Get Involved

Do you love history, the outdoors and meeting
new people?

If so, why not join our friendly and enthusiastic team of volunteers.

We are also recruiting for a variety of roles  – please scroll down to the bottom of this page for more details and to apply.

We are keen to hear from anyone with good DIY skills who is interested in becoming a Restoration & Repair volunteer. This vital role will help to look after this wonderful heritage building. Find out more here.

  • 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.

    Already a volunteer?

    Log in to the volunteer portal ‘here’

  • 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.

    Morning Guided tour at Delapré Abbey
  • 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. Download a role profile here.
    • 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:

    Job Opportunities

    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:

    Fundraising Officer

    Salary: £15,000 per annum (21 hours p/week)
    Contract: Fixed term until January 2026, with option to extend subject to funding
    Submission deadline:
    Wednesday 24th May, 12noon
    Interview: w/c Monday 5th June

    This post will play a key role in assisting in the development, management and delivery of Delapré Abbey’s fundraising strategy: particularly as we embark on a major programme of capital works to the 19th century stables, with the aim of transforming them into a wellbeing and wellness hub to benefit our visitors and communities.  Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, this will include supporting a range of projects across a wide spectrum of fundraising mechanisms including: donor engagement and development; fundraising in line with the strategic objectives; community fundraising; events; commercial marketing and Gift Aid opportunities (through events, the shop, and hospitality).

    The Fundraising Officer will work alongside consultants and the wider team to develop fundraising plans and applications for the project. Our consultants are managing major grant applications to support the project in the Stable Block and coworking and collaboration on fundraising strategy and implementation will be required, to ensure that funding is in place to rollout the activity plans and day to day running of the Abbey.

    Please note: we are also interested in speaking to consultants who consider that they could satisfy the role requirements.

    Download an application pack

    Head of Operations and Projects

    Salary: £35,000 plus per annum (D.O.E)
    Contract: Permanent
    Submission deadline:
    Sunday 4th June, 12noon
    Interview: Friday 9th June

    The Head of Operations and Projects is responsible for leading the strategic and effective day-to-day operation of all aspects of the Trust, ensuring the Trust reaches its full potential. Maximising the potential of the Trust’s properties, landscapes, services, technology, and facilities for the purpose of delivering an excellent experience for all customers.

    The Head of Operations and Projects is driven by high quality, consistent, well organised, presentable, and inspiring venues, visitor attractions, services, and teams. With a focus on the future asset and operational needs, the post holder will also oversee the day-to-day control, ensuring that every detail is considered in preparing and presenting fit for purpose operations. The post holder will oversee every aspect of operational planning that will ensure the sites are open, staffed, and well-resourced to meet customer and user expectations and Trust standards. The Head of Operations and Projects shall inspire and lead teams to develop and deliver high quality customer focused experiences. The post holder will ensure the development and delivery of the Trust’s strategic plan and importantly the masterplan that sets out key projects over the next 15 years. The head will also inform long-term operational, capital, venue, technology/IT and visitor attraction strategies.

    To be an exceptional line-manager and leader that motivates, enables and coaches a team of function and front-line specialists, of permanent, full/part time and seasonal/casual staff and volunteers. As a leadership team member, to inspire and motivate the whole team, present and communicate progress, success and performance and encourage everyone to make their very best contributions to the Trust and by negotiating, presenting and through engagement, the Head of Operations and Projects will be a strong leader, with exceptional communication skills, organisation and people management expertise providing confidence to all who they engage with. Through policy development and implementation, the Director will drive a consistent level of efficiency and effectiveness across all the Trust’s operations.

    The Head of Operations and Projects is performance driven and gains satisfaction from achievement, success and high performance. To represent the Trust and communicate complex and detailed projects and strategies to a very high standard to mixed audiences. To embrace and respond to working within a changing environment showing the initiative to develop and grow. To take responsibility for delegated or emerging activity deemed by the Chief Executive commensurate with the role.

    The Head of Operations and Projects has two direct reports. The post holder also has management of project contracted services as required. The Heads team all work together to share expertise to achieve success for the Trust, and support the development of a high performing environment.

    Download an application pack

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