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 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.

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

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 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:

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.

Events Assistant Volunteer

Support our programme of spring and summer events and help to make every visitors day memorable. There’s nothing like a fun day out, and Events Assistants help us to make them happen at Allan Bank.

Reader Volunteer

This autumn and winter we plan to run a series of talks / readings on the topic of Hardwicke Rawnsley and his involvement in the formation of the National Trust.  We need volunteers to help to bring the story to life. The readings will take place every Friday from the 15th September until the 15 December from 2.00pm. This is not a pre booked event or a formal performance but will enhance the visitors experience of Allan Bank and help make the story of Hardwicke Rawnsley’ s role in the foundation of the National Trust come to life. We ask each volunteer to take part in at least three dates.

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.

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.

Visitor Experience Volunteer

If you’re as passionate about places as we are, you’ll know how it feels to want to share that. Our Visitor Experience volunteers share true stories that can make people laugh or gasp or think differently about what makes Allan Bank special.

Find your volunteer opportunity.