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Group of volunteers June 2015As a small charity, Hestercombe relies on volunteers to deliver a number of extremely valuable services, both directly to visitors and behind the scenes.

There are a variety of ways you can get involved. Whether through gardening, invigilating in the Hestercombe Gallery or supporting with office administration ­all roles on which the running of Hestercombe is dependent.

Why volunteer?

By volunteering at Hestercombe you’ll be part of the Hestercombe team made up of volunteers from the local community, as well the Hestercombe staff.

The roles undertaken by volunteers here at Hestercombe are considered some of the most important across the organisation and allow us to offer the highest quality visitor experience. Without the support of volunteers we would not be able to deliver the wide range of events, high quality exhibitions and continued estate management that we currently provide.

Whether you are able to offer a few hours a month, or a day or two a week, it is your time and energy that makes Hestercombe the exciting, innovative and engaging place it is.

As a thank you for your help and hard work, Hestercombe offers volunteers free annual membership, a discount card for the Gardens Shop, training and an annual volunteer party – a great opportunity to socialise and get to know our team even better. Of course our volunteers also receive free tea and coffee while working at Hestercombe!


Gallery Volunteer 6Visitor Reception Assistant: Meet and greet Hestercombe visitors, answer phones and help with general site administration.

Gallery Invigilator: Help us to engage the public with our new art gallery and to keep the works safe.

Bookshop Assistant: Serve customers in the second-hand bookshop as well as help behind the scenes sorting, cleaning and pricing book donations.

Events Assistant: Be part of our busy programme of events. Help run family-friendly activities for visitors to Hestercombe all year round.

Gardening Support: As part of the gardens team you will help to maintain the gardens alongside other volunteers – deadheading, weeding, pruning and more.

Administration: Help in the office with tasks supporting the membership and finance teams.

For all of the opportunities available, no experience is necessary – just an open mind and a willingness to learn!

Contact us

To find out more and to express an interest in becoming a Hestercombe volunteer, contact Gill Croston on or call the Ticket Office on 01823 413923.