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We need your help!

25 Jan

Join us for a cuppa and find out more about volunteering

The National Trust is looking for people to donate their time and skills at Wordsworth House and Garden, in Cockermouth, where I live, and in the North Lakes countryside.

The Trust cares for over 20 per cent of the Lake District National Park together with many beautiful houses and gardens. As well as helping a fantastic cause, volunteering is a great way to make new friends or broaden a CV.

Zoe Gilbert, Visitor Experience Manager at poet William Wordsworth’s childhood home, said: “As a charity, we’re entirely dependent on the generosity of our members and supporters for everything we do.

“We wouldn’t be able to open the doors each day without our wonderful volunteers to welcome and chat to visitors, lead tours, assist in the café and garden, and ensure everyone has the best possible visit.”

No special knowledge or abilities are needed. Zoe explained: “We’re looking for people with a warm, friendly manner. You don’t have to be a history buff or poetry expert, although either would be a bonus. If you’re a pianist and would like to play our harpsichord, that would be great too.”

Meanwhile, the North Lakes outdoors team is seeking people to meet visitors from all over the world and share their love of the Lake District at Bark House Mountain Base at Ashness Bridge, near Keswick.

Helpers are also needed to welcome people and chauffeur them by Land Rover on the off-road track to Force Crag Mine on five open days each year, and to walk high-use paths in Borrowdale, noting any large repair or maintenance jobs and fixing small problems with a bit of DIY.

There are vacancies for people with research experience to work on plans for commemorating the end of the First World War and the Great Gable war memorial, and there is a three-month internship for someone keen to build a career in heritage management, arts and tourism.

Anyone who can spare a few hours on a weekly or even monthly basis can call into Wordsworth House for coffee and a chat on Saturday 4 February between 9am and 1pm or on Tuesday 7 February any time from 1pm to 4pm. Alternatively, email wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk.

For more details of countryside volunteering, drop into Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake on Saturday 11 or Thursday 16 February between 10am and 1pm, or apply at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer.

Wordsworth House and Garden is is open Saturday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm (last entry 4pm), from 11 March to 29 October. Find out more at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house.


Drop in and find out about volunteering

14 Jan

Volunteering at Wordsworth HouseIf 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.

Come and join us!

25 Nov
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Get involved: we’re looking for volunteers to help our visitors feel at home

The last visitors of the year have been and gone, but there’s still plenty going on at Wordsworth House and Garden.

Over the winter, our expert builders and carpenters will be creating two exciting new exhibition spaces – in the main house and former reception area – to be unveiled when we reopen on 12 March.

One will house a special exhibition of original drawings by Beatrix Potter, to celebrate her 150th anniversary; the other will be home to a permanent exhibition about William’s adult life and legacy.

Volunteers play a crucial part in helping visitors get the most out of their time at his childhood home, so if you like meeting people and have a few hours a week to spare, why not join the team?

We’re looking for volunteers to:

  • welcome and orientate visitors
  • help them enjoy our exhibitions
  • lead 30-minute taster tours
  • play our harpsichord
  • act as room guides
  • serve and clear tables in the café.

You don’t need any special skills or knowledge, as we give full training and support. You just need a friendly, chatty manner. Email us at wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more.

Why not join Wordsworth’s friendly volunteers?

2 Feb
Bill Paul

Members of the house and garden volunteer team with gardener Amanda, left


The people who volunteer at Wordsworth House and Garden play a vital part in making it so friendly and special, and we’re looking for more to join them.

You don’t need to be a history buff or an expert on William’s poetry – all it takes to become part of the team is a warm, enthusiastic manner and a few spare hours a week. We’ll teach you the rest!

Manager Zoe tells me she needs people of all ages to greet and chat to visitors, lead house taster tours, play the replica harpsichord, and work in the café, the garden (where I live) and the shop.

Whether you’ve recently moved to the Cockermouth area or lived here all your life, it’s a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills.

The house is open six days a week, including weekends, meaning it’s easy to fit volunteering around school, work, family or other commitments.

So why not drop in for a cuppa on Saturday, 7 February or Thursday, 12 February, between 10am and 1pm, to find out more?

If you can’t make those dates, email wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us on 01900 824805.

Vote, work or volunteer for us

17 Nov
Wordsworth House cafe

Hands-on: Helen, one of our lovely cafe volunteers

If you’d like to do your bit for Wordsworth House and Garden, I’ve got three options for you. It only takes a minute to vote for me in the UK Blog Awards, or if you have more time to spare, why not apply to work or volunteer here?

Last year, this blog was shortlisted in the Most Innovative category. This time, I’ve been nominated for that and for Arts and Culture. Please click the links below to vote in both!

Vote for me for Most Innovative blog of the year here.

Vote for me in the Arts and Culture category here.

One of the regular staff’s winter tasks is to recruit new seasonal members of the friendly and enthusiastic team who look after this special place and provide our visitors with unforgettable experiences.

There are a wide range of paid roles on offer, including visitor services, café and admin assistants, duty managers, conservation cleaners and costumed servants. All our seasonal jobs are part-time, and contracts run from mid-February next year to early November.

Click here to find out more using the search term “North West”. But hurry – applications close on November 30.

There are also vacancies on the volunteer team for people of all ages and interests to greet and chat to visitors, lead house tours and help in the café, garden and shop.

Volunteers don’t require any particular skills as full training is given. They just need a friendly manner, to enjoy meeting new people – and have a few hours to spare every week or fortnight.

For more information about joining the house or garden volunteer team, email us at wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01900 824805.

Join our volunteer team!

16 Jan
Service with a smile in Wordsworth House café

Service with a smile: Café volunteer Helen

We’re looking for new people to join the lovely volunteer team who help run Wordsworth House and Garden.

There’s no need to have worked in a historic house or garden before. You just need a warm, friendly manner and a desire to learn something new – and to have a few hours a week to spare.

We have vacancies for room guides to chat to visitors in our fabulous working 18th-century kitchen and elsewhere in the house, and for people to lead our new guided tours.

We also need extra help serving our delicious homemade cakes, scones and light lunches in the café – and there’s even a much-coveted vacancy for a garden volunteer to work outside with me in William’s childhood playground!

So whether you want to improve your CV or to do something a bit different now you’re retired, why not pop in and find out more?

We’re holding an informal open morning at the house on Tuesday, 28 January, from 10am-1pm. I look forward to meeting you then!

Or if you can’t make it, email wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01900 824805 and arrange to see us another time.

Volunteer Kat among the runner beans

Happy at work: Volunteer Kat among the runner beans

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