Volunteers make a significant contribution to our work – whether that’s helping out with environmental improvements, raising site standards or supporting our activity centre teams to deliver all the great things they do. We achieve so much more by working with enthusiastic volunteers – very often from the local community.

Volunteering can bring you a sense of belonging and open up a whole new world. At the same time you can benefit the environment, sport or recreation and become involved with other local people.

Did you know?

In 2016 our volunteers across the region gave 3,500 days of their time freely – that’s equivalent to a quarter of our entire workforce!

We provide the ideal opportunity for people who are looking to find paid employment in these areas. We know it’s not always easy to find the right job in the right location and then, very often, when you do you’re competing against lots of other candidates. Demonstrating that you have got out there and completed some volunteering to learn new skills and to gain experience working with a team can make you stand out from the rest.

Whatever your motives for volunteering we’d love to hear from you.

There are three main areas of volunteering opportunities:

Working with our Countryside team to complete environmental tasks and site maintenance

Manning our visitor centres or receptions, engaging with our customers and providing visitors with useful information about the site and the Trust

Supporting our activity instructors to deliver amazing experiences for people of all ages and abilities – both on water and on land

Michael Glinn

Volunteer Experience at Burrator with South West Lakes Trust

“I’ve been volunteering two and a half years”

The people, a love of the woods, the countryside and making things.

Most of it, but sitting on Sheepstor Dam looking out over the water to the woods and moors at different times of the year with my wife and a flask of coffee. Looking at the different colours of the trees and water, we have often said “must take a photo of each season”. Several years later no photos but lots of memories.

Watching the Discovery Centre come to life. What we as a group of South West Lakes Trust staff and volunteers have achieved. There are a number of us retirees’ here and we all bring different skills from our varied past careers. It’s reusing those skills to benefit others.

There are many things I have enjoyed and I can’t remember ever having a bad day.

Some particular good days; fixing the tractor to good useful working order, building the log shed having possibly the best helper, an ex-theatre nurse, passing nails, watching a demonstration of cutting granite with Feather and Tare and using this same idea a few weeks later on a big DIY project where an angle grinder would not work – You are never too old to learn! Other memories and highlights include; passing on my skills to some of the “youngsters” that have come to Burrator and seeing and hearing the Forest School kids having fun in their “classroom”.

Definitely the people. It’s a big family!

Speak to the team

01566 771930
Open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm excluding bank holidays.

Write to us

South West Lakes Trust, Lidn Park, Launceston, PL15 7PF

Email: [email protected]

Application Form

Interested in volunteering? Download and fill out a volunteer application form.