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Join the volunteer team

Are you looking to make a difference in your local community? Do you want to learn new skills or take on a new challenge? Perhaps volunteering for Cogges could be a good choice for you. We have over 150 volunteers that support the running of Cogges and it's their enthusiasm and knowledge that helps to make Cogges such a wonderful place to visit. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funders, Cogges is increasing the number of opportunities to volunteer.

Current volunteer vacancies

Welcome Desk volunteer
To welcome visitors to Cogges at the main entry point, checking and selling entry tickets, season tickets and shop merchandise.

Download Welcome Desk volunteer role description

Nature Walk Guide
In conjunction with WODC, this new role involves leading a group of up to 20 participants in nature walks around Cogges and its immediate surroundings. This role would suit an individual, couple or family.

Download Nature Walk Guide volunteer role description

Walk, Talk & Tea Volunteer
To support older people in Witney in walking to Cogges to meet as a group for tea and talks in our café as part of a new National Lottery Heritage Fund initiative to encourage socialisation and build confidence. Tea and cake will be provided.

Download Walk, Talk & Tea volunteer role description

How to apply

To register your interest in any of these volunteering opportunities, please download and complete our Volunteering form and email it to volunteering@cogges.org.uk.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions we may have to limit the number of volunteers we recruit at this point and may not be able to accept all new volunteer applicants (Update 2021).

 

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Flexibility

Volunteers come from all around Oxfordshire and cover a wide range of ages and interests. People offer their time for many different reasons: learning new skills or passing on knowledge to keep traditions alive; gaining confidence and skills for work; feeling valuable and active, and ensuring future generations can continue to enjoy Cogges. 

Make new friends

Time spent volunteering is very flexible, and fits around you. You would be joining a large, friendly team and can contribute to a range of areas or focus on one. Volunteers are offered discounts in the shop and cafe, events and workshops. There is an active social diary with get togethers and trips throughout the year.

Volunteers in the walled garden

Cogges is like one large family - the staff and other volunteers are friendly and helpful, doing this gives me a sense of being useful and giving something back to the community - Dot McGuiness

Meet the volunteers

Find our more about some of our roles and how volunteering at Cogges has made a real difference.

Corporate volunteering

If you can offer professional development to our staff, support or sponsor our events or would like to hold a team away day on the farm, please get in touch to see how we can work with your business.