Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Volunteer Yvonne Danker shows Zoe Cunningham from Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland around the latest exhibition in the MAC’s Sunken Gallery.

Arts venue the MAC is recruiting people of all ages and backgrounds to be part of their dynamic team of more than 100 volunteers called MACtivists.

The MACtivist Volunteer Programme, supported by Coca-Cola, enables people with an interest in the arts to volunteer their time to be part of the MAC in return for a series of incentives.

Anne McReynolds, Chief Executive at the MAC said: "Our MACtivists bring a distinct energy and commitment, which enriches the experience of all who visit and work here. Our corporate sponsor, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland provides much valued support to help fund the MACtivist training programming. In return for their time, MACtivists receive training, skills enhancement and the chance to see brand new theatre productions and work with world-class art exhibitions and artists.

"Our current team of around 100 volunteers on the programme come from all ages, backgrounds and experiences. Our MACtivists are often the first point of contact for most visitors to the MAC and as such, are the embodiment of the MAC and its ethos. They are an integral part of our organisation whom we value very much. We would like to invite anyone who may be interested to get in touch and find out more."

Zoe Cunningham, Communications Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland added: "The MAC is an inspiring organisation to be part of and volunteering is an excellent way for people from all walks of life to develop their skills, meet new people and gain new experiences. We would encourage anyone wishing to learn more about the arts and take on a new challenge as part of a diverse and energetic team to get in touch."

Yvonne Danker from Belfast has been volunteering as a MACtivist since the venue opened in April 2012. Yvonne said: "I have always worked in retail but was made redundant a few years ago. My favourite part of previous jobs was meeting the public so the MACtivist role sounded perfect. It has absolutely exceeded my expectations and opened a whole new world. I could never have imagined meeting such diverse people from all over the world and seeing so many shows and events taking place. I have loved every minute of it and we have a great team some are like me having been made redundant are looking for a challenge or to keep their CV fresh, others are young people looking for a foothold into the arts sector and there are also a number of retirees. I would recommend anyone, even if you feel you don't currently know a lot about the arts sector to get in touch and try it out."

In return for their time and commitment to the MAC, MACtivists receive on-going skills-based training in a number of areas including gallery navigation, talks and tours, front of house experience and excellent customer service training.

For further information about the MAC and becoming a MACtivist please log onto themaclive.com before the closing date Friday 4th October

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