Abbot House is primarily run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and offer incredible support to the charity through their daily work. Abbot House is proud to have won silver awards in the Fife and Scottish National Business Diversity Awards 2013, and is an equal-opportunity employer.
If you would like to join our team, working in our busy and atmospheric café, in our shop stocked with local Scottish gifts, in our beautiful walled garden, or as one of our knowledgeable information assistants or guides, then please get in touch. We welcome volunteers regardless of experience: our only requirement is enthusiasm!
We are always looking for new volunteers at Abbot House. Why not get in touch, and let us know how we can design a volunteering experience for you?
You can contact us at our Contact page
Meet Our Volunteers
Our guides are a crucial part of the Abbot House experience, offering free of charge, personalised tours for visitors, helping them to explore Abbot House’s fascinating history. Like all our volunteers, our guides work with us for a wide range of reasons, but most are passionate about local history. As guide Fay says, ‘I started volunteering at Abbot House because I am interested in history, and meeting people. I wanted to be part of something that is saving our heritage for future generations. I love the atmosphere in the house and garden, and meeting people from all around the world. I am proud Abbot House has been saved for our town.’
OUR GARDEN TEAM
Our beautiful walled garden is cared for by a great team of volunteers, who research the appropriate plants to grow, look after our fruit trees and bushes, tend the herb garden, and try to keep the ever-growing Abbot House hop plant in check!
Gardeners Mary, Kate, Sara, Keir, and Steven stop their work in the wild garden to pose in the sunshine!
WORK EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERS
Work at Abbot House offers valuable experience in a range of areas, from kitchen work to conservation! Some volunteers are students preparing for future jobs in museums and heritage. Naomi, a student in History and Archaeology at Edinburgh, says ‘I have developed skills in collections management, exhibition installation, and interpretation.’
Naomi and Tommy install a display of conserved 18th- and 19th- century prints of the local area.