Here at Gaunts we have always welcomed volunteers to help with the running of the house and gardens.
We currently accept ‘wwoofers‘, who work predominantly in the garden and Resident Volunteers who are more house focused. We also accept Local ‘Day’ Volunteers for a variety of roles.
All Wwoofers & Resident Volunteers are asked to work for 30 hours per week, over 5 days, in return for a small single room with shared bathroom facilities, in one of our converted outbuildings, and food.
Volunteers, wwoofers & staff eat together in the staff room. We serve three meals a day; breakfast, which is ‘help yourself’ cereals, toast & fruit, lunch which is often soup & salad, and then a more substantial evening meal. Tea/coffee & other hot drinks are available at all times. All our food is vegetarian and a vegan or gluten free diet can be catered for.
We have a chef who caters for the guests (and for staff, W&Vs when we have guests in), but when the chef has days off, we are responsible for cooking for ourselves and take it in turns.
We provide clean bed linen & towels and have a washing machine and tumble drier for wwwofers & volunteers to use for their personal laundry. We recommend that you bring plenty of warm clothing.
Resident Volunteers undertake a wide variety of duties to keep the house running smoothly for the benefit of all and to look after the guests who come to Gaunts House for residential courses.
- Setting up workshop rooms for the course leaders – moving furniture and equipment.
- ‘Pantry’ – setting up the dining rooms for meals, clearing away afterwards and washing up.
- Sweeping & mopping floors, and keeping the tea & coffee area clean, tidy and stocked up.
- ‘Bin duty’ – emptying the rubbish, compost & recycling bins daily.
- In the winter months we have log fires which need to laid and stocked with logs.
- From time to time there may be painting and decorating to be done, wood to be chopped, or other tasks.
- Additional help as required by the Garden, Kitchen, or Maintenance teams.
Wwoofers work for 25 hours per week in the garden and upto an additional 5 hours a week on the general household tasks above.
The gardens include formally planted areas, a medicinal and culinary herb garden, polytunnel, greenhouses and a large walled garden producing organic fruit and veg. Woofers and volunteers are expected to work in all areas of the garden during their stay. Tasks in the garden vary seasonally – you could be planting, weeding, pruning, mowing the grass, harvesting produce, digging or mulching to name just a few! Please be aware that some of the tasks are physically demanding and we work in all weather conditions.
We are able to accommodate individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent certain activities, if these are declared on applying.
Our minimum stay is one month for wwoofers & residential volunteers. Longer stays are possible by mutual agreement following one month trial.
If you are interested in joining us as a Resident Volunteer, a Wwoofer or Local (day) Volunteer please complete the application form below. We aim to respond within one week.
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