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Why Volunteer?

People enjoy volunteering with us for lots of different reasons.

In 2019, 160 volunteers gave over 25,000 hours of their time

By joining our friendly team you can:

  • Enhance your CV with new skills and quality references
  • Use your experience towards recognised awards, e.g. Duke of Edinburgh
  • Enjoy a fun and fulfilling pastime
  • Give back to the community
  • Build your confidence
  • Keep active with hands on projects
  • Enjoy discounts at various Stratford-upon-Avon retailers
  • Meet new people and expand your social circle

As a volunteer you can work flexible hours as a highly valued and integral member of our team. You will also be invited to a range of special volunteer events such as parties, workshops, drop-in sessions and awards events.

90% of our volunteers say that they are proud to volunteer for the SBT

— Based on our 2019 volunteer survey

Volunteers play a crucial role at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, supporting our staff and enhancing the experience of our visitors. 


Meet some of our current volunteers:

Norma, Collections Volunteer 

Norma has been volunteering with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust since 1985, after being widowed. As well as gaining a valuable support network, it also led to her studying an MA in Local and Regional History at University of Warwick.

Norma Volunteer

Archie, Visitor Engagement Volunteer at New Place 

At 17 years old, Archie is one of our youngest volunteers. He joins us for 2-3 hours a week at Shakespeare's New Place from King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon where he is studying A-Level maths, economics, and geography.

Alfie Volunteer

John, Volunteer at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

John has been a volunteer guide with us for eight years, having taken early retirement from the water industry. "I wanted to do something totally different and guiding people around Shakespeare's Birthplace is just that!"

John Volunteer

Apply to become a volunteer and join the team today!

We have so many roles to chose from! Explore the current volunteering opportunities and see which ones suit your skills. 

Fancy helping with something a little different? We have roles to help behind the scenes include caring for our farm animals and our precious collections, not to mention helping to restore our wonderful costumes and items!

All you need is enthusiasm and a few hours to spare! Volunteers must be aged 16+.

Take a look at our current volunteering opportunities or contact us for an informal chat on +44 (0) 1789 204016 (ask for the HR Department).

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