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hear from some of our volunteer team
I have been a volunteer at Cogges as part of the animal welfare team for a number of years. I usually work the same two mornings a week as my friend Brian, we divide the tasks and pretty much stick to the same routine. I look after the chickens and ducks, making sure they have clean water and enough food, collect any eggs and generally look out for their overall health. Brian and I then meet up in the pony stable to muck that out together, it’s smelly, hard work but I get a sense of achievement once it’s done.
Cogges is a beautiful place to be in, it can be very peaceful. Lots of fresh air and space is a bonus and I get a real feeling that my small contribution helps to keep it going for the next generation.
I have been volunteering at Cogges for about 8 years and not a day goes by when I’m not thankful for the friends I have made, enjoying meeting visitors and being useful in the community.
I started in the Victorian kitchen; would they let me cook on the range I asked? 'Yes of course they would!' Would they let me support the school visits? 'Yes' again. Would they be interested in my crafting skills? Another 'yes'.
I’m really looking forward to the end of lockdown so I can get back to contributing to Cogges.
I joined Cogges volunteers 4 years ago and work with the Craft Group. It has been amazing to be involved with such a talented group of people. We have done such a variety of things from making costumes and items for the education team, creating Victorian items like the rag rug and bed quilt, making wall hangings and making small items to sell on our craft stalls.
I have learned so many more skills, made many friends and had so many happy days there. It’s a joy to be involved in such a lovely place.
I have been volunteering on the Welcome Desk at Cogges, usually two mornings a week, for three years and my role involves greeting visitors, selling season and day tickets and handling any shop sales. I also help out at events such as the beer festival, theatre productions, craft and Christmas fairs.
Volunteering is very rewarding and I have met a variety of different, interesting and friendly people - visitors, fellow volunteers and Cogges’ staff. Unlike some other volunteering roles Cogges is very flexible and I am not tied to specific days/sessions and I’m able to volunteer as often or as little as I wish depending on my other commitments.
I volunteer in the visitor reception and shop area which involves meeting people at the entrance and getting to grips with the computer cash register which is not too difficult. Visitors often ask questions about what is available to see in the house, in the grounds, the animals and where they can find the toilet! A little knowledge about Cogges Farm and history is useful including information about the Downton Abbey TV series. I volunteer for Cogges because it is an interesting place to be involved with. It has a long history and I often learn additional snippets.
The garden and grounds are continually changing so there is always something to see. Through volunteering I have also met some lovely people which always enhances your life.
As newcomers to the area in 2017, we really look forward to our two volunteer mornings at Cogges each week in the gardens and on the general maintenance and craft teams. Volunteering together is particularly enjoyable giving us a common interest. Although not necessarily working in the same areas we can catch up at coffee breaks and share in the activities of the other volunteers.
Cogges is a wonderful relaxed setting and everyone is friendly and welcoming. The different talents and backgrounds of the volunteers makes every session informative and fun.
Cogges benefits from the support of over 150 volunteers who help to keep our doors open. Why not get involved, share your skills and join our team.
Volunteering, corporate team building, sponsorship of special events, providing skills and materials, enables companies to make a real difference
We offer a range of adult and family workshops in rural skills, horticulture, arts and crafts, wellbeing and animal care.