Volunteering at Woodchester Mansion

We depend on our group of 50+ volunteers to run the Mansion on public Open Days. Volunteers drive the minibuses, welcome visitors and sell tickets, act as tour guides and sell ice-creams, books and gifts from the shop. They also support our catering operation.

Open day volunteers are at the Mansion on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 30 March (Good Friday) until 28 October in 2018. We normally come for a full day 10:30am – 5:15pm, with a lunch break. The rota is flexible – you just sign up for as many days as suit you, either on a regular basis or as convenient, well in advance or at short notice – the choice is yours.

We also have a team of volunteers who work behind the scenes, carrying out the maintenance needed to support the Mansion under the management of Max our Site Services Manager. Tasks are varied and include keeping the grounds tidy, painting and decorating, laying new floors and other woodwork like making picnic benches, and making props for our Halloween celebrations. In 2017, one of the main jobs that our maintenance volunteers have done is to a significant amount of the work needed to make a base for the shed to provide storage and working space for our stonemasonry students.

Maintenance volunteers traditionally come on Mondays, though other days are possible, especially from November to March when the Mansion is closed to the public. Again your commitment can be regular or occasional, to suit your skills and other commitments.   

Our volunteers are a large friendly group of local(ish) people from all walks of life. Volunteering with us enables you to expand your circle of friends as well as learning new skills, and brushing up on old ones. For younger people it can complement experience gained at work and maybe lead to new career opportunities, or create a pathway into employment. For the retired it’s a chance to use your capabilities and experience and help the community. We hold social events for volunteers so it’s not all work.

We give training for all volunteer roles, and you will work alongside a current volunteer until you are confident that you exactly what to do. We don’t leave you unsupported until you say you’re happy to work unassisted.

  • Minibus drivers – must be 25 and have 2 years driving experience
  • Ticket and shop sales – you need to use a till and card machine, but training is given
  • Tour guides – should enjoy architecture and history, be used to talking to groups. We provide guide notes
  • Catering – involves selling prepared food in the servery, clearing up, and manning the dishwasher!
  • Maintenance volunteers – need skills in gardening, DIY, woodwork, digging holes, painting, plumbing….

Please note – we are unable to accept volunteers under 18 unless a parent is prepared to volunteer alongside them.

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