Charles Stinson, Ulster Museum

Some of our volunteers have told us about their experiences with National Museums NI. Find out what they've learnt and what they enjoy most about volunteering with us.

Tell us about yourself in no more than 50 words

I am 69 have 4 children and 6 grandkids in Canada. Self employed in promotional industry and supply sausage skins to butchers. I enjoy fishing, reading, golfing, travel and turning my not so green thumb to the garden. Love life and meeting people.

What volunteering are you involved in with National Museums NI?

My position was meeting and greeting in Ulster Museum.

How did you hear about the role and why did you apply?

Contact was through a Volunteer Now email. Reason for me applying was to give back time to our community. This was an aspect of my life I missed, as I had been involved in volunteering many years in Northern Ireland and Canada.

Have you learnt anything new about National Museums NI that you didn’t know before?

I was in the dark about opportunities in the Museum's NI and their programmes. The staff and volunteers welcomed me into their team and I have learnt from them every day. 

Tell us the best 3 things about volunteering with National Museums NI?

I have found a safe and welcoming place and feel good about giving back to Northern Ireland.

All the staff are very willing to share and encourage they are like a big family.

It is a relaxing environment and a pleasure to volunteer.