Imogen's story - Volunteering at Dolaucothi

This brooch, found at Dolaucothi, is a typical Roman design © Carmarthen Museum

This brooch, found at Dolaucothi, is a typical Roman design

My time volunteering at the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Carmarthenshire was amazing. Everyone was so friendly and helpful that they welcomed me as part of their team from day one.

I gained a lot of experience, knowledge, and improved some of my skills such as confidence, communication, organisation, time management and leadership.

While there I was able to assist the tour guides, which led me to being able to lead a few tours on my own. I was also able to help out with a few small projects such as designing posters for events and fundraising information and I did some re-organising and sorting in the main office.

Although I did my volunteering as part of the Graduate Academy which is a Go Wales scheme, I experienced a lot of the day-to-day activities that any volunteer would do, especially with helping the tour guides. I enjoyed my time here so much that I hope to volunteer independently of the Graduate Academy in the near future.

To conclude, my time at the Gold Mines was enjoyable, interesting, and I learnt a lot about how the site is run, how well the staff work together, and how the National Trust works as an organisation and charity.