The Mill Guide welcomes visitors to the premises, introduces him or herself and the purpose of their role, and informs them as to the safety aspects of moving around in the Mill. He or she then gives a scripted guided tour of the Mill which lasts approximately one hour, answering questions, if asked, to the best of their understanding. Visitors are given a good history of the business and are shown the workings of the machinery and the production process of making bere meal. They are given an understanding of the significance and uniqueness of this historically important cereal, grown only here in Orkney and milled only here in Birsay.

When no visitors are present at the Mill, Guides make up bags of bere and oatmeal for sale, and keep the property tidy and clean.

Guides work by rota, the Mill being open daily between 10am and 5pm. It may be possible to volunteer half days if there are sufficient volunteers and to take into account the needs of volunteers to work flexibly.

Full training and an induction are given to all volunteers and expenses are paid.

If you are interested in having a chat about this role please contact Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897 or Susan Tyzack at Barony Mill on 721 439.


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