Fish quay heritage centre recruiting more volunteers

The Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay is recruiting more volunteers.

Boosting its volunteer team will help the centre to continue to open over the summer months and possibly extend its opening hours.

Since re-opening last July following several months of closure due to the pandemic, the heritage centre has worked hard to recruit new volunteers to enable it to open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm and more recently to occasionally open on Sundays when special events have been taking place outside.

Centre director, Guy Moody, said: “We are so grateful to our volunteers, some who have been with us since we opened as a heritage centre seven years ago and others who have joined us more recently. Their selfless support means we can open the café and gallery from Tuesday to Saturday every week.

“I would also like to thank those who have given us their time on some Sundays when special events have been taking place outside the centre which have resulted in lots of visitors to our café and galleries.

“However, our next challenge is filling rotas over the summer months when our regular volunteers are taking well-earned time off for holidays. So, we continue to look for more people to boost our volunteer numbers to support stall in the café and to welcome visitors to the centre and provide some flexibility over the holiday period.”

Guy added that more volunteers could also enable the centre to open for longer hours from Tuesday to Saturday, perhaps until 4pm instead of 3pm and continue to open sometimes on Sundays when special events are taking place.

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