National Trust - Leith Hill (nr Dorking)

Welcome Volunteers / Events at Leith Hill Place


What does the role entail?

As the first port of call for visitors to the house, you will set the tone for a visit to Leith Hill Place. Working with a team of passionate and enthusiastic volunteers and staff you will be an ambassador for the National Trust and for this special place we look after. Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams who was also connected with the Wedgwood family and Charles Darwin.

The house is still a work in progress and is an unusually informal National Trust place, where we run our kitchen on a donations basis and even allow visitors to bring their dogs in. We have a number of events including concerts and Easter trails and our Welcome volunteers help with these too.

Duties include:

  • checking memberships and selling entry tickets,
  • telling visitors about the history of the house and what they can do that day.
  • encouraging feedback via our visitor survey
  • promoting membership of the National Trust. 
  • We need our volunteers to be flexible, so you might be posted at the front desk or in the kitchen, supporting our volunteer baker, making visitor teas and chatting to people about the house and its history.
  • You can also be trained to run the guided audio tour. 

What are we looking for?

We need outgoing, happy, positive people who will greet visitors with a smile and our famous warm welcome. Your enthusiasm and love of the house will shine through and you are encouraged to read and learn about the history so that you can share that with visitors. A knowledge of the National Trust and its work is a must, as is a flexible approach and good team spirit. Some cash handling is required so you need to be methodical and scrupulous in dealing with this. The front desk can get busy so you need to be calm and able to deal with people in a busy environment. In the kitchen you will need to make tea and load the dishwasher, so you mustn't be afraid to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in. Our volunteers have all joined us in the last two years so there is a great sense of teamwork and 'getting in at the ground level' while the house is in transition. You too can be a part of that.

What’s in it for you?

  • A chance to meet new people, learn new skills and work as part of a friendly team, while really making a difference and helping to keep open and develop a new National Trust visitor attraction.
  • Travel expenses to and from your home can be claimed.
  • Tea, coffee and volunteer refreshments available (but not lunch.)
  • Volunteer parking is offsite but close by a few yards up Leith Hill Lane.
  • Access to a car is necessary as there is no public transport serving the house.
  • After 50 hours of volunteering, a National Trust volunteer card will be issued which gives benefits in other Trust places.

Contact us to join one of our information sessions or to arrange an initial meeting - just press on the black 'sign up' button on the right.