Virtual Volunteering

Volunteers play an important part in the work we do.  Traditionally, volunteers have worked on-site at the Archives Office in Ruthin, but we can now offer virtual volunteering, so you can help to support our service from home.

Pattern of work: As little or as often as you can.

Key achievements to date

Our virtual volunteers have been active since April 2015. The main focus of their work has been to input old word processed catalogues which are available in the searchroom into word or excel templates. They have work delivered to them via dropbox. Staff then upload their work to our website for researchers to access.

A few key achievements include-

  • Inputting all education and school lists (197 catalogues in total!)
  • Inputting all parish record lists (78 catalogues in total)
  • Inputting all parish council records (58 catalogues in total)

Why become a virtual volunteer?

We are looking for volunteers from a range of backgrounds.  You can be any age and looking to learn a new skill or expand your CV, get some work experience, or gain some local knowledge.

Volunteering can benefit you by:

  • improving your IT and other work-related skills
  • providing a sense of being part of a community
  • improving your confidence when looking for a job

Volunteering also supports people returning to work after a period of unemployment, by providing training in new skills and experience in new sectors.

Find out more about volunteering in the archives sector.

How does virtual volunteering help us?

Volunteers make a valuable contribution to our work, and they help to support our aims and objectives.

A large group of virtual volunteers means that we can crowd source large pieces of work. It is a way of getting lengthy catalogues into our database quickly which is beneficial to our researchers who will have eventually have access to our catalogues online prior to their research visit meaning they can plan their time in advance.

How to get involved?

If you would like to be a virtual volunteer, you will need:

  • an email address
  • access to a PC with Microsoft Word or similar
  • basic computer and typing skills
  • an eye for detail

We will provide written instructions and examples, and you will be invited to an optional training session.

If you would like to join the volunteer group please fill in and return our form to archives@denbighshire.gov.uk