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At the Nene Valley Railway we operate as a combined team and are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for our volunteers. We value and develop volunteers of all experiences and backgrounds. We firmly believe
that collaboration amongst our volunteers, who have varied pasts and perspectives generates a more fulfilling experience for all concerned.

Volunteering provides the opportunity to do something different, learn a new skill or fulfil a long held dream. Making new friends and being part of a team enables our railway heritage to be maintained for future generations. Volunteering allows you to offer as much time as you choose gaining a sense of pride in what you achieve as an individual supporting your chosen department.

Volunteers - How do I volunteer ?
If you have an interest in joining the railway and are over18 years old you can email the team on volunteers@nvr.org.uk, or phone the NVR office 01780 784444 and leave a message for the Volunteer Liaison Group. To become a member, complete the online membership form or print and post a physical copy to us and you will be contacted by one of the team to arrange an introductory tour of the site at Wansford. Once a member we offer a formal induction and referral to a manager in your area of choice.

We will also follow your progress and ensure that you are happy in your chosen role.

Due to the nature of the work we have to ensure volunteers are able to achieve certain levels of fitness and pass exams to enable them to work in safety critical areas. We are governed by the ORR office of Road and Railways who ensure that we reach the appropriate levels of health and safety to run a steam railway.

Roles - There are many differing roles at the railway

Typical roles available

And more not listed here.
Each role has differing requirements; engine crew, for example, work long days, commencing very early in the morning. Many roles require a good level of fitness together with taking written and practical exams. Good communication skills and uniforms are required in public facing roles to enhance the perception of a byegone age

Volunteers Corporate Community Days
We can offer a day at the NVR tailored to your employees, whether they prefer lineside maintenance , painting , gardening etc; Members of the Volunteer Liaison Group will be on hand to advise and answer any questions on the day.
We usually offer Tuesday or Thursdays .

Please email Volunteers@nvr.org.uk or call the office 01780 784444 and leave a message.