Volunteer in Grasmere

Staff and volunteers at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Working in amazing places, meeting new people and knowing that you’re helping a great cause are all good reasons to volunteer with us. We have plenty of volunteering opportunities in Grasmere, whatever your interests and time availability. Whether you can imagine yourself welcoming visitors or turning your hand to leading craft workshops at Allan Bank, or producing firewood we have some great roles for you.

Join the team at Church Stile Shop

Head to our shop in Grasmere for local gifts, books and maps
The front of the National Trust gift shop in Grasmere
Head to our shop in Grasmere for local gifts, books and maps

This historic Grade 2 listed building, which first appears in written records in the 17th century, was once the parish guild house for Grasmere. Now a charming gift shop in the heart of Grasmere village, we welcome thousands of visitors per year. The core purpose of our shop is to fund and support the conservation work delivered by our wonderful Ranger team here in the Lakes.

If you like meeting people and would be interested in supporting this important work one of these volunteer opportunities could be just right for you:

Church Stile Shop General Retail Volunteer 

This role actively supports the core work of the shop, using the till and PDQ machine to help customers make purchases - full training will be given.

Shop Delivery Volunteer

This role may be combined with that of general retail volunteer role but is specifically required to process Central deliveries fortnightly (weekly in high season). The role involves unpacking, checking and pricing goods but does not require front of house work.

Church Stile Studio Welcome Volunteer

This role helps visitors to Church Stile get the most out of their visit to Grasmere - but will not be operating tills and PDQ machines.

Find your volunteer opportunity.

Join the team at Allan Bank    

A Georgian gem with some of the best views you can imagine
A view of Allan Bank from the outside
A Georgian gem with some of the best views you can imagine

Only partially restored and decorated, Allan Bank isn’t a typical National Trust experience. At Allan Bank we offer our visitors a homely, relaxed and warmly welcoming experience, coupled with the freedom to get involved and be creative. Around 40,000 visitors come each year for a slice of everyone’s dream of having their own home in the heart of the Lakes. Our visitors have become guests and interact with the place,they have become part of the Allan Bank story along with Canon Rawnsley and William Wordsworth.

It wouldn’t be possible for us to provide this warm, relaxed experience without the support of our dedicated volunteers and for 2018 we have plenty of different ways for volunteers to get involved:

Creative Crafts Volunteer

If you’re a creative thinker and you like to make things, we need support creating vibrant and engaging craft workshops in our new craft room & studio.

Activities Assistant

Fancy helping our visitors have a great day out? Are you a wiz at trails and tales? There’s nothing like a fun day out, and Activities Assistants help us to make them happen at Allan Bank.

Garden Volunteer

If you love gardens as much as we do then you’ll know they need a lot of care and attention. Volunteer gardeners do practical work to help bring the Allan Bank garden back to life.

Butler’s Pantry Visitor Experience Assistant

Help us give a warm welcome at Allan Bank. Visitor Experience Assistants understand the importance of a little sit-down, and help visitors to relax and refuel during their visit.

Roving Visitor Welcome Volunteer

Supporting our Visitor Experience team to ensure visitors to Allan Bank have a fun, relaxing and very enjoyable visit. Visitor Welcome volunteers are multi-tasking superstars who can brighten up even the rainiest day!

Firewood Volunteer

As part of our sustainable woodland management we will be producing firewood at Allan Bank and High Close to help fuel local National Trust properties. Come and help process firewood and take part in other woodland management tasks.

Find your volunteer opportunity.