Volunteer appeal at National Trust's Dyrham Park

A volunteer open day is being held at Dyrham Park next week

A volunteer open day is being held at Dyrham Park next week

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

NATIONAL Trust property Dyrham Park is looking for new volunteers to help run the 17th century property and surrounding estate.

The organisation is holding a volunteer recruitment day to fill a variety of roles created by increased opening hours this year.

Volunteer roles on offer include gardeners, administrators, catering assistants and room guides.

Visitor experience manager Katie Morgan said volunteers at Dyrham are crucial in the day-to-day running of the site and are valued members of the team.

“There are so many different volunteering opportunities at Dyrham, there is something to interest and suit everyone,” she said.

“Volunteering is a great social experience and it can be very rewarding, not only in terms of the feel good factor, but also by enhancing your skills, knowledge and experience, which is great for personal development or for a CV.”

The National Trust mansion will be increasing its opening hours in 2014 with the garden, shop, tea-room, and the kitchen and larders now opening on Wednesdays and Thursday from February 15 to November 2. Additional volunteer support are needed to help Dyrham open for more visitors to enjoy.

Last week Dyrham Park launched a fundraising appeal gets to raise £500,000 to fund a major conservation project involving a new roof and boiler to help protect the building and its contents. The site currently attracts over 160,000 visitors each year and will remain open to the public, even during the building work, which is scheduled to start in 2015.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at Dyrham Park should visit the tearoom on Saturday, February 8 (11am-2pm) to speak to the National Trust team and learn more about the roles on offer.

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