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News release - Issued by Beningbrough Hall

Opportunities for National Volunteers Week

More volunteers are needed to help look after some of York’s finest historic houses and gardens and National volunteers’ week is the perfect time to find out more.

1 – 12 June is national volunteers’ week; an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens are holding two recruitment days where people can meet the teams and find out a little more about the roles on offer. Head to Beningbrough on the main day, Wednesday 8th June 10am - 2pm or for those unable to attend you can turn up on Saturday 11th June 9am - 10.30am.

Some of the roles on offer include joining the newly formed Visitor Experience Team, which engages with visitors on a daily basis. Volunteers in this role can develop specialist skills on one particular area, depending if their interest is the hall & buildings or the garden and there is a new set of training modules to help new volunteers get started. If you’re a good communicator with enthusiasm and an interest in heritage then this could be the perfect role for you.

Specialist roles at Beningbrough include positions in the learning team, where you can get involved in school visits – particular as a costumed member of the learning team for the Below Stairs experience, or help out in the family friendly arts and crafts workshops. Relevant training is provided but an interest to work with children alongside teachers or families is essential for this role.

Traditional opportunities on offer at Beningbrough include working as part of the house team acting as a Visitor Services Team Volunteer. If you prefer to be outside then there are vacancies in the garden team – helping to look after the 8 acres of formal gardens that Beningbrough are so well known for.

Sue Jordan, learning and engagement officer at Beningbrough said “Volunteers are a huge part of what we do in the National Trust. They help us to provide an excellent experience for visitors, keep the property well presented as well as supporting the conservation work of the charity. We have some fantastic new roles available – both indoors and out and we’d love to welcome new members to the team.”

At Treasurer’s House in the city centre, there are a number of vacancies for room guides, to fill the extended opening hours; Treasurer’s House is now open all 7 days of the week until October so there are extra days to fill. Room guides are an essential part of the team; without them, we couldn’t share the stories and history of the house and its collection. If you are passionate about history and love interacting with people from all over the world and making them feel welcome, then this role could be for you. There is a particular need around the weekend days and Fridays. If you prefer to shop than guide then consider joining the small retail team to help with the shop Below Stairs.

In return for their time, commitment, skills and experiences, volunteers can enjoy working in some of the most beautiful locations in the area and be part of a friendly team. The social side includes training, day trips out and evening events so it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Other perks include a special volunteers card for free entry and discount to the National Trust places of interest and expenses where applicable.

To find out about all volunteering opportunities in the National Trust and to apply, visit

For more information about Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens visit or call 01904 472027. The recruitment open days are Wednesday 8th June 10am - 2pm or Saturday 11th June 9am - 10.30am.

For more information about Treasurer’s House visit or call 01904 624247.


Notes to editor:

For more information or images, please contact:
Jo Parker
01904 472017 (direct) / 472027 (office) / 07917 174629 (mobile)

About National Volunteers Week
When: 1-12 June 2016
Social media: #volunteersweek

About Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Built in 1716, Beningbrough Hall is a grand red brick mansion just north of York. Today, the hall is home to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of 18th century portraits, whilst the garden boasts labyrinth paths, grand borders, hidden woods and a working walled kitchen garden.
Call: 01904 472027
Tweet: @NTBeningbrough

About Treasurer’s House
Only a few metres from York Minster, Treasurer’s House has a history spanning 2,000 years, from the Roman road in the cellar to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics, and thirteen period rooms in between. Treasurer's House was donated to the National Trust in 1930 by industrialist Frank Green. He had purchased the house in 1897 to house his vast collection of art and antiques. It was the first house given to the National Trust complete with all of its contents and also included a beautiful sunken walled garden that is an oasis of calm in the city centre.
Call: 01904 624247
Tweet: @TreasurersYork

About National Trust
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: