it is incredibly unlikely we would be able to enjoy the excellent events we see year on year. All heritage tramways are continually looking for more volunteers to help not only run these events but also the day to day operations and to this end the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester are holding another New Volunteers Day on Saturday 22nd April.
A similar event was held in 2016 and provided to be a success and this day will run along the same lines. If you have ever considered volunteering on a tramway but haven’t quite known how to go about it or even what you can offer the New Volunteers Day is for you! You can meet the friendly, passionate and enthusiastic team and experience all of the different volunteer areas the tramway has to offer. These include restoration, maintenance, archives, admin, guarding, driving, trackwork and staffing the shop. No experience is necessary – although it is a bonus! – as full training will be given.
If you are interested in attending New Volunteers Day you must be over 16 and pre-book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The day will run between 1000 and 1700.
As well as finding out about how you can volunteer the day will also give you the chance to see the progress on Stockport 5’s overhaul, hear about future development plans, view some rarely seen items from the archive, visit the tramways substation and Lakeside Depot (where you will be able to see inside some of the trams). You can also experience what its like to guard and drive one of the trams.
Further details on the event can be found on Facebook.