Volunteer Programmes


BreadmakingWe deeply welcome the help of both residential and local volunteers to support the work of the Trust. Our volunteers assist across the kitchen, garden, maintenance, reception and homecare departments. They attend morning community meetings and weekly volunteer meetings where there is the opportunity for mutual sharing and support. Feedback from previous volunteers suggest they enjoy sharing our beautiful house and gardens, working together as a Community and learning about the work and values of the Trust. They also say how much they appreciate knowing the positive impact they have here, and we certainly couldn’t manage without them!

Information about the various options for volunteering at Newbold is available below. Please be aware that spaces often fill up many weeks in advance. If you would like more information or wish to be sent an application form, please contact or call +44 (0) 1309 672 659.

Long Term Volunteering

basnbenBy volunteering with us for 3-6 months, you will work alongside us for our summer season, 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.

To Apply email

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.

Short Term Volunteering

lea_kitchenWe usually have 2 short term volunteers staying with us at any one time. Much of the time short term volunteers come to us through the WWOOF scheme or Help X and Workaway.

Volunteers assist across the kitchen, garden, homecare, maintenance and events. They also attend our morning meetings and community sharings.

Our volunteers tell us that Newbold is a great place to learn new skills, meet interesting and likeminded people from all over the world, while experiencing community life and values.

We accept short term volunteers from 1 to 3 months (with a provisional period of 2 weeks). Short term volunteers work full time (5 days a week) in exchange for accommodation (simple caravans, yurts, small rooms or tents in summer) and meals. Volunteer places fill up quite far in advance.

If you would like to apply, please email to . Or for more information call +44 (0) 1309 672 659

Local Volunteering

Volunteers in the GardenWe love to keep a strong connection with our local community in Forres and surrounding area and we have two opportunities for local people to come and work in and enjoy our gardens. On Monday mornings local volunteers join us to help, mainly in the garden but also in other departments as needed, in return for a wonderful organic lunch and the camaraderie of working together. Monday mornings beginning at 9am with a morning meeting held in the Newbold Sanctuary.

On Saturday mornings our gardens are open for our ‘Garden Tasters‘, an opportunity to enjoy the garden with like minded people, swap tips, buy our organic produce and relax over tea, coffee and home-bakes.

If you enjoy gardening, being outdoors or just meeting new people, then we would love to hear from you. Contact us at or +44 (0) 1309 672 659

What our Volunteers say about us

“We enjoy learning from others and enjoy the process of working out with others how to do things. It is rewarding to produce organic food, which is then used where it is produced. It is good to be invited to eat with the group and others at Newbold House. It is good to see what we produce being appreciated by the cooks. It is good to volunteer for something which has concrete results.

George and Heather Paul


I enjoy gardening and helping with food preparation. The most rewarding and fulfilling aspect of volunteering here is the friendships I have made and being part of a team. It takes me out of the house and I can learn new cooking techniques. It is a worthwhile activity!

Ella Young