New ways to volunteer here in 2016

A volunteer makes traditional rag rugs outside the Rock Houses

Looking for your next adventure? We'd love to be part of it! And this is an exciting time to be involved at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, as we are finding creative new ways to share our stories in 2016.

What's happening at the Rock Houses this year

We hope to really bring the Rock Houses to life this year with simple hands-on activities that will encourage people to sit down and soak up the atmosphere, and get a sense of what daily life was like. Got a secret talent for making rag rugs that you're itching to show off? Or if you would love to learn a new skill, you could really enjoy coming up with ideas for this role.

Or do you enjoy stretching your legs and have a head for facts? Volunteers will also lead guided tours to show off the dramatic middle level of houses, open to visitors for the first time this year, and lead people around our charming gardens and orchard.

On top of all that, there's now the chance to welcome our visitors right at the start of their journey, with a new reception role that will introduce the whole site and include some memberships sales. You could help raise money for our cause and develop your sales skills, and be proud to be the first point of contact for people coming to the Rock Houses.

With all these exciting new plans, we also need people to just help us open up every day and man the Houses, light the fires and share an anecdote or two. This is especially vital since we will be opening for even more days this year to allow more people than ever to discover these amazing homes. We really value our Rock House volunteers, and your help would be much appreciated.

Other roles at Kinver Edge

If you prefer to be outdoors with muddy boots, there's also opportunities to join in with the Ranger team in the countryside of Kinver Edge, or in the cottage gardens of the Rock Houses.

For people that love working with kids, we have events and education volunteer roles that help deliver funa nd engaging activities for families, all about our wildlife and history.

Lastly, if you're most at home with a good brew and a chit-chat, we have the perfect place for you - serving delicious cakes to our visitors and helping them feel at home as they put their feet up in our quaint garden tea-rooms.

Something for you

There's something for everyone here, and lots that you could get out of joining the team:

  • Be part of planning new ways to share our stories - we love to hear fresh ideas!
  • Have fun sharing your talents, or learning totally new ones
  • Enjoy a right good chat! There's always new people to talk to
  • Develop vital skills for your future, be it in sales, catering, or teaching..or something else!

Get involved

If you're interested in volunteering, or would like to know more about the other roles available here come along to one of our recruitment fairs at the Rock Houses to meet the team and ask any questions:

  • Saturday 12 March, 11am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 16 March, 11am - 1pm
  • Thursday 24 March, 1pm - 4pm

You can also get in touch any time to arrange a chat on 01384 872553 or kinveredge@nationaltrust.org.uk

Volunteers often toast bread over the Rock House ranges
A volunteer toasting bread over the Rock House range
Volunteers often toast bread over the Rock House ranges

Upcoming events

Den building

Wed 25 Jul 2018
11:00-13:00
Use branches and leaves to build a sturdy shelter with top tips from our Ranger. Will you get creative and turn your den into a fort or design a garden for your woodland palace?

The Big Balsam Bash

Sat 04 Aug 2018
14:00-16:00
Fancy having a go at bashing some balsam on Kinver Edge this summer? Then why not bring the family along and get bashing this invasive plant, whilst helping to look after our special place.

Ramble with the Ranger

Thu 20 Sep 2018
10:00-13:00
Enjoy a guided ramble with our Ranger, and get a greater understanding of the wildlife and history of Kinver Edge.

Apple Weekend

Sat 20 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Celebrate Autumn this year at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses with Apple Weekend.

Willow Lantern Making

Mon 29 Oct 2018
11:00-11:45
Join us in celebrating Hallowe'en this year by making a willow lantern.

Christmas at the Rock Houses

Sat 01 Dec 2018
11:00-15:00
Celebrate Christmas this year at the Rock Houses by visiting father Christmas in cave grotto