Becoming a Volunteer

There are no paid staff at Poltimore House so the maintenance and care of the house and grounds and the running of many events is all done by volunteers. In the grounds the range of activities goes from clearing of brambles, nettles and sedge to working in the polytunnels to sow and grow flowers and vegetables. Recently volunteers have made new planters for the front of the house and some new raised vegetable beds.

We welcome volunteers regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as work parties organised by the Friends on the second and forth Saturday of each month.  During the week we often gather together for lunch either round the firepit or in the project centre kitchen.

You could also help at our many open days and events. Our Volunteer Manager looks forward to hearing from you! Contact info@poltimore.org if you would like to get in touch.

Our House Stewards would also like help preparing the house for events or general cleaning activities.

In addition to the useful work done around the site some match-funded grants equate volunteer hours to money raised so every hour ‘donated’ can help us raise money for future improvements.

Current Volunteer roles we are looking to fill

  • Administration assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Treasurer
  • Gardener(s)
  • Events planner
  • Marketing assistant

Corporate Volunteering

  • In recent years we have worked with
    • the Exeter Shilhay Community,
    • EDF Energy,
    • Elsevier Publishing,
    • The University of Exeter,
    • the Royal College of Nursing,
    • South West Water, the Environment Agency,
    • Skanska
    • Lloyds Bank.
  • If your group or company would like to come to Poltimore to help in a practical way, or if you would like to arrange a fundraising event for us, do get in touch.

Volunteer activity is essential to the Poltimore House restoration project and is greatly valued by Poltimore House Trust and the several thousand members of the public who come to visit each year.

Some Poltimore volunteers have said what they enjoy most about volunteering is:

  • “Seeing the progress and knowing you are a part of it”
  • “The feeling of working towards a successful outcome in restoration; facing the considerable challenge; working with other volunteers; the enjoyment of being part of a lovely home and garden”.
  • “Working with others who are here because the want to be here”
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