Visitor Reception volunteer, Anglesey Abbey
How long have you been volunteering with the National Trust?
It’s been an interesting three years since I started volunteering at Anglesey Abbey. I’ve learnt some new skills, honed some that I hadn’t used in recent years, and made new friends.
What do you do at Anglesey Abbey?
I work with the Craft Group on a Monday and I can now knit animals and birds, decorate sticks, make dahlias out of card and pistachio shells (I knew I was keeping them for something!) and I have made Christmas decorations for the tables in the restaurant.
For two seasons I worked as an Encounters Volunteer in the Domestic Wing of the house, which gave me a different perspective on the property. This was as enjoyable for me as it was for our visitors - I particulary enjoyed talking to older visitors who remembered the 1960s style kitchen from their younger days, and the positive comments I got about the way our baking brought the kitchen to life.
And then there’s the ad hoc volunteering for things like Winter Lights, Mills Weekend and other events such as the 50 years anniversary last year. As an inveterate Committee person I also joined the Members’ Club Committee last year and helped organise last year’s Christmas meal.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering for the National Trust?
The good thing about volunteering is that you can try new things, and you can commit as much or as little time as you’re able. The support of fellow volunteers, staff and managers is something I really appreciate. I always look forward to my Fridays on reception, and that “Monday morning” feeling is now always a positive one.