Are you interested in participating in the work of Newbold Trust? Do you have an interest in living in community.


We have a number of vacancies available both volunteer positions and staff positions.

Newbold provides an opportunity to contribute to the work of the social enterprise whilst living and working in an intentional community. Newbold Trust offers an opportunity to live and work with like-minded people and partake in daily routines and practises.

All positions offered are residential posts where you have the chance to experience what it’s like to live a more sustainable lifestyle practising social sustainability and live in a more holistic manner. Sharing skills, knowledge and supporting one another.

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Long Term Volunteer Position - Homecare

We have a number of long term volunteer opportunities available at Newbold Trust this year

basnbenBy volunteering with us for 3-6 months, you will work alongside us for our summer seaso, 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.
Screen Shot 2017-01-14 at 11.53.28Work 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:



Screen Shot 2017-01-14 at 11.47.17An 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.


To apply

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.

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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.

Long Term Volunteer Position - Reception

We have a 3-6 month opportunity to work in our Reception and events department.

The opportunity is for the second person in charge of the bookings and events at Newbold House, assisting the department manager and holding the department when the manager is off or on holidays.

The long-term volunteer will be offered a full training and continuous support to be able to liaise with guests and workshop leaders to:


-Take B&B bookings

-Answer phone calls and e-mails, re-directing them to the appropriate person when necessary.

-Answer queries about venue hire and workshops packages.

-Prepare daily and weekly updates for the team

-Help with the weekly cash-up

-Check people in and out, handle cash and card payments and register them.

-Help guests, workshops leaders and attendees with any inquiries they might have.

-Liaise with the Homecare and Kitchen departments about guests and workshops leaders inquiries. Skills Enthusiasm and organised approach to:

-working on own initiative and ability to multi-task, attention to details and good interpersonal and communication skills.

-Patience and willingness to help others.



A long-term volunteer at Newbold House works around 35 hours a week, from 9 until 5, or once a week from 9 until 4.

The long-term volunteer works 5 days a week, with 2 days off. Usually 4 days will be spent in the Bookings & Reception department, and 1 day in another department (maintenance, homecare, kitchen, garden), depending on the needs of the house.

These days might not be in a row, but the manager will always do her best to allocate fair days off. Breaks longer than 2 days can be requested to the manager, but no less than 2 weeks in advance.

The long-term volunteer will take part in community work as well, participating in 3 to 4 KPs (cleaning after meals) per week.

On exchange for your work, you will be offered full accommodation and vegetarian food (3 meals a day plus tea breaks), and the opportunity to be involved in Newbold’s daily life
and activities.
Accommodation might be either in the house or in the garden, in caravan or huts.
We do our best to provide volunteers with their own private accommodation, however please note that under some rare circumstances you might be asked to share with another volunteer.



If you are interested in applying for this position or have any further enquiries contact / call our office 01 309 672 659