Delapre Abbey - Abbey host

Project name

Visitor Experience

Organisation name

Delapre Abbey

Title of role

Abbey Hosts

Main objectives (what outcomes will you want to see from the volunteers)

In this role, we are looking for people who are willing to:

  • Be based inside the Abbey or 18th Century Stable Block
  • Learn about the history of the building and its inhabitants
  • Talk to people if approached and answer questions
  • Contribute to team working across the Trust
  • Be physically fit and able to stand for certain periods of time

Tasks and activities:

  • Observing and manning a certain zone within Delapré Abbey
  • Speaking to visitors on Delapré’s history and answer any questions to the best of your ability
  • Engaging with the Abbey items and promoting the interactive nature of the site

Reporting to:

Barbara Brinklow – Visitor Welcome Supervisor visitorwelcome@delapreabbey.org

Faye Morrissey – Visitor Services Manager fmorrissey@delapreabbey.org

Location: Delapré Abbey – Fine Rooms, Medieval Zone, Nine Stories; Stable Block – 900 Years Exhibition

Work hours: 12.30pm – 5.00pm

Skills/attributes/experience desired

  • Experience of interacting with a wide range of people in a friendly, calm manner
  • Comfortable working in a team or an individual basis
  • Eager to expand personal knowledge

Training provided?

  • In House History Training
  • In House Abbey Host Training
  • In House Health and Safety/Manual Handling
  • In House Fire Safety

Any other relevant information

You will need to attend a “Welcome” day which will introduce you to Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, provide information on the role and meet some of our current volunteers.

This will be followed by your first volunteering session which will become your “induction” – including site tour and supervisor meet.

Delapre Abbey - Gardens volunteer

Organisation name: Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust

Title of role: Gardens Volunteer

Main objectives

In this role, we are looking for people who are willing to:

  • Develop and improve their basic gardening skills
  • Be part of a team
  • Be led and directed by a supervisor
  • Come in “mucky clothes” and want to get stuck into dirty tasks
  • Volunteer in varied weather and temperature conditions

Tasks and activities

Principle tasks involved:

  • Seasonal planting
  • Weeding
  • Replacing signage
  • Garden designing and maintenance

Reporting to

Barbara Brinklow – Visitor Welcome Supervisor visitorwelcome@delapreabbey.org

Faye Morrissey – Visitor Services Manager fmorrissey@delapreabbey.org

Location: Walled garden, outer gardens, Abbey environment

Work hours: Regular on a weekly basis; seasonally dependent

Skills/attributes/experience desired: The Trust is searching for people who already have a basic understanding of gardening, plants, and tools.

Training provided?

You will need to attend a “Welcome” day which will introduce you to Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, provide information on the role and meet some of our current volunteers. This will be followed by an initial discussion with the Community Engagement Team, and then your first volunteering session which will become your “induction” – including site tour and supervisor meet.

Delapre Abbey - Events volunteer

Organisation name: Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust

Title of role: Events Volunteers

Main objectives: 

In this role, we are looking for people who are willing to:

  • Help deliver and support events throughout the year
  • Be responsible for an event, activity or session
  • Be confident in talking to a variety of different people
  • Volunteer flexibly
  • Be a general helper at events or act as a main deliverer

Tasks and activities

  • Delivering events to varied audiences and target groups, such as specialist societies, businesses, or families
  • Creating friendly and informal events, as well as professional and specialised ones
  • Lifting, moving and storing furniture and equipment from one location to another
  • Helping with the set-up and pack-down
  • Being a guide and/or manning the car park areas

Reporting to: Amanda Nichols – Commercial Manager commercialmanager@delapreabbey.org

Location: Delapré Abbey

Work hours: Flexible; dependent on calendar of events

Skills/attributes/experience desired: We would like animated, friendly, organised people to help us form a group of event volunteers that can be relied upon.

Training provided?

  • In House Health and Safety
  • In House Manual Handling
  • In House Fire Safety

Any other relevant information

You will need to attend a “Welcome” day which will introduce you to Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, provide information on the role and meet some of our current volunteers. This will be followed by an initial discussion with the Community Engagement Team, and then your first volunteering session which will become your “induction” – including site tour and supervisor meet.