Do you love history, the outdoors and meeting
If so, why not join our friendly and enthusiastic team of volunteers.
Volunteering in Northampton
From being a tour guide around the Abbey, to helping with our events and functions or keeping the gardens in tip-top condition, there are plenty of inspiring and fulfilling volunteering opportunities at Delapré Abbey for you to help out in.
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Why should I volunteer at Delapré Abbey?
The benefits of volunteering in Northampton at Delapré Abbey are wide ranging and extremely satisfying.
Not only will you be able to learn and contribute your knowledge, passion and skills to tasks which help you and the Abbey grow, but you’ll also meet new people, engage with visitors and know that you’re part of something special.
We fully support all volunteers in their roles. So whether you’re looking to develop skills, build confidence or just want to give something back, Delapré Abbey is a great place for you.
We look forward to welcoming you.
What could I get involved in?
There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with at Delapré Abbey. Here is just a selection of the roles:
- Tour guide – Providing friendly and knowledgeable tours of the Abbey
- Front of House volunteer – Supporting our Visitor Welcome Team
- Learning volunteer – Assisting with educational activities on site such as school visits or informal events such as parties
- Event volunteer – Supporting the extensive programme of events
- Maintenance volunteer – Helping maintain the building and facilities
- Garden volunteer – Keeping the Walled Garden and Outer Gardens in tip-top condition
- Research volunteer – Continuing the development of our knowledge and understanding of the history of the Abbey and its people
…and many more.
What’s the next step towards volunteering in Northampton?
It’s easy and simple – just send us an email or give us a phone call to say what role you might be interested in getting involved with. We’ll put your details into our volunteer register and then invite you along to a Volunteer Welcome Day.
Our Volunteer Welcome Days are held twice a year so that a whole new group of volunteers can start together. At this event, you will find out all about Delapré Abbey, its history, and the role opportunities. You’ll also get a chance to speak to staff and ask any questions you have before completing our volunteer form.
So don’t hesitate: get in touch today – we’d love to welcome you to the team.
Tel: 01604 760817 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of ways to help support Delapré Abbey – from becoming a volunteer, joining in on our events, sharing your stories and pictures, to making a donation towards the future of the building.
Recruitment for volunteer roles is now open. For more information contact our Volunteer and Engagement Manager, Barbara, on email@example.com
Would you like to work for the Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, helping to keep the buildings and grounds alive for visitors to enjoy? View our job opportunities below.
Fixed Term Consultant Contract for the Production of Site Master Plans for Delapré Abbey
Location: Delapré Abbey, Northampton
Budget: Maximum of £33,000, Excluding VAT
Delapré Abbey is seeking to engage professional services to develop a Master plan to understand how the Abbey, parkland, and upcoming 19th century stable block project sits within the wider context of the area – and the opportunities that are being created through the Towns Fund, Placemaking and Future High Streets projects, led by the newly formed unitary West Northamptonshire Council.
A Master Plan will enable us to understand the existing heritage and cultural assets within the Delapré Abbey Estate and potential that exists in the wider town – guiding which activities and support services should be operated from within the Abbey and stable complex. Master Planning will help to deliver economies of scale and enable a longer term, more cohesive and sustainable direction for the Abbey.
As a key part of this work, we would also seek to carry out more up to date, post pandemic consultation and research to ensure that we are working in line with demands and needs of our community and visitors, and to continue the dialogue that we have with our stakeholders.
The consultant position offers the opportunity to set out a large piece of strategic work that revitalises and redefines the way the Abbey works with our stakeholders, the local community and our wide range of visitors, ensuring our long-term resilience.
The Master Plan will also mean that we are able to make changes in interpretation to improve the visitor experience. We will then be well placed in terms of access, with an updated and active diversity and inclusion strategy, with a robust business plan in place and in a position to commit to the next development that will drive long term and lasting impact to the future of the Abbey, from 2022 and beyond.
The Abbey is located in the Far Cotton & Delapré area of Northampton, which is one of the top 10% most deprived wards in the country. It is intended that the plan will greatly enrich the visitor offer and experience, increasing dwell time, and build upon the existing heritage of the abbey and parkland, creating a cultural and wellbeing destination for the region, increasing visitors to and spending in the local economy.
The Master Planning consultant will report into the Chief Executive Officer. There is an expectation that the appointed consultant will work closely alongside the Delapré Abbey team and other appointed consultants to mutually inform and feed into other work streams related to the development of the Stable Blocks.
This important role has been funded thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s third round of DCMS Culture Recovery Funding, and the work and outputs from this funding will be evaluated accordingly. As part of this process, the applicant may need to complete an evaluation interview or other related tasks.
Permanent Weddings and Events Executive
Location: Delapré Abbey, Northampton
Salary – £23,000-25,000 per annum
Deadline: Tuesday 11th October 2022, 12noon
Interview: w/c 17th October 2022
Delapré Abbey is seeking to expand the team with a Weddings and Events Executive to work with the Head of Commercial and Operations to sell and promote Delapré Abbey as a venue for all functions, events and hires. They shall work with the Head of Commercial and Operations to develop different strands of the business for weddings, including but not limited to catering, accommodation and locations.
The executive must coordinate and deliver weddings and events from initial enquiry through to booked events, functions and group visits, with associated duties as required. The position holder will need to organise all room allocation, booking using the event tracking system across the site that avoids clashes, allocates resources, alerts the full team to upcoming events and enables good communication with external partners.
As part of the position, the executive will work with the Head of Audiences and Communication to identify marketing and sales techniques and opportunities for weddings, and to support with content generation and marketing planning. They will also provide copy of marketing content within the agreed timeframes to the Head of Audiences and Communication.
Anti-social hours will be required on Saturdays based on an agreed monthly pattern. The Weddings and Events Executive will report into the Head of Commercial and Operations. There is an expectation that the Weddings and Events Executive will communicate effectively with the Delapré Abbey team to ensure the smooth delivery of all weddings and events.