Springhill House Volunteers
About the Volunteer Opportunity
House Volunteers help all visitors feel welcome and share stories from the family who lived there and engage them about its history and collections. This gives volunteers the chance to inspire every visitor that comes through their door and help bring Springhill’s history to life and explain how they help conserve and care for these special places. House Volunteers will also help ensure the safety and security of visitors, volunteers and staff by getting to know health and safety and evacuation procedures. There may also be other opportunities to assist within other departments in the future.
The opportunity takes place on site at Springhill House therefore prospective volunteers would need to be able to travel to and from this location. However, the National Trust does cover some travel expenses. This volunteer opportunity will suit someone who is enthusiastic and willing to help inspire visitors of all ages and loves being around people. Someone who is interested in Springhill and its history, although they don’t have to know everything about it as there will be support to help pick up the stories and facts.
All National Trust volunteers receive a general induction and welcome pack which helps volunteers become familiar with the site and staff, covers health and safety and evacuation procedures, establishes staff contacts for queries and support, as well as providing information regarding expenses. Regarding the House Volunteer role specifically, there will be training days organised prior to opening the house to visitors which will cover a tour of the house to familiarise volunteers with the space, information on the history of Springhill and its collections, and offers a chance to meet other volunteers and ask questions. Volunteers need to be available at least once a fortnight between 11.30am-4.30pm. They currently expect the opportunity to start the last weekend in May, every Friday-Monday over July and August and the final weekend in October.
About the Organisation
A much-loved family home, Springhill House in Moneymore, has been described as ‘one of the prettiest houses in Ulster’ and is unique in being the main residence over four centuries of ten generations of the same family, the Lenox-Conyngham’s. Within the house, its rooms show the changing fashions and sensibilities of its inhabitants and the periods in which they lived. While outside, wide parkland, outbuildings, a dovecote, and laundry yards mark Springhill’s past as a working estate.
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