We have a number of long term volunteer opportunities available at Newbold Trust this year
By volunteering with us for 3-6 months, you will work alongside us for our entire season (Mid/Late February until Mid-October), supporting the existing staff team.
Long term volunteers play a vital role in the community of Newbold. They are therefore expected to commit fully to our weekly routine and daily practices, have an ability to handle moderate physical work (in our kitchen, office, homecare, gardens, and maintenance departments), to hold a sense of responsibility for the work done and a high level of English is also required. It also requires an ability to relate and communicate well with others of diverse backgrounds, ages, languages and skills within our community and with our guests.
Work will mostly be across 1 or 2 departments (garden/ kitchen/ homecare/ reception) with some flexibility according to the needs of the organisation as the season progresses, so a ‘can-do’ approach, and a willingness to be part of a community team are essential. We are looking for people who already possess a certain level of experience and are interested developing their skills in an embedded, immersive environment, and gaining knowledge from our managers.
You will be expected to hold some responsibility within your department(s), and – after any training needed – we would look to you to provide ‘second in command’ cover for staff holidays and days off.
In exchange we offer a stipend of £80 p/m in return for a commitment to working with us for the whole season. Basic accommodation and all meals with mainly produce from our own organic garden will be provided.
Living and working together within our residential community forms an integral part of the volunteer programme. We have a structured framework with weekly volunteer meetings, and an ongoing pastoral and work support for volunteers whilst they are here.
Please note that these roles are specified for the season only and do not offer any guarantee of further work or a pathway to membership of the permanent staff community.
Details of departments:
An eye for detail and experience of turning over bedrooms, bathrooms and public spaces to a high standard of finish and cleanliness is essential. The role will sometimes involve demanding physical work and tight schedules. You will be supervising less experienced Short Term Volunteers and working alongside the Homecare Manager to plan schedules and ensure the comfort of our guests lives up to our reviews. There are also opportunities to contribute to the aesthetic harmony and energy of a beautiful heritage venue, while using eco-friendly techniques.
If you are interested, please send us the application form together with your cv with relevant work experience and background. Indicate the two departments that would be your main interest and if you already have experience of living in community.
You can download application form here –
The selection process will include skype or telephone calls with shortlisted applicants.
The volunteer programme is not a workshop run by trainers or a healing programme for addressing personal issues. We require that people coming are able to look after themselves at a physical, mental and emotional level.