A Week in the Life of the Volunteers Day 1

03 March 2014

Region: London

Maslenitsa © Del Barrett ARPS

Volunteering can be jolly hard work but immensely rewarding too.  As this is going to be quite a busy week for the London team, we thought we would devote this week’s blog to sharing some of our activities – particularly what goes on behind the scenes.

We make no apology for the thin veil over the recruitment drive!

We have recently launched a new project – Londongrad – to celebrate the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.  We are lucky enough to have Marina as one of our volunteers and she is co-ordinating the initiative.  Our first event was an informal meet-up yesterday at Maslenitsa – the Russian sun festival, marking the arrival of spring.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t any sun, nor much evidence of spring, but there were some wonderful shots to be had and some excellent Russian food!

At the moment we are running Londongrad via Facebook, since we have a great deal of interest in the project from people that aren’t yet members of The Society, although details of all events will be posted on the website and published in our monthly newsletter. 

If you have an interest in all things Russian, why not volunteer some time for Londongrad.  Over the next few months, we’ll be looking for help in the following areas:

  • Arranging meet-ups
  • Creating content for social networks and the website
  • Assisting with the official launch (probably a party and a postcard exhibition)
  • Producing content for the newsletter
  • Planning and running the final exhibition

One of the key things to note about being a volunteer for a group or region is that you don’t have to be an experienced photographer or a seasoned member of The Society.  The main requisite is enthusiasm and a willingness to help out - whether this be hanging an exhibition or washing the glasses after the private view, organising events, running a Facebook page or taking on tweeting duties.  The more we can spread the workload, the more we can offer our members.  So if you think you can help, email us at london@rps.org.  We’re longing to hear from you!