Becoming a Volunteer

There are no paid staff at Poltimore House so the maintenance and care of the house and grounds and the running of many events is all done by volunteers. In the grounds the range of activities goes from clearing of brambles, nettles and sedge to working in the polytunnels to sow and grow flowers and vegetables. Recently volunteers have made new planters for the front of the house and some new raised vegetable beds.


We welcome volunteers regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as work parties organised by the Friends on the second and forth Saturday of each month.  During the week we often gather together for lunch either round the firepit or in the project centre kitchen.

We also have volunteers who help when we run events. The Chapel Cafe serves refreshments during most events and our catering team are always welcoming to make the visitor experience great. We also have stewards in the house to guide visitors and answer questions that arise when they see the amazing architectural history on display as well as enquiries about the social heritage of the site.

Interested in being part of the team? Our Volunteer Co-ordinator looks forward to hearing from you! Contact info@poltimore.org if you would like to get in touch.

Our House Stewards would also like help preparing the house for events or general cleaning activities.

In addition to the useful work done around the site some match-funded grants equate volunteer hours to money raised so every hour ‘donated’ can help us raise money for future improvements.

Current Volunteer roles we are looking to fill

  • Administration assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Treasurer
  • Gardener(s)
  • Events planner
  • Marketing assistant

Projects we are currently working on or are planning to start soon.

  • Creating a new garden area beside the ballroom. This will allow for more outside seating for 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). Project started Nov 2019
  • Restoration of the Entrance Hall . Some of the work for this planned project will need to be done by skilled experts but we are hoping that much of it will be carried out by volunteers. This might include preparing the walls for painting with breathable lime based paint, preparing and painting the woodwork, cleaning and repainting the plaster cornicing. Project planned for 2020 (due to the coronavirus pandemic planning for this has been suspended).
  • Creating seating areas around the site for visitors and volunteers to sit, rest and rejuvenate.

Corporate Volunteering

  • In recent years we have worked with
    • the Exeter Shilhay Community,
    • EDF Energy,
    • Elsevier Publishing,
    • The University of Exeter,
    • the Royal College of Nursing,
    • South West Water, the Environment Agency,
    • Skanska
    • Lloyds Bank.
  • If your group or company would like to come to Poltimore to help in a practical way, or if you would like to arrange a fundraising event for us, do get in touch.

Wellbeing Volunteering

Over recent years we have been happy to welcome volunteers to Poltimore who have been referred due to health or personal issues and many of these have developed skills and confidence which has enabled them to move on to permanent employment. Others have stayed with us and become valued members of the regular volunteering team. Currently in addition to our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday sessions for independent volunteers there is a project on Mondays called Thrive and Grow which provides a more supported route into volunteering at Poltimore.

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