Volunteer stories from the English Riviera

If you're thinking about volunteering, taking a look at some stories from the volunteers themselves may help to provide an insight into what it's like at the National Trust places in the English Riviera.

Volunteer Nick in the garden at Greenway

A day in the life of Nick

Nick volunteers in the house and Boathouse at Greenway, and he also helps out with events and leads talks and tours. He's taken the time to share what volunteering is like for him.

The dining room at Coleton Fishacre near Kingswear in Devon

A day in the life of Judith

Judith Mills began volunteering through her interest in Gilbert and Sullivan. She tells us all about her experiences as a room guide, sharing her passion for the operettas and the family behind the Gilbert and Sullivan Company.

Volunteer Bob Hopper at Compton Castle

A day in the life of Bob

A great team of volunteers help to keep Compton Castle ticking like clockwork. Volunteer gardener Bob gives us an insight into the well-oiled machine, and shares what he enjoys the most.

The Great Hall at Bradley Manor

A day in the life of Sue

Sue, a room guide volunteer, started in April 2016 after she moved to the area. She shares why she began volunteering and what it is like for her.

Coleton Fishacre vintage DJ volunteer James playing a record on a gramaphone

A day in the life of James

At Coleton Fishacre the volunteers bring the house to life in lots of different ways. Vintage DJ James plays music from the 1920s and 1940s on a gramophone made in the 1940s. He shares some stories about his experience volunteering at as the only Vintage DJ volunteer in the National Trust.