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Join a team of inspirational and enthusiastic volunteers at ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre in Truro, Cornwall.

As a ShelterBox Visitor Centre volunteer, you’ll be a part of a team telling our story and raising awareness about ShelterBox’s work in disaster relief around the world.

You’ll be confident with the public, welcoming, friendly and able to ask visitors to support us through making a donation or regular giving.

You’ll have access to regular updates on our deployments and you’ll receive induction and training to ensure you feel confident in all aspects of the work of the charity.

The role

  • Welcoming visitors at the main information desk.
  • Leading guided tours to groups, clubs and business partners.
  • Guardianship of exhibitions and displays.
  • Delivering our education programme to school groups.
  • Supporting key calendar events with ShelterBox.
  • Involvement in a wide range of additional fundraising events.

David's experience

In early 2006, David Crook was travelling in Sri Lanka when he met a man who had been devastated by the Boxing Day Tsunami. He had lost his wife, a child and his tuk-tuk business and been left to raise his one year old daughter on his own.

David said: 'He had just been re-housed and proudly showed me his new home. He was one of many who had been helped by ShelterBox and he was still using his groundsheets, blankets and enamel cooking pots.

'His story inspired me and although I was already a supporter, I was determined to become a volunteer.

'In 2007 I gave my first talk as a ShelterBox Speaker and haven't stopped since. I have just done my 600th public event for ShelterBox, and have completed 150 tours around ShelterBox locations.

'I have spoken to groups throughout England (and even to one in Australia!) and supported large events. I've packed boxes, stuffed envelopes, made box handles and helped at training events.

'I am looking forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities that the new Visitor Centre will give me to engage further with the public and share the vision that is ShelterBox.

'I am passionate about ShelterBox and its work, believing in a world where no family should be without shelter.

'ShelterBox's aid to families devastated by disaster and conflict provides shelter and hope and the "glue" that enables communities to remain together.'

His story inspired me, and made me determined to become a ShelterBox volunteer.

David Crook, Visitor Centre Volunteer

Volunteer Roles

Unfortunately, we are not currently recruiting for Visitor Centre Volunteers.

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering with us in a different role, please complete this form and you will be notified as soon as opportunities are available.

If you are not based in the UK but would like to find out if there are volunteer roles available in your country, please take a look at our affiliates