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Anyone volunteer for the National Trust? Care to share experiences please.

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MrsExpo Wed 25-Oct-17 16:52:00

Thanks. I'm thinking of getting involved at a local NT property, but have heard mixed things about the NT in terms of how it treats its volunteers. Would welcome any views or thoughts.

specialsubject Sun 12-Nov-17 21:53:50

I find the paid staff brilliant - everyone says thank you without exception. I work alone, when I come across the other volunteers (all twenty years older than me) the women ignore me. Some of the men will chat. It isnt anything I've said as I've never had a chance.

I really enjoy the role and learn a lot from it and the visitors. The trust pays petrol and 50 hours a year gets you a free access card.

So for me - do it for the role but as a way of making new friends it is a non starter. Hopefully not every property has this issue.

AlexaAmbidextra Sat 11-Aug-18 16:28:43

Well, not me but a friend. She absolutely loves working in a beautiful old house and telling visitors about it. She says the team she works with is great but apparently the NT at organisational levels is subject to mixed views.

Daisymay2 Sat 22-Sep-18 20:29:46

I volunteer at 2 houses. Room guide at both and also do tours of the house.
At the places I volunteer, the paid staff are all very grateful for what the volunteers do, and they organise a summer afternoon tea, summer outing, christmas buffet lunch, volunteer coffee mornings often with talks about the paintings or architecture. I feel valued and really enjoy being in the houses. However before I signed up I was warned by someone in another part of the country that it is a difficult organisation to work for. I have spoken to them since and my experience does not reflect what their friends experience, which is a total contrast. So it might depend on the local management
I do feel the central hierachy are out of touch and have bonkers ideas.
Give it a try- you are a volunteer and can opt out.

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