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What a difference a day makes

Posted onPosted on 14th Feb
What a difference a day makes

Why not do something different with your extra leap year day? On Monday 29 February from 10.30-12noon, The Workhouse at Southwell is running its popular ‘Taste of Volunteering’ session. The Workhouse relies on volunteer help to be able to fulfil many of the vital roles that enable the National Trust property to open to the public and help bring this important building to life.

Volunteers and staff will be on-hand to explain the range of roles available and what’s involved. From researches to gardeners, there are over 30 different roles but this year it’s room guides in particular that are needed. Full training is given and as part of the volunteer community you can enjoy visits to other National Trust properties and local attractions, as well as a summer barbeque and Christmas party.

Alan Viles from Little Carlton has volunteered for three years and specialises in costumed interpretation and working with visiting schools. “Both my wife and I volunteer at The Workhouse, I find working with schools very rewarding and enjoy challenging the children’s 21st century perceptions,” says Alan. “The more I get involved the more I want to do, I hope to progress up the ranks from playing a pauper to becoming Master soon!” he adds.

For those with a theatrical inclination The Workhouse Storytellers are also looking for volunteers. Storytellers take tales of Workhouse life off-site by visiting various groups and societies to perform in costume, as different Workhouse characters. There is a special performance by the storytellers on Tuesday 8 March from 2-4pm and afterwards you can find out more about what’s involved in the role.

Both sessions take place at The Workhouse and are free but pre-booking is required. Call 01636 817260 or see:

If you are interested in booking The Workhouse storytellers to visit your group or society call 01636 817262.