Volunteering is at the heart of our work at Gunnersbury and it is through our volunteers that many of our projects and events are able to happen.

If you are interested in history, horticulture, education or events and would like to get involved at Gunnersbury, there is a wide range of volunteering opportunities across the park and museum – we’ll give you any training you need. As well as becoming more involved in your local community, volunteering is a great way to develop new skills and meet new people. There will also be opportunities to visit other sites and enjoy various social events.

Take a look at our current volunteering opportunities. If you aren’t sure if any of these are for you or are looking for something a bit different, we’d still love to hear from you. Email us at HowellAn@ealing.gov.uk and tell us about yourself.

  • Event Volunteers

    This volunteer will be working closely with our Public Programme Officer to offer a diverse range of activities and events that highlight the rich history of Ealing and Hounslow. This is an exciting opportunity to find out more about how public events are organised and run in a heritage environment. Friendly, creative and enthusiastic, Event Volunteers are eager to get involved. They are vital to ensuring that there is an exciting and innovative range of events on offer and that they all run smoothly.

    Working with: Public Programmes Officer

    Department: Public Programmes

    How you’ll help

    • Helping create and distribute promotional materials
    • Supervising the distribution and completion of feedback and release forms
    • Supporting the set up and take down of events, on and off site
    • Creating and posting event information on social media
    • Assisting with problem solving to ensure the smooth running of events
    • Assisting with event related admin tasks
    • Photographing events

    Who makes a good volunteer?

    We’re looking for people who enjoy being with, and can communicate well with, a wide variety of people. Reliability and an eye for presentation are essential qualities, along with enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong interest in providing accessible events for a diverse range of groups. This is a great role for someone who is looking to gain skills in events, programme planning and working with community groups in the heritage sector. For more detailed information regarding this role, please read the following document.

    Event Volunteer RD

    Full training will be provided for all volunteers.

    To apply for this position, complete the application form below and send it by post to Volunteer & Visitor Experience Officer, Small Mansion, Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ or email it to HowellAn@ealing.gov.uk.

    Event Volunteer Application Form

  • Museum Volunteers

    Museum Volunteers will help our visitors enjoy our beautiful, newly refurbished Museum. They will spend time in the galleries and historic rooms encouraging visitors to engage with Gunnersbury’s heritage, natural environment and fascinating local history collections. They will employ great communication skills to share their passion and enthusiasm for local social history with a diverse range of people.

    When: Weekly

    Working with: Gunnersbury Park and Museum Volunteers, Visitor Assistants and the Volunteer & Visitor Experience Officer

    Department: Visitor Experience

     

    How you’ll help

    • Manning the galleries and historic rooms
    • Helping support our many exciting events and activities
    • Enthusiastically sharing knowledge about the Museum, collection, Park and local history with a wide range of visitors

    Who makes a good volunteer?

     

    We’re looking for people who enjoy being with, and can communicate well with, a wide variety of people. Reliability and good timekeeping are essential qualities, along with enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong interest in helping others to engage with heritage and history. This is a great role for someone who loves sharing their stories, spending time chatting with people who share their interests and learning new things. Download the following document for further information.

    Museum Volunteer RD

    Full training will be provided for all volunteers.

    To apply for this position, complete the application form below and send it by post to Volunteer & Visitor Experience Officer, Small Mansion, Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ or email it to HowellAn@ealing.gov.uk.

    GPM Museum Volunteer Application Form

  • Community Kitchen Garden Volunteers

    The Community Kitchen Garden is situated within one of the original walled gardens that once provided Gunnersbury’s occupants with edible produce and cut flowers. Volunteers have been developing the site since 2012 with the aim of reviving the culture of food growing at Gunnersbury.

    Friendly and informal, our gardening sessions are a great way to meet new people and develop your gardening skills, as well as spending time outside and getting exercise! Produce grown in the garden is shared by the volunteers.

    When: Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 or flexible.

    Working with: Head Gardener

    Department: Horticulture

    How you’ll help

    • Supporting the Head Gardener and other volunteers to develop and maintain the kitchen garden.
    • Assisting with general seasonal gardening duties that may include sowing seeds, planting, weeding, watering, digging beds and other tasks as and when required by the Head Gardener.
    • Participating in horticulture and conservation projects in the wider parkland.
    • Engaging with visitors to the park and talking to them about the garden.

    Who makes a good volunteer?

    If you’re interested in gardening, enjoy working with others and have plenty of energy, enthusiasm and a positive attitude we’d love to hear from you!

    Volunteers are required to attend Health & Safety training.

    To apply for this position please complete the following form or contact us at HowellAn@ealing.gov.uk.

    Community Garden Volunteer RD

    Community Garden Volunteer Application Form

  • Learning Volunteers

    Our Learning Volunteers support activities and events across the park and museum, engaging our visitors with Gunnersbury’s heritage and natural environment. We run a variety of formal and informal sessions, events and activities for a range of audiences, from young children to adults.

    When: As and when

    Working with: Formal Learning Officer / Communities Officer / Public Programmes Officer

    Department: Learning Service

    How you’ll help

    • Supporting the workshop leaders prepare for activities e.g. setting up chairs/tables/floor mats to prepare the learning space, and organising workshop resources such as props, costumes and art materials.
    • Providing hands-on support during the workshop e.g. assisting teachers and children or families with activities, distributing equipment, leading small groups etc.
    • Assisting with tidying up after the workshop.

    Who makes a good volunteer?

    We’re looking for people who enjoy being with – and can communicate well with – children, young people and adults. Reliability and good timekeeping are essential qualities, along with energy, enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong interest in engaging others with heritage and history. Not all workshops are held inside, so you should enjoy being outdoors as well.

    Learning volunteers are required to attend training in learning activity provision for children, young people and families, as well as Health & Safety training.
    Please note that this position will require a DBS check.

    Travel expenses within London will be reimbursed.

    To apply for this position please contact us at gunnersburylearning@ealing.gov.uk. If you are interested in getting involved in a particular aspect of our Learning Service please let us know.