Volunteer at The Workhouse

Volunteer gardeners in The Workhouse garden

At The Workhouse, we have a team of over 200 volunteers and welcome new faces all the time. You will be guaranteed to receive a friendly welcome, a cup of tea and a biscuit! One volunteer describes her experience; 'It's fun, I'm giving something back to the community, we're like a large family.'

Our opportunities

We have a varied range of exciting and engaging roles. From room guiding to visitor services, there is a role to suit every personality at The Workhouse. 

This year we are particularly looking for volunteers for room guiding and within the learning team. Both roles involve re-telling an important part of our history to a captive audience of visitors – both young and old. In doing so it provides an opportunity for you to develop new skills or build on your existing experience.

Room guides

There is no typical day for a room guide as the experience is as varied as our visitors, making it a rewarding and interesting role. With the opening of Firbeck House, the old infirmary to the public in 2019, there is more of this story to be told. Room guides help visitors to enjoy and learn more about the Trust property they are visiting – so playing a key role in making visits inspiring experiences. At The Workhouse, room guides are the first point of contact for our visitors and as such are key in helping people to engage with the property, past and present. They enable visitors to understand the visitor route and the various interpretive tools. 

Workhouse volunteer room guide in discussions with a visitor
Workhouse volunteer room guide in discussions with a visitor
Workhouse volunteer room guide in discussions with a visitor

Learning team volunteers

Learning team volunteers consist of a number of roles (costumed and non-costumed) who deliver educational tours and workshops to schools and colleges. Learning team volunteers may, if they wish, take part in a wide range of events aimed at families too. 

Apply today and we'll arrange for you to visit The Workhouse for a personal tour and a chat with our volunteer recruiter. For more information call 01636 817263 or send us an email.

Learning team volunteer with school group
Learning team volunteer with children from a school group
Learning team volunteer with school group

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