Thank you to everyone who volunteers at Hospitalfield.
For Volunteers Week we asked some of our volunteers to tell us a little about themselves, what makes them want to work with us, and how their experience has been.
Volunteers are vital to the work that we do at Hospitalfield, bringing skills, knowledge and enthusiasm and providing their time with the greatest generosity. We welcome people from all walks of life to take part and there are plenty of ways to get involved including gardening, history & heritage, exhibitions events & our meander walking group.
For further information, and how to get involved and sign up to volunteer visit https://hospitalfield.org.uk/support/volunteer/
“I’m a full-time, unpaid carer for my daughter. In 2020 I did an introductory Horticultural course at college (as my husband was working from home) and have continued with online courses as it is easier to fit in with my caring commitments.
I started volunteering in the gardens of Hospitalfield whilst at college, helping to rebuild the garden following the lead of the head gardener.
Volunteering has enabled me to develop my practical horticultural skills that I don’t get with my online learning. It has improved my mental health, giving me greater confidence in myself. I also feel like I am giving something back to a community who have help myself and my family in the recent years.”
Gill – Garden Volunteer
“I came to volunteering at Hospitalfield after 35 years as a Senior Social Work Manager. I needed an escape! Happily, it hasn’t mattered that I have no background in historical art, documents, architecture etc – just a lively interest has been enough.
Over the last 6 years my work with the collection care group has involved close examination, documentation and storage work with paintings, furniture, family possessions within the beautiful, quirky environment of Hospitalfield. Although the house is full of historic, valuable items, it doesn’t feel at all like a museum. It has a vibrant, relaxed and lived in sense, with visiting students, artists and groups mixing easily with volunteers. I can’t imagine anywhere else like it!
Being a volunteer here has been fascinating- always something different to discover or be done, and things to learn. It’s never boring. And helping to care for the history and ongoing life of this place feels very worthwhile. It helps too that my fellow volunteers are a really good bunch of helpful, interesting folk – and share a great sense of humour!”
Ann – Collections Management Volunteer
“I’ve been volunteering with Hospitalfield since the summer of 2021. I’m currently reading up on the history and art at Hospitalfield in order to become a volunteer guide for house tours. I’ve previously helped out with the production of events during the Arbroath 2020+1 programme, and I especially enjoyed the opportunity of working on the collaborative production between Hospitalfield and Aproxima last autumn, Over Lunan.
When I’m not at Hospitalfield, I’m studying contemporary art at college. I’m a University of Aberdeen graduate with a major/minor degree in law and music. I worked as a youth worker after graduation – which I loved – but I’m now back in school and retraining: I’m hoping to become an art therapist in the future. I’m loving having the time and space to scope out different areas of art practice right now and I haven’t settled on a specialism yet.
More often than not, you’ll find me zipping about Angus on my bike as I’m also an aspiring amateur triathlete. I enjoy my open water swimming adventures (as I’ll enthusiastically tell anyone, whether they asked or not) and I’m always looking for new routes to explore with my trusty ‘steel horse’.”
CJ – House Tour Guide and Events