Volunteers needed at Abbotsford

Volunteers Needed at Abbotsford

Wanting to meet new people or learn something different? Then why not consider a volunteering role at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, between Melrose & Galashiels. 

The Abbotsford Trust is looking for enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to get involved in the preservation of Scott’s legacy and welcoming visitors to his ‘conundrum castle’, gardens and estate. There are currently volunteer opportunities for historic house Room Stewards and Courtyard Welcome roles. 

A Volunteer Open Day is being held at Abbotsford on Sunday 22nd May, from 11am- 1pm, for people to meet volunteers and staff who can tell them about the opportunities Abbotsford offers and the benefits of getting involved with their award-winning programme. 

Volunteer Co-ordinator at Abbotsford, Karen O’ Brien- Barrett, said: “Abbotsford has been welcoming visitors since Sir Walter died in 1832 and our volunteers mean the world to us; we simply wouldn’t be able to run a successful five-star tourist attraction without them. 

No prior knowledge is expected- all you need is a smile and a genuine interest to learn about Abbotsford and to support our important charitable work. Some of our volunteers do a couple of days a week, while others just do a shift once a month. It all helps us to preserve Scott’s legacy for future generations.” 

As a small charity, volunteers play a crucial role within the Abbotsford Trust and work closely with the staff team to care for, share and celebrate this unique heritage site with visitors from all around the world and the local community. 

In 2018 Abbotsford became the first historic house museum in Scotland to gain a prestigious national award for its volunteer programme when it received the Volunteer Friendly Award, a national scheme for organisations working with volunteers. 

Anyone interested in volunteering can go to scottsabbotsford.com to see vacancies and further information or email volunteering@scottsabbotsford.co.uk. Alternatively, they can attend Abbotsford at 11am- 1pm on Sunday 22nd May.