Volunteering at Attingham

Beekepers collecting honey from a hive at Attingham Park.

Attingham wouldn't be the same without our team of enthusiastic volunteers. Whether based indoors our outdoors, welcoming visitors to the Mansion, helping with administration, or harvesting our fruit and vegetables, our volunteers help conserve and enhance this special place for everyone to enjoy.

Attingham is currently open for prebooked visits to the outdoors in line with government guidance. We're continuing to work on safely bringing back our exisiting volunteers, to volunteer at Attingham and aren't recruiting for new volunteers at the current time.

Although we aren't recruiting for new volunteers now, this page provides an introduction to some of the volunteering that is currently taking place at Attingham. This page will be updated once we are in a position to welcome applications again.

Since the summer of 2020 we have been finding new ways for our volunteers to continue to volunteer with us, whether that's in a Covid safe way on site, or from home. We've also been working with organisations in the local community.
 

Volunteers help with our work across the estate, inside and out.
Volunteer gardeners in the Walled Garden at Attingham
Volunteers help with our work across the estate, inside and out.

Volunteering here on the estate

To keep everyone safe while working and volunteering at Attingham we have had to re-look at our volunteering roles. This means that we have had to reduce the number of volunteers we can welcome on site at one time, teams can no longer share equipment as they would have done prior to 2020, and we have some roles that cannot be carried out safely and are on hold for the current time. 

Attingham volunteer Jenny demonstrating 1920s cooking in the Mansion Kitchen
Attingham volunteer demonstrating 1920s cooking in the kitchen at Attingham Park
Attingham volunteer Jenny demonstrating 1920s cooking in the Mansion Kitchen


We are really pleased to have been able to welcome back around a third of our volunteers to physically volunteering on the estate, and continue to work towards bringing more volunteers back, provided we can do so safely. 

We are not recruiting for new volunteers at this time, instead we are working to bring back as many of our existing volunteers as possible, though this may be in a different role. 
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers, those who have been able to return, those still waiting to return, and those who had applied prior to the pandemic and have not been able to start with us. Thank you for your patience and support during these times. 
 

Volunteering from home

While our volunteers have been keeping safe at home over the past year, we have found a few new ways for them to volunteer with us while they are at home. Some have been helping us out with research, knitting woollen animals for the annual autumn Woollen Woods display, undergoing training ready for when they return, and most recently sewing bunting triangles that were used to decorate the site during snowdrop season. 
 

Knitted animals on display for Attingham's Woollen Woods.
Woollen creatures on display for Attingham's Woollen Woods
Knitted animals on display for Attingham's Woollen Woods.

Community partnerships

Shrewsbury Town in the Community

We have been working with the Health and Wellbeing Team at Shrewsbury Town in the Community to support their work with people feeling isolated within the community. During 2021, once government guidance allow we will be pleased to welcome back a support group for members of the community who feel isolated.

Bee-ing busy bees with Morris Care residents 

Residents from three local Morris Care nursing and care homes have been busy crafting knitted bees that will be part of the decorations for the Easter Adventures in Nature trail at Attingham.

Residents from Morris Care's Isle Court care home crafting bees.
Woollen bees being knitted.
Residents from Morris Care's Isle Court care home crafting bees.

During February and March Morris Care residents have been busy bees creating around 100 of the fluffy creatures that will hang in an area of the woodland along the Mile Walk, and form part of one of the trail points.

The residents and Morris Care supporters have been casting on from the comfort of where they live, and we hope all those involved will be able to come and see their creations on display, when restrictions allow. 

" Our residents have really enjoyed making the bees for the spring trail at Attingham. We can’t wait to see them in their new environment and hopefully bring our residents to see them on a beautiful spring day. "
- Sarah Main, Social Life Co-ordinator, Radbrook Nursing Home.

More information about volunteering at Attingham 

What volunteer roles are there at Attingham?

Prior to the impact of Covid-19 there were over 60 different volunteering roles across the Attingham Estate. With the variety of roles available we hope there’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved with volunteering at Attingham, to:
•    Embark on a new adventure, do something different
•    Share your skills and knowledge and discover our stories and history
•    Meet new people and become part of our team
•    Learn new skills for the future

Where to find information about volunteer roles when we are recruiting:

There's three easy steps to see what roles are available, and to apply.
1.    Search our current volunteering opportunities online using the button below
2.    Find your perfect role
3.    Fill in the application form

We’ll then be in touch to arrange a time and date to discuss volunteering and the role in more detail. Before you begin you will take part in our staff and volunteer induction process.

Volunteering Information Drop In Sessions

Prior to the impact of Covid-19 we held regular Volunteering Information Sessions throughout the year, for potential volunteers to drop in and find out more. These are currently postponed while we focus our efforts on dealing with the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.

How to contact us

If you have any queries that aren't anwered on this page please email join-in-attingham@nationaltrust.org.uk  or call 01743 708124.