Volunteers wanted at landmarks

By Sara Bryce

Friday, February 1, 2013

 

Volunteers wanted at landmarks

The National Trust is looking for volunteers at Isle of Wight landmarks including Mottistone Manor.

THE National Trust is looking for volunteers to help look after its Isle of Wight landmarks.

The trust will be holding an open day tomorrow (Saturday) at the Unity Hall, St Thomas Square, Newport, from 10am to 3pm, to give enthusiastic Islanders a chance to discover how they can help support and protect the Island’s historic sites, which include around 20 square miles of countryside, Mottistone Manor Gardens, and Bembridge Fort and windmill.

Hannah Griffiths, custodian for The Needles Battery, another National Trust site, said: "At the open day, we are going to be showcasing the work we do here on the Island and the roles we have available for volunteers.

"People can volunteer as an individual, a group or a family. We have roles including administration work and meeters and greeters at our properties, we have practical work out in the countryside helping the rangers do fence repairs and scrub clearance, maintenance work such as painting and helping keep pathways clear and we also need help with the events team."

Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they have available and stick with one job, or try lots of different ones.

Hannah said: "We are very flexible. Some people will do one day a week, regular hours in a regular role, and some people give us their time once a month.

"We are hoping to have enough roles and positions for everyone to do what they want."

• Anyone interested in giving time to become a volunteer for the National Trust can visit the open day and chat with staff, existing volunteers, see pictures of the volunteer work and have a cup of tea and home-made biscuits, or, for more information, call 01983 741020.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Mike Crowe

2nd February 2013, at 17:03:20

Thank you to the lovely people who came to Shanklin Theatre's Coffee Cake 'n' Chat this morning, nice to see you over a cuppa. Welcome to those who are going to get involved now. Thank you to those who have committments, but were interested in what we are doing. Please come again next month, as was explained, your support and kind words are an encouragement to those who are able to volunteer their labour.
And to the couple still working, 'hurry up and retire' .. ;-)

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by neil jacks

2nd February 2013, at 10:48:45

Mike, point taken. Paula actually did say that if she didnt need to earn a wage, then she would love to do it. Thinking about it, so would I but only if I could make mud pies. Ah them were t days.

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by Richard Taylor

2nd February 2013, at 09:37:30

Although Shanklin Theatre has been a fantastic success, I have to agree with Paula and Neil. The NT are quite happy to pay their 'Reward Manager' (no idea either) a salary of up to £55,000k but the people who actually generate the money and pull in the punters are voluntary?

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by Mike Crowe

2nd February 2013, at 07:51:02

(The Character count is wrong)
....... 7 people were made redundant but thanks to the Trust and the volunteers, one full time and one part time post were saved and two full time were created.

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by Mike Crowe

2nd February 2013, at 07:42:41

There are lots of ways of looking at it. The National Trust have lots of properties to look after and anybody who owns their own house will know that that costs money, they need to save as much of their income for maintenance and improvement purposes.
Do they have sufficient income to maintain these properties without volunteers?
Would entrance charges have to go up without volunteers?
And another angle is the volunteers themselves, "One volunteer is worth ten pressed men". Volunteering gets a lonely person out of the house to meet other people and it gives them a Social life.
The volunteer feels they are making a contribution to part of our history.
Shanklin Theatre wouldn't be where it is today withoout an army of dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers can as in Shanklin Theatre, save a building and give employment. When the Council shut Shanklin Theatre, 7 people were made redundant but thanks to the Trust and the volunteers, one full time and one part time post were saved

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by neil jacks

1st February 2013, at 22:01:17

Well said paula, you wrote what I and no doubt many others were thinking.

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by Paula Rogers

1st February 2013, at 19:16:01

Volunteering is very admirable and if I didn't need to earn a wage, I'd love to do it. So how about employing some Islanders, NT, rather than simply asking for free labour? Unemployment is high here, and getting higher.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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