Making new friends, working in amazing places and knowing that you're helping a great cause - three fabulous reasons to get volunteering

 Volunteer teaching visitors how to make traditional mince pies in the kitchen at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Christmas fun around the tree at Dunster Castle

12 reasons to thank you at Christmas 

Christmas is a great time to give thanks for all that has happened, reflect on the year that has passed and feel inspired and renewed for the year ahead. We've got so many reasons to thank you for your support, but here are 12 of the biggest.

Seasonal volunteering

Volunteers help to create Cotehele's famous Christmas Garland

Be part of an incredible team 

It's the skills, time and passion of our volunteers that make our places special. Whether you're looking to help in the great outdoors, connect with the public or get up close and personal with our houses, we have something exciting happening near you.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to over 61,000 volunteers, who in 2017/18 gave more than 4.6 million hours of their time to support the National Trust in more than 500 roles.

Hear from our volunteers

Young volunteers talking to a visitor

Meet more volunteers 

Get to know the volunteers that give up their time to care for our places in this round-up of our volunteer articles and profiles.

Volunteers in the Walled Garden at Penrose, Cornwall

Volunteering events near you 

Want to try out volunteering to see what it's like? Drop in to one of our volunteer open days or trial activities at a place near you.

Interested? Learn more...

Working holiday participants at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Working holidays 

On your next holiday why not try something different? From digging at a real life archaeological site to building walls and helping out behind the scene at one of our houses, you can try all sorts of activities and learn new skills.

Volunteer Management Traineeship 

Read more about our Volunteer Management Traineeship project, along with hints and tips from the team involved.