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‘Welcome to Reading’ Ambassadors up and running at Reading Station

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A new volunteer-led scheme to welcome visitors to Reading is up and running at Reading Station but more volunteers are needed.

Organised by Reading UK, a team of local volunteers is providing an information service to visitors arriving by train, playing their part in Reading’s economic recovery by providing a warm welcome, local information and directions.

The Welcome Ambassadors have been initially operating three mornings a week, but it is hoped that more volunteers will join the team allowing Reading UK to expand the service.

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK, said: “The volunteer Ambassadors represent our town and all that is great about it, sharing their knowledge of things to do, where to go and how to get there with the thousands of people who pass through Reading Station every day. If you are proud of Reading and interested in helping welcome visitors back to our town, come join the team.”

Terry Dixon, Welcome Ambassador volunteer said: “From helping people on the station with all manner of requests and giving a good first impression of Reading to providing directions and ideas of things to do in Reading, volunteering as a welcome ambassador is rewarding and fulfils an important function of promoting our friendly town to people visiting or just passing through.”

Reading UK is looking for people who want to share their pride in Reading, its history and culture and modern economy, by giving up three hours a week to help run the mobile visitor information stand inside Reading Station. Volunteers will have a good knowledge of Reading, its geography and what it has to offer to tourists, shoppers, business visitors or people visiting for other reasons.

The Welcome to Reading Ambassadors are based inside Reading Station near the main ticket barriers at a mobile tourist information stand. Volunteers receive full training and a uniform and will be working in a team with other volunteers. Anyone interested will need to be able to volunteer for three hours, one day a week. To find out about volunteering as a ‘Welcome to Reading Ambassador’ contact alex@livingreading.co.uk