Ways to get involved
Each year over 150 volunteers donate their time, energy and skills to help us at Chirk Castle - from driving the minibus to keeping our gardens immaculate. Here are some of the ways volunteers help us to make Chirk Castle special.
Volunteer roles at Chirk Castle
Our team of volunteers in the House is essential in allowing us to open Chirk Castle to the public, and to care for its architecture and collections. They are also a fundamental part of the visitor experience on site, putting the rooms and collection into context for our visitors, and helping each person to discover something new at Chirk Castle on every visit.
Some of our visitors are daunted by the steep walk up to Chirk Castle, and this is where our team of volunteer minibus drivers comes in. With their help we are able to offer a courtesy minibus service from the Ticket Office to the castle, an invaluable service that is highly valued by less mobile visitors.
With over 480 acres of estate to manage, our three full-time rangers need all the help they can get. Our volunteer rangers assist with all aspects of countryside management tasks, working within and alongside the ranger team, in a variety of activities, including planning and conducting woodland walks, wildflower studies and talks, craft activities and outdoor events.
Our team of garden volunteers works throughout the diverse gardens at Chirk Castle. From formal planting, to working in the Pleasure Ground Wood, or from the rose garden to growing vegetables in the Kitchen Garden there's always something to do.
Our costumed garrison really bring the castle to life for our visitors. Mainly based around the medieval period our volunteers help visitors to try on our arms and armour, demonstrate medieval life and relate the history of Chirk Castle as a fortress.
Our learning programme provides a fantastic resource to local schools and slots are often booked up many months in advance. Our learning volunteers support the valuable work of the learning team in making the history of the castle fun and accessible to school visits, and passing on our love of history to the next generation.
It can be quite intimidating for visitors coming to any heritage property, with so much to learn and discover sometimes it's difficult to learn where to start. This is where our volunteer tour guides are so valued. They are able to give our visitors the stories and history of Chirk Castle in a way that is memorable, entertaining and fun.
For many visitors a stop at the gift shop to pick up a souvenir of their day is an unmissable part of their visit. Without our team of shop volunteers we wouldn't be able to offer the fantastic retail experience that we currently have.
Meet and greet
For our 130,000 visitors each year a great visit starts as soon as they arrive, and doesn't stop until they are on their way home. Our meet-and-greet volunteers are an essential part of this warm welcome and also in helping visitors to orientate themselves on site.
Keeping Chirk Castle running and open to the public is a big job, and with limited staff we rely on our team of Admin. volunteers and their invaluable assistance. Whether it is taking photos for our image library, performing volunteer inductions, taking visitor phone calls, managing our social medial channels, or any of the many other ways they assist, we could not provide the service we do without them.
This is just a small sample of the job roles available, we have volunteering roles to suit all requirements and time commitments. Please contact us for more information.
How else can I help?
Perhaps you are part of a group or have a team of colleagues who would like to volunteer for the day? We have a range of short projects / conservation tasks perfect for a team-building day, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are developing our links with the local community and are keen to get involved in community projects and activities, please get in touch if you are part of a group and would like to work together. We have recently been working on a community kitchen garden project which has proved very fruitful!
Make a donation or a gift in your will specifically to Chirk castle, it could even be allocated to particular areas of our valuable work.
Find out more at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/get-involved
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