Regular Help

Under 5’s Family Learning Volunteer (Thursday Mornings)

We are seeking regular help to support the running our Thursday Museum Mice sessions from 10am - 12pm at the Great North Museum, Hancock.

Museum Mice is a Mixed Under 5’s session on a Thursday Morning which follows a theme over the course of 4 weeks. Each month the theme will change to focus on a different aspect of the museum, and each week we will explore the theme in a different way. These sessions are designed to welcome our youngest visitors to the museum and help ignite their curiosity in our collections.

Session 1: will normally be located in our mouse house space and will be a general introduction to the theme.

Session 2: will normally be based out in one of our galleries and will encourage children to engage directly with the collection.

Session 3: will normally be based in our mouse house and be more ‘sensory’ or ‘movement’ based.

Session 4: will normally be based in our Clore Learning Suite and will be a ‘Messy’ based activity.

Occasionally this format will change to suit the spaces available during the month.  

What's involved?

  • Setting up the space with activities,
  • Helping to prepare activities,
  • Building positive relationships with young children, parents and carers
  • Helping visitors engage in activities
  • Helping to review the activities through gathering of visitor feedback and observation.
  • Assisting with tidying away activities at the end of the session.
  • For those that are interested, opportunities can be arranged for helping to develop themes and activities.

*Please note: we are happy to cover any volunteer transport costs involved with this role.

Why get involved?

  • Inspire young children’s curiosity
  • Help make our museum a welcoming place for families.
  • Build confidence with working with young children and their parents and Carers.
  • Learn about Schema based play and other ways to engage young explorers
  • Learn about the different stages of Development for young children.

How to get involved?

  • Log in or sign up to Volunteer for Us.
  • Accept this challenge.
  • Email Georgina Scott directly at the Great North Museum: Hancock to express your interest. Please include a sentence stating why you would be good at this role. You can email Georgina at

Ideal Skills

  • Working as part of a team
  • Working with Children (under 5's)
  • Teaching and Training

Ideal Interests

  • Working with the public
  • Meeting new people
  • Learning and Education