Volunteers Week (1st-7th June) is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. This year Belfast Charitable Society and Clifton House would like to celebrate their long standing volunteers, as well as our more recent cohort of White Badge Tour Guide Volunteers.

Our volunteers undertake a number of different activities from researching and designing new tour offerings to delivering talks and tours. Beginning in January 2019, Belfast Charitable Society in association with the Institute for Tourist Guiding, and financial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, have just completed Northern Ireland’s first White Badge Course. The course examined the principles of tour guiding, supplemented with practical sessions and lecturers from historians and academics on key aspects of Clifton House’s history, set within its wider context.

With the results in from the examiners, and the graduation scheduled for the 26th June, our volunteers can sit back and relax (for a bit!) before they begin taking tours in July & August. They most certainly deserve it!