Pass on your passion – Volunteering in York

FoundationThis month we celebrated National Volunteers Week (1st-7th June) which gave us the chance to highlight some of the great work our volunteers do at Bedern Hall and thank them for being such an imperative part of the day to day working of the Hall.

Working with the local community, we act as nonprofit, with all the profits being invested straight back into the great Hall. We are a team of passionate individuals who believe in keeping the history of this great city and fantastic piece of the past, alive and present today.


One of our volunteers, Sara, has volunteered for us for a year now. Sara is a native of Turin and uses her Italian to give translated guided tours to visitors and students. Sara has helped enhance our events; at a recent tasting of Italian wines she gave tasting notes in Italian! Also, drawing on her experience of organising art exhibitions she helped create the series of art exhibitions ‘Art in the Hall’, which is attracting more visitors to Bedern and is raising funds for the hall. Sara is a fantastic addition to the team and we would like to thank her for volunteering her time and expertise to us all!



Sara – Bedern Hall Volunteer


Sheila is another one of our great volunteers. Sheila is a retired nurse, grandmother-of-four and one of our volunteer extraordinaires! Sheila is regularly at Bedern talking to visitors about the hall’s past and encouraging as many people as possible to be a part of its present and future. Sheila previously volunteered at The Treasurer’s House and Beningbrough Hall. We’d like to also take this opportunity to thank Sheila for her time and positivity for really bring out the best of the Hall and helping to spread the word to more people about our hidden gem.



Sheila – Bedern Hall Volunteer


We’d love to go through all our volunteers and tell you their story but for now we will leave it there and just say, thank you to them all!


If you enjoy history or are particularly interested in the heritage of York and would like to indulge your passion and share it with others, or have skills that you feel could help our team, please get in touch and you, with us, can help to keep the history alive. We will provide the training you need, you will just need the commitment and enthusiasm to succeed!

There are a variety of different opportunities available to match your skills and interests including:

  • Leaflet Distribution: helping distribute our leaflets around the city
  • Handyman/woman: supporting with various maintenance activities such as moving items, painting, small repair jobs
  • Courtyard gardener: providing hands-on help to make the courtyard and terrace look welcoming and attractive for all our guests and passers by
  • Events helper: helping set up and manage events at the Hall
  • ‘Friends of Bedern Hall: joining the dedicated team of volunteers to run and organise events and set up activities and new initiatives
  • Suggest a role: We are also always open to new support to help the Hall, so if there is something else that we haven’t mentioned above that requires the skills you have, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate!

Find more about our Volunteer Role Description and send us your Volunteer Interest Form. This will indicate where you would like to help us and use your skills and we will be in touch with you, we look forward to hearing from you!