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Volunteer at The Firs

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

We simply wouldn't be able to look after The Firs and create wonderful experiences for our visitors without the amazing people who give their time to volunteer.

Ways to volunteer at The Firs

The Firs is open Friday to Monday and there are opportunities to volunteer in the cottage, bringing stories of Edward Elgar to life. Also, to get involved in greeting visitors and helping them get the most out of their visit.

We appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different. We are keen to find ways to involve volunteers in as many ways as possible, including flexible opportunities to fit around other commitments.

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.

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

Volunteering Charter

You can read the Volunteering Charter to find out more about what volunteers can expect from their experience and what we ask of our volunteers. Created for, and by, volunteers and staff, it includes a practical guide for volunteers and volunteer managers, along with information on our commitment to volunteering.

How to become a volunteer at The Firs

Please check the join-in page for a list of our current volunteer opportunities at Croome or complete an expression of interest form, and we’ll be in touch.

You can also email

We also look after Croome, near Pershore. You can also search for the current opportunities there on the join-in page.

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