Building a Career: Let's Volunteer

A Working Holiday volunteer after a hard day clearing scrub

Whether you'd like to gain great customer service in the tearoom, help people have a memorable visit or support behind the scenes, volunteering with the National Trust looks great on your CV.

With over 25,000 visitors expected through Stoneywell's doors this year, we're looking for passionate, enthusiastic individuals to join our team this summer, to help us create memorable experiences for all of our visitors and raise vital funds to enable us to continue our conservation work in the cottage, garden and woodland. We've got lots opportunities over the busy summer weeks and, if you get the volunteering bug, we can offer you flexible roles to fit around your studies.

At Stoneywell we have a range of roles available, including:

  • Car park assistants
  • Sales and fundraising volunteers
  • Hosts
  • Tearoom assistants
  • Admin volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to support with these roles and more; however, many members of the team help in several roles - great for those who thrive from a challenge and want to find themselves in the midst of all the action! There may also be other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.

So what's in it for you?

As a volunteer at Stoneywell you will have the opportunity to:

  • Become a vital part of a friendly and dedicated team.
  • Meet people from all walks of life and make new friends.
  • Enjoy new experiences and learn new skills.
  • Build your knowledge and understanding of working in a customer-facing, non-for-profit organisation - just don't forget to add it to your CV!

But don't take it from us - our young volunteers are only too keen to share with us their experiences as part of the Stoneywell team! At fifteen Ruth, for example, volunteers in the tearoom when she's not at school. When asked whether she would recommend volunteering, Ruth replied: 'Yes - I love talking to people older than myself and I enjoy lots of witty banter in the tearoom. Being a volunteer is fun because I get to learn new skills and work with wonderful, talented people.'

A young volunteer serves freshly baked cake in the tearoom at Stoneywell, Leicestershire
" I like being a volunteer at Stoneywell because I get to practice new skills I've learnt in situations other than school. By being a volunteer my confidence has improved because I have to talk to strangers. The reason I decided to become a volunteer was so that I could see what happens in the real world and volunteering for a charity is a great thing to put on your CV."
- Zoe Guy, Learing Assistant volunteer at Stoneywell

As well as volunteering being a productive and fun way to spend the summer (after all, what's not to like about a place with a ready supply of freshly baked cakes!), you'll also be making a huge difference to Stoneywell - from helping to create a fantastic and memorable visitor experience (for all the right reasons) to supporting us in our ongoing work as a conservation charity.

A young volunteer helps a family in a crafty activity at Stoneywell, Leicestershire
" I started volunteering as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. One key part of it is to volunteer and I wanted a worthwhile cause to volunteer for. Stoneywell is special to me because everyone who comes to visit has a lovely time and when they come in for refreshments, I can tell that they're enjoying their visit."
- Toby Booty, Catering Assistant volunteer at Stoneywell

Can volunteering open the door for a paid job?

Absolutely - just ask Abi! When you arrive at Stoneywell for a visit, you might meet Abi in the Stables - she'll be the one checking membership cards and booking you on to a tour of the cottage. Abi began volunteering after graduating from university, knowing that she wanted a career in the heritage industry but unsure what role would be right for her.

" Volunteering has helped me gain a whole load of experience and has already led me to a number of employed roles, from catering to conservation. So, out of volunteering, I have formed a great foundation for my career."
- Abi Whitlock, Visitor Experience Assistant at Stoneywell

Is volunteering right for you?

Our student volunteers have joined the team for a variety of reasons - some have been looking to learn new skills in order to be successful in future job applications, while others volunteer at Stoneywell as part of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Volunteering at Stoneywell will suit people who are:

  • Full of enthusiasm and confident in approaching people. If you're shy, don't worry - we can help to build your confidence too.
  • Have good time management skills, are up for a challenge and like to reach a target - it's not always easy, but you won't mind that!
  • Someone who enjoys working as part of a team.
  • Friendly and ready to answer questions - you never know what you'll be asked!
Visitors finding out more with a National Trust room guide

So, if this has whetted your appetite and you're excited to get involved - why not get in touch or register your interest online? After all - as Beth, one of our student catering and admin volunteers tells us - 'don't be nervous, just get stuck in!'