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Volunteer opportunities at Lyveden

Man pointing at a map outside a Shepherds Hut
Volunteer welcoming visitors outside the Shepherds Hut | © National Trust/Annapurna Mellor

An intriguing Elizabethan lodge and moated garden, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age. Join the volunteer team helping to bring Lyveden to life in the new onsite facilities and transforming the visitor experience. Find out more about how you can join the team and play your part.

Join our team

There are lots of new volunteer roles to get involved with, whether you’ve got lots of time or a little, there are opportunities to suit everyone. Volunteering is a great way to gain confidence, meet new people and develop your skills.

'In quiet times, listening to the birds or watching the red kites and gliders soar overhead. In busy times, meeting and chatting to interesting people. All this whilst knowing you are helping the conservation of a part of our countryside and history so that the area will not be lost to modern developments.'

- Sheila, welcome volunteer

Ways to volunteer at Lyveden

Volunteers support in all aspects of caring for and opening Lyveden, as well as helping visitors to have an inspiring and enjoyable day. Here’s a sample of the various roles volunteers are currently enjoying:

  • Meet & Greet

  • Food & Beverage volunteer

  • Visitor Experience engagement

  • Ranger

  • Gardener

  • Administration

  • Photography

If any of the above sounds like you, please get in touch and share your skills.

Other ways to get involved

As well as regular volunteering there are also opportunities to get involved through internships, work experience and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Join a local supporter group

If you are interested in making the most of the National Trust near you then you can join your local supporter group. They are great places to enjoy special interest talks, local walks, coach outings and other social and fundraising events, while also supporting the work of the National Trust in your area.

Lyveden’s local supporter groups are:

  • East Northamptonshire Association

  • Leicester Association

  • Northampton Association

Visit the regional supporter group page to find out more about the work of supporter groups in the area and how to join.

Get in touch about Volunteering at Lyveden

Interested in finding out more about volunteering at Lyveden? Call the team on 01832 205259 or email to find out more.

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