The Norwich Society

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with the Norwich Society is an excellent way of learning more about Norwich, making a valued contribution to the work of the Society, and making friends.


The Society relies on volunteers to help deliver its popular events programme for members and the public.

Stewarding for walking tours and days out

In addition to the event leader all walks and days out will be stewarded by a volunteer member of the Norwich Society who will receive a free place as a thank you. They are responsible for greeting all attendees; acting as back marker to ensure no-one gets left behind; acting as an ambassador for the Norwich Society and socialising with members of the group especially to those who have come on their own.

Welcome desk at lectures/events
This involves arranging Norwich Society publications and promotional material on the desk provided; welcoming attendees; checking off the attendance list if ticketed; taking entrance fees from non-members; encouraging them to apply for membership and taking fees as necessary.

Developing tours and presentations
We know that there is a wealth of interest and knowledge amongst our members. If you would like to develop a walking tour looking at a specific aspect of Norwich heritage, or if you have some research that you are willing to present to the friendly Historians Group please get in touch. Assistance with developing your walk or talk can be provided.

Much of the Norwich Society’s work in preserving Norwich’s heritage is done through its five outward facing committees:

Planning Appraisal
Reviews current planning applications and comments as necessary to the City Council Planning Applications Committee in order to seek high design standards and protect the environment. It also manages the biennial Design Awards. See HERE for more information.

Strategic Planning and Transport
Responds to consultations affecting the long-term future of the City. Initiates actions to ensure that development strategies necessary to the proper planning of future development are in place and that these provide proper guidance to ensure high quality development that meets the needs of local people.

Conservation and Development
Works to ensure that the City’s historic built environment is conserved, especially its nationally and locally listed buildings, ancient monuments and conservation areas.

Civic Environment
Seeks to ensure that the public realm – streets, parks and other open spaces etc – is maintained to a high standard and, where necessary, enhanced.

Publicity and Events

Provides services and benefits to members – publications, newsletters and other, communications, website, social media, organising events for members and the public, encouraging volunteer involvement, corporate member events. Raises awareness of the Society’s activities with the public and other organisations.

Finance and Administration
The Society also has a Finance and Administration Committee to ensure that it is managed effectively and sustainably. It deals with governance, income generation, fundraising, membership, office administration, budget setting.

Committees usually meet monthly and involve some practical work such as auditing Norwich’s small green spaces for the Civic Environment Committee, or judging entries for the Design Awards managed by the Planning Appraisal Committee. If you are interested you are welcome to attend a meeting as an observer to see whether it is for you.

If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities please CONTACT US