Other Volunteer Roles - Historic Signpost Refurbishment Volunteers

Role Title

Historic Signpost Refurbishment Officers

Main Activity

 

To keep a watching brief of Exmoor's Cast Iron road side signposts carrying out work as necessary within the limits of the scheme.

 

We are looking for volunteers to work as part of a team to clean and repaint signposts across Exmoor. Training will be provided on how to carry out this work safely.

 

You can apply or sign up to adopt one or more of the signposts (see here for a list of them).   Once you are signed up, accepted and trained you'll be asked to adopt that signpost(s) and keep a watching brief on it:-

  • Removing vegetative growth from around the sign
  • Cleaning it with a soft brush and water
  • Painting it as required
  • Providing a short report (one or two lines), detailing what has been done and recording volunteer hours

By volunteering you also undertake 

  • To attend a safety training session with Somerset County Council before carrying out any work (we will help arrange dates for this, and the qualification is valid for three years)
  • To carry out all work in line with the handbook and risk assessments here.

Once you have signed up to adopt a sign post we will arrange your training with Somerset County Council to ensure both your safety on the road and your insurance is valid.  

Some of the signs may be outside the scope of the training (too fast/busy road).  In this case keep a watching brief and report the problems back to the parish council to arrange works.  Some money may be available to the parish through the National Park Caremoor fund.

Although Exmoor National National Park Authority provides some support and coordination to the scheme volunteers are trained and insured by Somerset County Council Highways as the signs are their property.

 

As a trained volunteer you'll also have access to social events for all Exmoor volunteers and an email support group for the Historic Signpost Volunteers.  Through this email group you'll be able to request help to work on a sign (to avoid lone working) or to share resources such as tools or paint.

 

This is a ongoing project started with with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exmoor National Park Authority and Somerset County Council.

 

Data Protection

By taking part in this project Exmoor National Park will store your details, and may also share your name and contact details with project partners (Somerset County Council, Parish Councils) solely for the efficient implementation of the project. 

 

Location

 

Every parish within the Somerset part of Exmoor National Park.

 

Time Commitment

 

 

We ask for a minimum commitment of three years, but for one sign you may only volunteer 2 or 3 times a year.

 

 

All the signs were cleaned and repainted during the summers of 2017 and

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018. This is now an on going project to keep them in shape, clean and repaint

 

 

 

 

 

as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skills/Ability needed

 

You will need to attend a training day to cover health and safety guidance as you will be carrying out work on a highway, this must be completed before carrying out any work.  Previous experience of any kind of painting work would be an advantage but not essential.

 

What you need to bring

 

You will need to wear stout shoes and old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! We will provide all the safety equipment and paint, brushes etc required to complete the task. Volunteers will need their own transport.

What’s in it for you

The opportunity to attend a training day and to contribute to the process of refurbishing historic signposts across Exmoor. There will be great job satisfaction when the work is complete and the signposts in your area are restored back to their former splendour.  You'll also have access to the Exmoor National Park volunteer network, training programme and social events.

What next

Fill in an application form or sign up and a member of staff will be in touch to see if there is a particular signpost you would like to adopt, or give you a list of signs we still need people to sign up for.

 

 

If you have any questions you can contact:-

Shirley Blaylock

Historic Signpost Project Officer

 

Exmoor National Park Authority

 

Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL Tel: 01398 323259

 

or 

 

Patrick Watts-Mabbott

Volunteer and Outreach Officer

Exmoor National Park Authority

Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL

Mobile:  07973727469