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 Co-ordinator looks forward to hearing from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.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
- Events planner
- Marketing assistant
Projects we are currently working on or are planning to start soon.
- Creating a new garden area beside the ballroom. This will allow for more outside seating for the Chapel Cafe and an enclosed rose garden (our lovely deer visitors are partial to a nibble on roses so we have several in pots waiting to go out once there is a suitable fenced area). Project started Nov 2019
- Restoration of the Entrance Hall . Some of the work for this planned project will need to be done by skilled experts but we are hoping that much of it will be carried out by volunteers. This might include preparing the walls for painting with breathable lime based paint, preparing and painting the woodwork, cleaning and repainting the plaster cornicing. Project planned for 2020.
- Creating seating areas around the site for visitors and volunteers to sit, rest and rejuvenate.
- 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,
- 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.
Over recent years we have been happy to welcome volunteers to Poltimore who have been referred due to health or personal issues and many of these have developed skills and confidence which has enabled them to move on to permanent employment. Others have stayed with us and become valued members of the regular volunteering team. Currently in addition to our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday sessions for independent volunteers there is a project on Mondays called Thrive and Grow which provides a more supported route into volunteering at Poltimore.
Thrive and Grow
Thrive and Grow Poltimore is a horticultural and community gardening project that is managed by Meridian Raw CIC and encourages people to come together and develop a shared vegetable garden, take part in growing activities, learn about horticulture and take part in other related activities in a relaxed and stimulating environment.
For further details please contact Clive Chilvers on email@example.com
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”