If you’re looking for an interesting way to spend a few spare hours each week or fortnight this year, volunteering for the National Trust could be the answer.
Volunteers play a crucial part in helping visitors get the most out of their time here at Wordsworth House and Garden and in the countryside around Derwentwater, and we need more people of all ages to join the team.
If you’re retired or recently moved to the area, volunteering is a great way to widen your horizons. And if you’re keen to return to paid employment, to transfer into the heritage sector or get some broad-based work experience, it’ll be an invaluable addition to your CV.
You don’t need any special skills or knowledge to get involved at poet William’s childhood home. We provide full training and support – all you require is a friendly, chatty manner and to like meeting people.
If you enjoy spending time outdoors in beautiful places, and you’re a dab hand with an open fire, we also also need more helpers to take turns staffing the former Bark House Mountain Base in Borrowdale as a pop-up visitor centre.
Volunteers have spent the last year opening the stone bothy at Ashness Bridge, lighting the fire, saying “muddy boots welcome” and answering people’s queries about directions and walks in the area.
We’re holding events in Cockermouth and Keswick for anyone who’d like to find out more.
Drop into Cockermouth Library, on Main Street, on Tuesday 2 or Saturday 6 February between 9.30am and 12.30pm for a chat.
Or you can meet the National Trust team at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake on Thursday 11 or Saturday 13 February any time between 10am and 1pm.