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Volunteer Stories: Alex and Esme

Last month, two local students volunteered at Middleton Hall for their work experience placements. Both Alex and Esme had worked with us before, and we were delighted to welcome them back! It’s really great to be able to support young people and help them achieve their future ambitions.

Alex, aged 17, is currently completing his A-Levels, and is interested in pursuing a career in wildlife conservation. He spent two days with the Head Gardener and his team of volunteers doing gardening and grounds maintenance. He did jobs such as weeding and planting, and helped layout new information signs in the herb garden. He then spent two days researching the conservation of bees and producing notice boards that are now on display in the walled garden.

Why did you want to volunteer here?

I volunteered here because I wanted to gain experience in conservation and working in the natural world, such as gardening and grounds maintenance. I also wanted to study the local wildlife.

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering at Middleton Hall?

I have enjoyed meeting the other volunteers and getting to work with them, also because I had met some of them the first time I came here.  I have also enjoyed working outdoors because it’s the field of work I would like to pursue.

What do you feel you have gained from volunteering at Middleton Hall?

I feel like I’ve gained more of an understanding on the need for conservation and why it needs to be protected. I’ve also gained confidence when talking to new people such as the other volunteers and I’ve gained experience in working as a team.

Esme, also aged 17, is currently doing her A-Levels, and wanted to gain some valuable work experience for future university and job applications. Esme worked with our visitors, selling admission tickets at Front of House, and also helped set up for our group visits. She also completed office admin tasks such as making phone calls and data entry.

Why did you volunteer here?                  

I volunteered at Middleton Hall to gain experience of working with the public. I am quite shy, so wanted to boost my confidence. It’s a friendly organisation and the location is beautiful.

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering at Middleton Hall?

I really enjoyed talking to visitors and catering for guests. It was nice to hear feedback about their visit. The Tame Valley Wetlands celebration event was hectic, but it was great to experience working in a fast-paced environment.

What do you feel you have gained from volunteering at Middleton Hall?

I have gained confidence in speaking to a variety of different people and experience of how events are run. The experience I have gained will look great on university and job applications, and will prepare me for future interviews and public-facing roles.

Thank you, Alex and Esme, we really enjoyed working with you. Are you interested in gaining work experience? Get in touch!

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