Call for volunteers at Castle Drogo

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 6:52am

Castle Drogo is calling for volunteers at an exciting time in the castle’s history as the project to make it watertight starts to reach its conclusion. 

More volunteers than ever are needed to share Castle Drogo’s stories and become part of the team, whether for a couple of hours to spare or to volunteer more regularly.

To find more volunteers, Castle Drogo is holding two volunteering open days on Wednesday 10 April and Saturday 13 April, from 12-3pm in the community space, for anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering there. Alternatively, information on volunteering can also be found on their website:https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo

As a charity, the National Trust is dependent on the help of its volunteers. It would not be possible to open Castle Drogo without the volunteers who generously give their time. There are lots of opportunities to get involved especially in the castle itself, but also in the plant centre, shop and cafe. There’s no need to be an expert in 20th century design – although history buffs are welcome – just someone who loves talking to people and sharing a passion for the castle. So if anyone would like to do something that is interesting, enjoyable and rewarding, the team would love them to get in touch. Many volunteers enjoy meeting new people, learning new things, using their skills and, of course, having fun.

Chris who has volunteered at the castle for three years said, “‘I was retired and after 50 years in industry I was bored. I missed people - missed being part of a team. And then along came the National Trust. I quickly found running tours, developing new tour projects, training others. I was back at work again, and I loved it. I still do.”

Alice Ealdmoor, Volunteering Officer says, “Castle Drogo is a really exciting place to be at the moment, we’ve got loads going on and some real opportunities to get stuck in. Our volunteers are such a skilled and friendly bunch, and we are always looking for new people to join us. I started my National Trust journey as a volunteer and I can’t recommend the experience enough, it’s why I do what I do.”

April Braund, Visitor Experience Officer at the castle said, “Joining the team of volunteers will be helping not just to share, but be a part of Castle Drogo’s story, and protect it for years to come. In return our volunteers receive all the training needed and the chance to take part in trips and social activities too.”

To meet the team and find out more about the different ways to get involved, please pop along to the Castle Drogo Visitor Centre on 10 or 13 April, or drop them a line on the details below. The open days include a chance for a cuppa and a chat, as well as a chance to take a tour of the castle and talk to our existing volunteers about what volunteering at Castle Drogo is all about.

For more information visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo

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