Volunteer and donate to sheffield manor lodge

Work on an amazing site with one of our friendly teams, share skills, gain experience, have a good chat and all while helping a good cause.    

Sheffield Manor Lodge is run with huge support from our amazing volunteers. They help us develop, run and share all that is going on. It is their dedication and passion that bring that bring our site to life for visitors and truly make it special

Whether you are looking to work in our historic spaces, the great outdoors or behind the scenes we have opportunities to suit all interests and time commitments. We welcome people from all walks of life, with no experience needed.

Tour Guide

Tour guides share the stories of our site and its landscape with our visitors. You will lead tours around our historic ruins and find engaging ways to talk about our wide-ranging history to all of our visitors. No prior knowledge of our site is needed, only a passion for storytelling and an interest in sharing stories with a wide-range of people.

Lead tours around our historic ruins and in our Turret House
Provide great customer service by answering questions from our visitors
Be an active part of a small team

We are looking for support on Sundays.
Time commitment is flexible.

Call us on 0114 276 2828 or email: visit@greenestate.org to have a chat or sign up for a taster session
Bess of Hardwick in the Turret House

Costume Interpreters 

Costumed interpreters help bring the stories of our site to life. Using costume and props, you will share with our family visitors what life was like on our site in the past. If you enjoy being creative and want to engage children and their families in our stories, then this role is for you. We can provide you with a costume (or you can provide your own!) and help you craft a character suitable for our site.

Be friendly, welcoming and confident interacting with our visitors
Make memorable moments for children and their families visiting our site
Be involved in our public open days and events

We are looking for support on Sundays, throughout the school holidays and for school education sessions. 

Call us on 0114 276 2828 or email: visit@greenestate.org to have a chat or sign up for a taster session
Volunteer visitor experience assistants at sheffield manor lodge

Visitor Experience Assistants

Visitor Experience Assistants help provide a warm and engaging customer service. They will welcome customers, serve refreshments, and help keep the Discovery Centre looking at its best. This role is for you if you are cheerful and like to meet new people.

Put your great hospitality skills into practice
Use the till and serve refreshments
Be keen to be part of a small team

We are looking for support on Sundays and throughout the school holidays.
Time commitment is flexible.

Call us on 0114 276 2828 or email: visit@greenestate.org to have a chat or sign up for a taster session
Garden volunteer at sheffield manor lodge

Garden Team 

This role is perfect if you want to add practical experience to your horticultural or land-based studies, or if you enjoy gardening, want to try it out for the first time or simply want to take advantage of the mental and physical health benefits of being outside and getting your hands dirty. You will be shown what to do and how to use tools safely and no experience is necessary.

Work within the grounds of the historic Sheffield Manor Lodge as well as the Manor Oaks House wedding garden and enjoy making our grounds look gorgeous.
Undertake general garden maintenance tasks such as weeding, edging, and pruning.
Enjoy being part of a friendly and welcoming group who enjoy getting things done, in addition to a well-earned cup of tea.

This group meets every Tuesday from 10am – 2:30pm, with one hour for lunch.

Call us on 0114 276 2828 or email: visit@greenestate.org to have a chat or sign up for a taster session
Volunteer Education and Activity Assistant at Sheffield Manor Lodge

Education and Activity Assistants

Education and Activity Assistants help bring our nature and Tudor stories to life. You’ll know how to engage with children and their families, but you do not need to have any teaching experience to volunteer for this role. With a passion for nature and / or history we will provide the rest.

Work alongside our Education Officer to deliver to school groups
Be kind and helpful to our families that visit and take part in our activities
Help to keep the Discovery Centre just as you’d like to find it
Be keen to get involved and be an active part of a small team

We’re looking for support throughout the year and for our open Sundays. 
Time commitment is flexible.

Call us on 0114 276 2828 or email: visit@greenestate.org to have a chat or sign up for a taster session

We think Sheffield Manor Lodge is a fabulous place to volunteer, but don't take our word for it...    

"I’ve learnt a lot, shared good times and the companionship of the other volunteers, swapped knowledge, delighted in the sunshine and endured the rain. Over the past year, with the challenges of covid my time spent gardening has offered me a real sense of wellbeing and purpose, at times it did feel to be a bit of a lifeline. It is a beautiful site and it’s fab to be able to contribute to making it lovely and knowing others will enjoy our efforts.
So what keeps me coming back? Well all of the above plus the tea and chocky biscuits provided by Jayne. What more could I ask for?"
Garden team
"It keeps me going. Sitting here having talking, having a laugh and a joke. That sums it all up for me”. 

Pauline is one be one of the first faces people will meet
when they visit, with more stories than could ever fit here.

"I could write a book! And when I do, I'll be sure to write it with a Tudor quill!".
Visitor Experience Assistant
"I began volunteering to gain some experience for a change of career into horticulture. It's been a great experience. The sessions are always really varied and interesting. In the autumn and winter we've been harvesting fruit, coppicing willow, pruning roses and clearing borders, alongside general maintenance tasks, like weeding and edging. We planted up some new borders in Spring and I'm looking forward to seeing the plants grow and all our hard work pay off. I've made some lovely friends since I've been coming and really look forward it each week."
Garden team
"The work around the historic site and helping keep the grounds, which have been sympathetically and imaginatively planted by Green Estate, maintained is a real pleasure. Apart from the interest of the site, it’s a fabulous resource which is well used by local groups, schools and the Discovery Centre is a real asset. The historical interest extends throughout the site, even the boundary wall is fascinating. It’s a great project to be involved with. I volunteer because I want to keep active and involved, it gives me a focus in the week and I enjoy meeting people."
Garden team
"I've volunteered at Sheffield Manor Lodge since 2015 but have visited many times since being a small child.

I enjoy volunteering because there's always a new skill that you can pick up or develop throughout the season. Whether that be different crafts or foraging with visitors when it's fruit picking season."
Visitor team
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Green Estate / Sheffield Manor Lodge:
389 Manor Lane
S2 1UL
Phone: 0114 276 2828
Email: visit@greenestate.org
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