In 2012 we initiated our first volunteer programme which was so successful we are now recruiting volunteers again for the 2018 season.
No experience is necessary, just a keen interest in Sudeley Castle, the ability to enhance the visitor experience by being welcoming and being able to support the staff team as and when required.
Opportunities for volunteers are varied and include being a room steward in the exhibition and castle rooms, helping Guides on tours, welcoming visitors and helping them navigate their day, helping in the Visitor Centre and gardens with various duties and tasks as well as helping at our special events throughout the season.
Person Specification of Volunteers:
Friendly, outgoing & approachable.
Enjoys meeting people.
Health and safety aware.
Smartly dressed and presentable.
Flexible in working hours and conditions.
Enjoys working outdoors as well as indoors.
An interest in historic properties and/or the leisure and tourism industry.
A Family Season Pass.*
Travel Expenses (up to £5 per day).
Discount in the Terrace Café & Gift Shop.
Full training before and during the season.
* Received after 40 hour probationary period.
Hours of Volunteering:
Opening hours are 10am-5pm, 7 days a week, from Monday 5th March until Friday 21st December 2018.
We ask that volunteers offer a minimum of 2-half days or 1 whole day each week during the season where possible to ensure consistency and to enable you to develop and feel part of the team. We would like you to attend more days each week if possible!
There will be a weekly rota to which you can select the days and times which suit you.
There is a 40 hour probationary period.
Training will be given as required.
Enter your details via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website, selecting ‘Volunteering’ from the tick list. You will then be sent the Volunteers Information & Application Pack to complete and return. Alternatively, contact the Estate Office on 01242 602308 or firstname.lastname@example.org and request a Volunteers Information & Application Pack.
Although these are volunteer positions, a formal selection process is in place. If there are no vacancies at the time you apply, your application will be kept on a waiting list.
“If you love gardens, have an interest in history, enjoy meeting people and want to escape the humdrum of every day life for a few hours each week, then volunteering at Sudeley Castle is for you.”
“I enjoy working with a great team in a wonderful place. I’ve increased my historical knowledge and it’s great meeting visitors from all around the world.”
“It is a beautiful place as well as full of history. The team (guides and volunteers) are great to work with and offer lots of support. Overall I enjoy the experience of volunteering in a historical setting, learning new things as well as meeting a variety of people who visit each season, who are enthusiastic as me!”
“Why I volunteer, well… An interest in history, especially the Tudor period and just a love of our national heritage, inspired me to volunteer at Sudeley where I learned so much… I’d recommend anyone who has an interest in history, learning new things and getting the opportunity to discuss and share knowledge to join the team at Sudeley. Having just completed my first season as a volunteer, I am now looking forward very much to the next…”
“I began volunteering at Sudeley Castle at the beginning of the 2012 season, when the castle was going to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Katherine Parr’s birth. Since I have begun volunteering at Sudeley Castle I have met some amazing people, as well as been given the opportunity to partake in many unique and exciting events. The guides, stewards and other members of staff have always been very friendly and supportive, and communicating with the visiting public is always extremely rewarding and builds up confidence. Volunteering in such a beautiful historical setting like Sudeley Castle has also greatly improved my knowledge of the castle’s history, as well as English history in general. It is a brilliant place to volunteer if you have an interest in history which you can share and develop, especially with the castle’s strong connections with the Tudor period. The picturesque church and gardens also provides a lovely atmosphere to work in, overall making volunteering at Sudeley Castle a fantastic experience!”
“I was first introduced to Sudeley Castle by my teenage daughter, Leigh who has a very keen interest in history, in particular the Tudor period. I didn’t know quite what to expect as having very little knowledge of English history, I felt that my main function was that of Leigh’s taxi driver … but how quickly this feeling changed!! Within a very short while I fell in love with the beautifully picturesque castle ruins, made some lovely new friends in my fellow colleagues and built up enough knowledge about Sudeley’s history to talk confidently to the visitors. I absolutely love it!!.”
“Volunteering at Sudeley was one of the best things I did during my year abroad. It was very exciting to get an insight into how historic places are run on a day-to-day basis and to be part of this for a few months. After a year of studying Early Modern British history, volunteering was a unique opportunity to apply and deepen that academic knowledge in a very practical manner. I really enjoyed learning about Sudeley from all the knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides and volunteers, who were great fun to work with, and it was a pleasure to meet and talk to visitors from all over the world. Overall, it was an experience that I won’t ever forget, and I hope I can come back sometime for another turn.”