Volunteers Wanted as Dorchester Ambassadors!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Dorchester Ambassadors

The BID is always trying to find new ways to boost trade and tourism in Dorchester, ensuring it stays a vibrant, eclectic and fun place to visit and live in. Our newest scheme, which we hope to introduce in the two weeks before Christmas, we feel could really enhance the experience of visitors to the town.

The idea is for a team of ‘Town Ambassadors’ (probably about 4) to help promote the town by encouraging people to explore and discover just how much the town has to offer. These volunteers would be stationed in the town’s car parks to act as meeters and greeters – welcoming visitors to the town, especially people enjoying holidays in Dorset. Ambassadors would show visitors where to park, and then offering them suggestions for where to shop, which Dorchester attractions to visit and where to eat and drink.

Our plan is for one ambassador to be present in the Charles Street car park, and another to have a roaming role between the other town car parks. We would ideally be looking for two people available from Monday to Saturday to do two hours in the morning between 9.30am-11.30am, and two more to cover between 11.30am-1.30am. This could of course be different people every day, depending on the level of volunteer interest.

Skills/Qualifications required: Outgoing personality, a passion for Dorchester, pride in our county town and of course good local knowledge!

The Dorchester BID will be organising this initiative and although we are asking for volunteers, there is some funding to allow us to reimburse the Ambassadors for time spent on the pilot project.

If it is a success DBID will hope to encourage the local authorities to consider joining in with financial support to make the Dorchester Ambassadors a more permanent feature in town during peak periods (Wednesdays, Easter, Summer holidays and during the Olympics for example).

Anyone interested in being considered as an Ambassador please contact the DBID by post to 49 High West Street, or by email to philg@dorchesterdorset.co.uk

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