VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help welcome visitors into Dunfermline.

ONFife Cultural Trust is holding two information events as part of the recruitment campaign for Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G).

Friendly West Fifers are being sought to join the team as the summer approaches and the number of tourists increases.

Volunteering development officer Lesley Toles said: “We have had an excellent response to the Welcome Hosts, both from local people and visitors – it makes such a difference to be greeted warmly and to have local volunteers who take a pride in their town and the venue on board.

“We want to offer a warm welcome to our visitors seven days a week and are looking to recruit up to 20 new Welcome Hosts to meet and greet our visitors. It’s a commitment of just a couple of hours a week and is an opportunity to meet new people and engage with visitors from many different places – it’s very sociable.

"Staff and volunteers enjoy working in this beautiful building and volunteers have commented that it has helped with skills development and building up their CV.”

Volunteer Kat McCulloch, 22, from Dunfermline, has been part of the DCL&G Welcome Host Team for several months. She is enjoying her Welcome Host role and is currently extending her volunteering with additional training to become a town ambassador, which will see her offering welcome orientation walks to visitors.

“I enjoy my Welcome Host role as I like meeting all sorts of people, and the atmosphere in DCL&G is great," she said. "I have been coming to the Carnegie library in Dunfermline since I was tiny so it's lovely to be part of it. In my new role as a town ambassador, I am excited to be showing people around the town!"

If you are interested in joining the Welcome Host Team at DCL&G, Lesley will be hosting an information event at the venue tomorrow (Friday) and again on Wednesday, June 12, between 10am and 2pm.

“Please do come along and find out more about becoming a Welcome Host!" she added. "Training and support is provided and there are no formal qualifications required, just a friendly smile and desire to help people!”

As the volunteer programme at DCLG’s Welcome Hub celebrated its first anniversary, ONFife announced this week that two of the Welcome Hosts have been shortlisted for Fife Voluntary Action Awards this year.

Matthew Nicholson, 24, from Aberdour, has been shortlisted for Young Volunteer of the Year while George Raeburn, 60, from Dunfermline, is in the running for the Mature Volunteer of the Year award.

For information or to apply for a Welcome Host role or to find more about becoming a town ambassador, contact Lesley by email on Lesley.Toles@onfife.com or call 03451 555 555 Ext 492781.