Volunteer with us

Would you like to join us and help bring this historic house and its grounds back to life?

        By volunteering at Poltimore House and Grounds on the outskirts of Exeter, you can give something back to your local community and help preserve this special place.

        You will have the chance to work with an enthusiastic and dedicated team, learning new skills or using skills you already have.

        You can volunteer in a range of roles and areas including:

        • helping out in the cafe
        • gardening
        • history and architecture
        • fundraising
        • business development
        • administration
        • house/ground tours

        We are also looking for trustees.

        Café volunteers help serve refreshments during events and at weekends and house/ground stewards give guided tours of Poltimore House and Grounds including information about its architectural history and social heritage.

        Training is provided for all volunteers.

        When can I volunteer?

        You can get involved in one-off projects, make a regular commitment or take part in ad hoc opportunities. We hold regular volunteering days on Saturdays (the second and fourth Saturday each month) and welcome volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

        Contact us

        Please email info@poltimore.org if you would like to find out more about volunteering.

        Current projects

        • Creating a new garden area beside the ballroom: this will provide more outside seating at 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).
        • Restoration of the Entrance Hall: some of this work is being completed by skilled experts but volunteers are also needed. Tasks may include preparing the walls for painting with breathable lime-based paint, preparing and painting the woodwork, cleaning and repainting the plaster cornicing.
        • Creating seating areas around the site for visitors and volunteers to sit, rest and rejuvenate.

        Corporate Volunteering

        We also offer corporate volunteering opportunities. If your group or company would like to find out more, please contact us.

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