In 2020 the National Trust will celebrate 125 years since it was formed. It has grown into the UK’s largest charity looking after and caring for some of the UK’s leading historic places, sites and areas of beautiful countryside.
The National Trust like a lot of charities is supported by dedicated volunteers who are the lifeblood of our organisation.
Volunteers support and immerse themselves into many of our roles which vary from site to site, including:
• Schools programme
• Tour guiding
• Taking bookings
• Greeting guests
• Pilots (yes, pilots)
• Bee keepers (and yes, bee keepers)
For us volunteers are essential in every aspect of our work and the volunteer journey we offer is one that we try to ensure is meaningful, enjoyable, rewarding and of mutual benefit to our volunteers as well as our organisation.
In case you don’t know already, volunteering can be immensely self-gratifying (just ask anyone who volunteers).
“I volunteered on the summer challenge and the week was intense but lots of fun. I hope to become the back to backs youngest volunteer tour guide after the end of programme” Abu Syddek (young volunteer)
By becoming a volunteer for one of our sites you will have the opportunity to:
- Try something new (expand your horizons)
- Gain new skills or build on existing ones
- Make new friends / increase your social circle
- Have fun whilst helping preserve important history which otherwise might be at risk at being lost
If you think you might not fit in at the National Trust, or you might not enjoy what volunteering opportunities we have, well let me try and persuade you otherwise. Our strapline is Everyone Welcome and if you still don’t believe it then why not come along to one of our information sessions and meet some of our staff and volunteers to make up your own mind. What have you got to lose?
The volunteer information sessions take place in Birmingham on the following dates:
Wednesday 15th January
• Session 1 – 17.00 – 18.00
• Session 2 – 18.00 – 19.00
Saturday 25th Jan
• Session 1 – 10.00 – 11.00
• Session 2 – 11.00 – 12.00
Please reserve your space by emailing Muks Miah, Volunteering & Community Involvement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org