Find out about volunteering at Cotehele

A volunteer talks to school children in the Tudor great hall at Cotehele, Cornwall

If your New Year’s resolutions are to make new friends and help a great cause, you’ll want to go along to a volunteer recruitment day at Cotehele on Wednesday 15 January, from 11am to 3pm.

Cotehele volunteers help look after the house, garden, countryside and mill. At the volunteer open day, you’ll be able to meet some of the staff and have tea, cake and a chat about volunteering opportunities. It’s free and there’s no need to book.

‘Our volunteers are very precious to us. We could not open our doors without them,’ says Rich Burrow, Visitor Experience Manager at the National Trust estate near Saltash.

There are roles available in pretty much every part of the property, from room guides to help welcome visitors into the house, volunteers at the mill as bakers, or welcomers, drivers for the shuttle bus to and from the quay and sales help in the gallery and plant centre or on reception. There are also opportunities to help run events for children in school holidays and at weekends and to welcome visitors onto the 120 year old Tamar sailing barge Shamrock.

‘Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience,’ continues Rich. ‘You get to meet a whole new set of friends and become involved in the day to day running of Cotehele, whilst picking up new skills and having fun. There are other perks too like social events, discounts in the shop and restaurants and free entry to National Trust places around the UK.’

The Volunteer Open Day is at Cotehele on Wednesday 15 January. There's no need to book and entry is free and with no obligation, so why not come along and find out more?

Children arriving at the house at Cotehele, Cornwall

Join the team at Cotehele 

The volunteering opportunities at Cotehele are as varied as the individuals who carry them out. You could work the cloam oven, mill the flour, promote local artists, drive a bus, delve into history and all while meeting new people and having fun.