Are the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway recruiting new volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis?
At the moment our offices are closed and all our efforts are going into reopening the Railway when we have agreed a plan that will keep our volunteers and passengers safe.
So until we reopen, we have suspended volunteer recruitment. Once we are open and have proved we can operate the railway safely for all concerned, we will be recruiting new volunteers. Look out on our website and Social Media for announcements.
How many volunteers are there?
At the last count we had over 530 volunteers. Yes, really!
Do I need previous experience?
Not at all. Most of our volunteers have no previous experience of working on a railway when they arrive. In most cases we will train new volunteers by having them work alongside existing volunteers.
Are there any age limits?
Our volunteers range from teenagers to the over eighties. Older people can carry on volunteering to any age provided they are fit enough and can do the work safely. Under 16s are encouraged to join the Young Persons’ Group.
How much time do I have to give?
On the whole it is entirely up to you. Some of our volunteers offer a few days a year; others are never away from the place. Certain jobs on the operating roster have a minimum number of turns, to ensure that staff remain fully conversant with the needs of their role.
I live a long way from Haworth – can you help with accommodation?
The Railway has an accommodation block, Stanier House, at Haworth which volunteers can use, by arrangement. There is no charge for this. Facilities are clean but not luxurious!
Do I have to be a member of the Society?
Yes, all volunteers must be members, but volunteers are also entitled to pay a lower annual subscription – so it’s not too bad!