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Volunteer at The Firs

Three volunteers pruning roses in the garden
Volunteers pruning roses | © National Trust Images / James Dobson

This special place exists because of the enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers. You don’t need to be an Elgar expert to thrive here. Find out about the different ways you could get involved at The Firs as a volunteer, and how to get in touch.


There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities at The Firs. They include:

  • Welcoming visitors at reception with a friendly smile and helping the team to exceed our visitors’ expectations, every time, and for everyone.
  • Helping keep the cottage garden a riot of colour.
  • Helping in the tea-room, serving light lunches and afternoon teas.
  • If you’re a spreadsheet wizard, helping out with the many admin and clerical jobs that always need doing.
  • Our House Experience Volunteers add the sparkle to any visit – giving everyone a warm welcome, bringing stories of Elgar to life and helping people get the best out of their day.
  • Welcoming coach parties and helping them enjoy the Elgar experience.

We are currently recruiting for volunteers at The Firs, to find out what roles we have available click this link and search for Worcester

We need you

The National Trust would not survive without its volunteers. We need people who can:

  • Love places: helping to look after them for everyone, for ever; looking for ways to bring places to life for others; being an ambassador for the place where you volunteer.
  • Share our common purpose: working collaboratively; accepting collective responsibility; keeping things simple for yourself and others.
  • Inspire people: being energetic and working at pace; sharing your knowledge; engaging with a wide range of people.
  • Think long-term: always looking at the bigger picture; looking for ways to work more efficiently; seeking best value for money.

Reasons to volunteer

You may volunteer with the National Trust because of a love of special places, or because you support our values and behaviours. But there are all sorts of other reasons:

  • Friendship: volunteering is a great way of making new friends and meeting more like-minded people.
  • Learning new skills: how about learning about gardening or working in a restaurant?
  • Developing new interests: maybe you’ve always wanted to become an expert at cleaning 18th-century metalwork – well now’s your chance.
  • Belonging: feeling as though your part of something much bigger than you, doing something completely different, and getting away from life’s routines.
A group of visitors are standing in the Kitchen at The Firs while listening to a tour guide
A volunteer guide with a group of visitors in the Kitchen at The Firs | © National Trust Image / Trever Ray Hart

What next?

We want to help our volunteers to reach their full potential. You will work closely with, and be supported by, staff and other volunteers to achieve this. We’ll give you all thee training you need when necessary. All we ask is a regular commitment from you (ideally a day a week but could be more or less) and a willingness to uphold our values.

Get in touch about volunteering at The Firs

Call us on 01905 333 330 for an initial chat about how you can become part of this fantastic team, or email You can also apply online by following the link at the bottom of this page.

Want to meet more like-minded people?

Join in at a National Trust Centre; social groups of National Trust members that promote the work of its local National Trust places with lots of events to raise money and enjoy good company.

Local centres include Worcester and Malvern and Cheltenham and Gloucester.

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