Volunteer opportunities at Rosedene
Rosedene was part of a larger Chartist settlement in Dodford, in which around 40 plots were built to resettle those from industrial towns to a self-sufficient life in the countryside. Rich with vibrant stories from the past, volunteers can share this history of Rosedene with visitors.
Join the team
Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn new skills, make friends, expand your knowledge, and be part of an enthusiastic team, all while enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of Rosedene.
Tour guides at Rosedene tell a variety of stories from the property, originally named Rose Cottage. Rosedene was part of a larger Chartist settlement – and of wider male suffrage movement, which fought against political corruption and stood for democracy in an industrial society.
Rosedene hope to restart tours again in 2023. Volunteers who are friendly and approachable, with an interest and a passion for this special place are welcome. Next year, the property will only require tour guides, so do get in touch if you think this might be for you.
Benefits of volunteering
In exchange for your time, National Trust offers training and the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, plus a volunteer card offering free access to properties. Volunteers also get a 20% discount in National Trust shops and catering outlets (subject to conditions). You will also get National Trust clothing for use when on duty where required, and free refreshments when on duty.
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.
Discover more about Rosedene, a small cottage built as part of the Great Dodford Chartist settlement in the mid-19th-century, and the people who lived there.
Discover more about the kitchen garden at Rosedene, carefully restored to reflect the self-sufficient ways of the first Chartist residents.
There are hundreds of different ways you can volunteer for the National Trust at historic houses, in the gardens or at the many coastal and countryside landscapes we care for.