Volunteering with us

Volunteers are the mainstay of what we provide at Minsteracres.  In fact you could say we couldn’t survive without them. Our dining room relies on the service of volunteers, and it may well be a volunteer who greets you when you arrive.

Look around the grounds (all 110 acres of them) and you can be sure that our conservation volunteers ‘Volcons‘ will have been involved at some point in planting trees, building paths, clearing woodland and other activities.

But it doesn’t stop there. If you have a skill, we can probably use it! Why not contact the volunteer team today and let us know how you would like to help? Alternatively, if you would like to volunteer please complete the application form below.

Recent recruitment campaigns have brought new people to help in the dining room, as hospitality volunteers and in the grounds as conservation volunteers, joining a core of around 70 longstanding volunteers some of whom have been with us for decades!

If you fancied joining this dedicated band  you’ll get the satisfaction of being a valued part of a vibrant community and working in a fabulous setting. You’ll be offered support and training, and the opportunity to meet and mix with other volunteers. You’ll also get a taste of the peace and tranquility that Minsteracres is famous for.

You won’t be out of pocket – we’ll reimburse mileage and other expenses, though you will need your own transport as we are not well served by public transport here.

We’ll take care of the practical details: you will be properly insured, have training in health and safety, and will be treated fairly.  We will also carry out the necessary background checks before you start.

PaulinePauline Simpson has been volunteering for years. “I love it!” she says. “I love seeing the transformation from when visitors arrive harassed to death for their visit, and then see you them when they leave – they look like different people!
“My 15 year old grandson calls it home”

MarieMarie Rice is a dining room volunteer, but she also comes to events here. “I’ve been on parish retreats, and this year on the first three day walking retreat, which was great.”
She loves the atmosphere here, “There’s no hierarchies, no airs and graces, people just get on with it.”

AseAse Smith travels regularly from her home in Glasgow to volunteer in the dining room. “I felt cossetted right from the start,”she says.  “I brought a friend recently. Her mum had died and she needed space. Although she has no faith herself she felt completely accepted.”

Here is what others have said about their role as volunteers:

“Minsteracres brings a balance in my life and also in my spirit. I am very proud of being a part of Minsteracres’ life. I love the community very much. How can I put it into words…. you see when you have a family, you are giving a hand when it is needed. It is a place where you can feel the love and goodness of people around you. It is a privilege and pleasure to be a volunteer at Minsteracres.”

“At Minsteracres you get a chance to just be. No one is making demands on you and you are accepted for who you are. Coming here has allowed me to be the person I am now, and I like to think I’m a better one because of it.”

“I was overwhelmed by the welcome and total acceptance of me as an unknown individual. The tranquility of Minsteracres gives me peace. There’s so much fun to be found at Minsteracres. I love mixing with staff, community and visitors. Minsteracres beautiful location lifts my spirit. I feel safe and loved at Minsteracres.”

If you would like to apply to become a volunteer please complete and submit the following form:

Volunteer application

An application form for would be volunteers to complete before interview.