Volunteer in Grasmere

Volunteer in the garden 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 volunteering opportunities in Grasmere, whatever your interests and time availability. Whether you can imagine yourself doing some baking, welcoming visitors at Allan Bank or turning your hand to leading craft workshops, 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

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.

New for 2016 is Church Stile Studio. The Studio is adjacent to the shop, and we plan to open this lovely little space to the public as our information point, helping visitors to find out what they can do in Grasmere and the surrounding area. It will also house a second-hand bookshop and be a home for creative workshops, helping us to raise even more funds for our vital conservation work.

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.

Studio Creative Workshop Co-ordinator       

Managing all aspects of the creative workshops, this role will work with guest artists, craft leaders and co-ordinating volunteers and visitors using the space.

Garden Volunteer

This role will help wonderful Church Stile to look at its floral best in the heart of the village whilst maintaining plant sales stock.

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

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, writing on the walls about the feelings the place evokes, they have become part of the Allan Bank story along with Canon Rawnsley and Wordsworth.

It wouldn’t be possible for us to provide this warm, relaxed experience without the support of our dedicated volunteers and for 2016 we have plenty of different ways for volunteers to get involved:

Cafe Volunteer

This role involves dealing with our customers to serve food and drink and clearing tables.  You will be enthusiastic and flexible whilst making a regular commitment to the café rota.

Visitor Welcome / Reception Volunteer

This role involves welcoming visitors and answering questions whilst handling cash and record keeping.  You will possess good communication skills to aid the visitor experience and encourage people to join the Trust.

Baking Volunteer

This role is similar to the café assistant but will involve baking and preparing homemade cakes and scones and preparing fresh snacks.

Collections Care & Engagement Volunteer

This role will provide supervised access to the library to enrich the visitor experience.  Room cleaning and dusting will also be involved.

Craft Volunteer

The craft volunteer will be involved with sourcing materials and preparing for craft days by offering workshop ideas and helping to plan events.  Engaging visitors and leading creative workshops.

Garden Volunteer

The person filling this role will help the garden team with practical tasks whilst looking after garden machinery and equipment.   You will be a friendly face to visitors and will help with projects like new planting.

Visitor Experience Volunteer

This role will support the visitor offer at Allan Bank by helping bring our stories to life, if you are happy speaking to groups why not come and join the team to read aloud and share the letters of Beatrix Potter and Canon Rawnsley for 2016.

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator will support the recruitment, management and experience of volunteers by helping with administration, including processing applications and updating the volunteer database.

Welcome Volunteer

This role will be involved in providing a warm welcome for visitors to help people feel at home and understand all they can do while they are at Allan bank.

Head to our volunteer pages to get more details and apply for a volunteer role.