Volunteering at Cogges

Do you have time to spare? Have you thought about volunteering? Get involved with the local community and join the volunteer team at Cogges.
 
Over 150 volunteers support the small staff team all year round. It is their support and enthusiasm that helps to make Cogges such a wonderful place to visit.
There are so many ways to contribute, whatever your interest, plus opportunities to support our staff in the offices with publicity and marketing, fundraising or organising and helping out at events.
 
Volunteers come from all around Oxfordshire, a wide range of ages from 14+ with different interests.
People offer their time for many different reasons: learning new skills or passing on knowledge to keeping traditions alive; gaining confidence and skills for work; feeling valuable and active, and ensuring future generations can continue to enjoy Cogges. 
 
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. 
 
Welcome desk, farm shop, talking to the public;
Marketing - writing blogs, social media, or helping with postering and publicity.
Events - stewarding, helping out on the bar, planning and setting up;
Looking after the animals;
Gardening in the walled garden;
Giving cooking demonstrations, or preparing food and preserves;
Taking tours in the house and grounds;
Supporting family activity sessions during holidays and at weekends; 
Sewing and making crafts. Do you have a skill or craft you could use or share? 
 

Drop-in Sessions and the Big Dig

Come along to one of our volunteer drop in sessions (see dates below).

The Big Dig - Keen gardeners can join the garden team in the walled garden on a Saturday morning once a month, and Little Digs are Friday mornings. Some just pop in when they can.  
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Young People
 
Our staff have worked with Abingdon and Witney College and Witney youth organisations such as Base 33 to give young people the opportunity to spend time on the farm and work with animals or in the grounds. We have also offered work experience to children from local schools. 
For more information please contact Laura Dean ops@cogges.org.uk
 

Open Sessions (drop-in)

Wednesday 20th March 2pm

Saturday 23rd March 10.30am

Wednesday 3rd April 10.30am

Saturday 27th April 11.30am

Tuesday 7th May 11am

Saturday 18th May 11.30am

Tuesday 18th June 3pm

Saturday 29th June 2.30pm

Wednesday 10th July 10am

Saturday 13th July 2.30pm

Saturday 7th September 11.30am

Wednesday 18th September 10.30am

Saturday 12th October 11.30am

 

Inductions

Where new volunteers return registration forms and complete their Health and Safety Induction:
 

Wednesday 20th March 11am

Saturday 23rd March 2.30pm

Wednesday 3rd April 11.30am

Saturday 27th April 10.30am

Tuesday 11th May 3pm

Saturday 18th May 10.30am

Tuesday 18th June 11am

Saturday 29th June 10.30am

Wednesday 10th July 11am

Saturday 13th July 1.30pm

Saturday 7th September 10.30am

Wednesday 18th September 2pm

Saturday 12th October 2.30pm

Tuesday 22nd October 11am

 

Volunteer Spotlight, Ingrid Allen

"I joined the Cogges volunteer team a year ago and the experience has given me a new and exciting occupation. I work mostly in the manor house kitchen, cooking on the range which includes cleaning and lighting it. I'm also involved with activities for children in the holidays and school visits. At the moment I am helping to set up a children's dressing up room with historical costumes. So apart from having a new purpose in my life what do I get out of it?
Job satisfaction, making new friends, learning about the amazing 1000 years of history in this fascinating part of Witney, meeting visitors from all over the world and contributing to the development of this valuable resource in Witney and lots, lots more."
Ingrid

"Volunteering at Cogges gives us the opportunity of meeting like minded people and to enjoy greeting the Public. There is always a variety of work offering new experiences." John & Mary Binley

"Volunteering at Cogges after I graduated from University has been a great way for me to develop skills that I didn’t gain from my degree, helping me to create a more rounded CV. The opportunity to get involved with Marketing and Events, as well as some general administration, has given me a variety of experience and has been great fun. Cogges is a truly special place to spend time, and the opportunity to gain valuable skills in the process is a bonus!" Natasha Brandaro