Share your love of the Ouseburn area by leading visitors on our 90-minute Back to the Future guided walk, incorporating fascinating stories based on the Valley’s rich heritage and regeneration initiatives.

Volunteer as a Walking Tour Guide at Ouseburn Trust

About the role

As a walking guide, you will welcome groups of visitors to Ouseburn and deliver information about the area’s heritage, modern regeneration and future plans. You’ll have a script to work from but there will be plenty of opportunities to add your own twist. 

You’ll often work in pairs to lead a tour following a set route. Tour guides monitor and observe the health and safety requirements of the tour, particularly in areas with busy traffic. 

Volunteers will undergo a training programme and be given full support by the existing Volunteer Guides and Ouseburn Trust staff.

Volunteer as a Walking Tour Guide at Ouseburn Trust

What we expect from you

As a tour guide, we don’t expect you to know everything about Ouseburn. However, you need to have a passion for heritage and history of the North East, and a keen interest in Ouseburn Valley.  

You must be an excellent communicator. You’ll be working with groups of up to 15 people, so experience of presenting is helpful but not essential.  

Guides will be required to volunteer for two and a half hours at a time, although tours will generally last 90 minutes. Tours run every Saturday morning throughout the year starting at 10.30 and at other times for privately booked groups.  

Once trained the preference would be for Guides to lead tours regularly, preferably once every three to four weeks. A willingness to step in at short notice is very much appreciated.

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