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Becoming a Volunteer and/or Trustee
with Burngate Stone Carving Centre

Have you considered Volunteering or becoming a Trustee?

Burngate is a small charity that relies on Trustees and Volunteers who can help us achieve our mission to ‘Advance the Education of the art of stone masonry, stone carving, sculpture and the stone working heritage and history of Purbeck.’ It’s also a great way to get involved with the local community and meet new people, learn new skills and be in a creative space with people who are passionate about the area and stone carving.

We’re looking for trustees and volunteers who have both time and skills that they would be happy to share in order to help us take Burngate forward.

We are looking for volunteers and trustees with the time to offer support in the following areas:

  • Day to Day
    To help with meet and greet, engaging and welcoming visitors to the centre as well as taking money from shop sales, merchandising of the shop and gallery areas and the inevitable dusting and cleaning of the public areas. To help us open 7 days a week. To make teas and coffees for students and visitors as well.
  • PR expertise
    To help us secure articles and media interest in the centre throughout Dorset and beyond.
  • Social Media Skills
    To develop and action an effective social media strategy.
  • Website
    To maintain and develop the website.
  • Graphic Art
    To design leaflets and flyers and other materials.
  • Funding Bids
    To look for funding opportunities and to help devise projects and apply for funding.
  • Education
    To help us tell the story of stone masonry, stone carving, sculpture and the stone working heritage and history through community presentations and talks at Burngate and in the local area.
  • Events
    To help organise and plan and promote an annual diary of Burngate events to attract visitors.
  • Schools
    To help develop projects with local schools. To seek opportunities to incorporate the history of Purbeck stone, stone carving and stonemasonry into education at local schools and finding potential sources of joint funding.
  • Anything else
    We are open to ideas and suggestions.

We would love to hear from you – give Claire our centre manager a call 01929 439405

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“One of the highlights of Volunteering at Burngate is the scenic views and the tranquillity of the place”.

“Recently retired I was delighted to offer my time and experience to Burngate. Now a Trustee I am thrilled to be helping to shape an exciting future”

If you like meeting new people, want to become part of a small friendly team and are looking for an opportunity to become a trustee or volunteer your time we would love to hear from you.

For more information please give Claire our centre manager a call  01929 439405

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Why volunteer at Burngate?

Volunteering with us will give you the opportunity to:
  • Try your hand at stone carvings and learn a new skill
  • Support a small local charity
  • Learn more about the rich heritage of the stone quarrying industry
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of the location and especially the view
  • Meet visitors from a wide range of ages and backgrounds
  • See the smiles of participants faces when they take home their own stone carving masterpiece

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