The unique Rock Houses and surrounding countryside of Kinver Edge are seeking volunteers to bring them to life.
The Rock Houses, between Stourbridge and Kidderminster, will be open seven days a week in school holidays for the first time, so needs extra helpers to join the team. They also want to recruit volunteers to help create lasting memories for visitors with exciting new activities.
With extra help, the National Trust hopes to bring the Rock Houses to life for visitors even more than ever. This year the variety of roles for volunteers includes leading tours around the site, to take visitors onto the middle level of Rock Houses for the first time and helping children to try traditional hands-on activities, such as rag-rugging like grandma used to do. Volunteers help to keep the cottage gardens neat and tidy and serve visitors in the quaint garden tea-room. There’s also opportunities outdoors working with the ranger team to undertake practical conservation tasks on the special heathland habitat of Kinver Edge…where you might even catch a glimpse of the rare wildlife such as adders and sky lark.
Helen Selkirk, Visitor Experience Officer, said: “The Rock Houses are such a unique and quirky place that we want to welcome even more people here this year, and to make sure that they have a really memorable visit. We’ve got so much to tell so just need energetic and passionate people to help us do it. We appreciate everyone’s free time is precious so our volunteer rotas can be flexible to meet people’s needs.
Our volunteers are a great team and by sharing ideas, working together and creating an amazing day out, they have fun, grow in confidence and really make a difference. They help to shape the way we look after this special place, so this is a brilliant time to get involved as we make exciting changes to how we tell our visitors these fascinating stories.”
Volunteering with the National Trust is a great way to socialise, as you make friends with other volunteers and share stories with visitors. It can be really helpful for people looking for work or thinking about a new career, volunteering can help by improving CVs; aiding time management, planning and prioritising expertise. New recruits will also get training and National Trust accreditation.
Volunteer Drop-in Days are being held at the Rock Houses this March for volunteers to find out more:
- Saturday 12th, 11am to 4pm
- Wednesday 16th, 11am – 1pm
- Thursday 24th, 1pm – 4pm
The sessions will include the chance to meet staff and volunteers from the countryside, visitor welcome, tea-room, events and education departments and find out about opportunities to volunteer.
There is no need to book, just turn up on the day, but for further details call: Helen Selkirk on 01384 872553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the National Trust at Kinver Edge, you can check out our website on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinver-edge/