National Trust property has vacancies for volunteers

Joseph Bulmer

Arlington Court is holding an open day for potential volunteers next Wednesday

IF you’re looking for something a bit different to do with your spare time, pop down to Arlington Court on Wednesday (July 13) of next week where you will have a chance to learn about the wide range of volunteering opportunities with the National Trust and talk to existing volunteers about the work they do.

From 11am to 3pm, you can find out about all kinds of roles, from room guiding in the Mansion and Carriage Museum to helping at events or with carriage rides.

Perhaps you might like to step back in time and become a character from Arlington’s past, take on a research project, sell raffle tickets or join the talented team of in-house flower arrangers.

There really is something for everyone. The only restriction on time is how much you can spare! The friendly team at Arlington Court are particularly keen to improve their appeal to families, both indoors and outdoors; so, if you are interested in getting involved for a few days or hours each month, go along and have a chat about ways to get involved.

Arlington’s volunteers go along for many different reasons: some want to develop new skills to improve their job prospects and polish their CV’s, others learn research techniques that help them investigate their own family trees and many enjoy meeting new people from all over the world.

Dave Gibbons, a house steward at Arlington, said: ‘We’re here to look after Britain’s most special places, indoors and outdoors, but we really couldn’t do it without the help of our amazing volunteers; they’re the lifeblood of the National Trust.’

It’s an exciting period of change at Arlington Court; why not get involved and make some new friends at the same time? Come along on Wednesday, or call (01271) 850296 to find out more.