Learning Volunteer

National Trust at Dunster Castle

Name: Learning Volunteer
Organisation: National Trust at Dunster Castle


Learning Volunteers deliver our formal and informal learning programmes at Dunster Castle, leading groups around the property showrooms, domestic servants’ areas, gardens and grounds on a themed tour which meets defined learning objectives.

What's involved:

Increasing your knowledge of Dunster Castle and its stories so that you can bring it to life for the visitors.
Attending meetings or information sessions.
Leading or assisting with learning programmes for school groups.
Responding to the pupils' and teachers' many and varied questions about the property in a manner that promotes further interest and greater understanding of the Castle.
Using and looking after resources and equipment used for school visits.
Helping to improve the school programme by sharing your ideas and experience.
Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times.
Giving any other appropriate assistance as may be reasonably requested.

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Organisation Description

The National Trust is a charity and is completely independent of Government. We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, revenue raised from our commercial operations.
We mow have .35 million members and 43000 volunteers. More than 12 million people visit our pay for entry properties, while an estimated 50 million visit our open air properties.
We protect and open to the public over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills.
But is doesn't stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages - for ever, for everyone.

Room volunteers, helping with events, administration, buggy driving, volunteer photographer, raffle ticket seller, civil ceremony assisting, wildlife interpreter, garden stewards/interpretation, living history tour guides, and general tour guides.

We have a summer barbeque, outing and Christmas party. After 50hours each volunteer gets a card that allows them into other National Trust properties free and 20% discount in Trust catering and retail outlets.

We provide tea, coffee and biscuits as well as any expenses incurred during duty and travel expenses. You will not have to commit to a particular role at the early stages and can apply for several roles, in order to try them out first.

Dunster Castle prides itself on its welcoming and friendly atmosphere for all its supporters.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Heritage
  • Education

Types of Activity


Skills and Qualifications

  • Talking to others


This role will suit you if you are someone who enjoys working with children and has an enthusiastic and friendly nature with a talent for communicating, coupled with good interpersonal and people skills.

Background in teaching is desirable, but not essential.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: By getting involved you could Become part of a friendly and dedicated team. Draw from your experience in a relevant field. Meet people from all walks of life and make new friends. Enjoy new experiences and learn something new every day. Travel expenses
Other: NA

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