The National Trust's Riversdale is looking for new volunteers to join their friendly team and help make a big difference.
Located in Goulburn, Riversdale is an estate with a rich history and is a fascinating place to visit which is only made possible by the continuous efforts of many volunteers over the years.
Standing within its original paddocks and outbuildings, Riversdale is a fine example of a colonial Georgian home.
Edward Twynam, the NSW Surveyor-General bought it in 1875 and it remained the family home until 1967.
Sketches and furniture crafted by his wife, Emily Twynam, still decorate the home.
The heritage site is surrounded by splendid gardens, perfect for picnics and special events.
While this makes it a beautiful spot for visitors, it also makes it a fantastic place to volunteer.
The National Trust recently welcomed a new Southern Region property manager, Nicole Taylor. who is supporting the operations and volunteers at Cooma Cottage, Harper's Mansion, Golden Vale and Riversdale.
She brings great enthusiasm and experience to the role having previously worked for the National Trust UK.
"It is a rewarding role working with so many passionate volunteers to bring heritage to life for visitors of our properties and for future generations," Ms Taylor said.
"It is an exciting time for the National Trust.
"Our properties have been gradually reopening since early November and we are looking to re-start our program of events in 2022.
"As our properties open more frequently, we are hoping to welcome new volunteers."
"Some of our volunteers were recently recognised at the annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards which are the largest celebration of volunteering in the country.
"I'd encourage anyone considering volunteering to get in touch via our website."
Available positions include tour guiding, serving in the gift shop, taking care of the collection items, and looking after the gardens. All relevant training will be provided.
Volunteers can give a few hours, half a day or a whole day weekly, fortnightly or monthly and receive free or discounted access to National Trust sites around NSW for their time.
People who love heritage, historic places and picturesque gardens and who enjoy meeting new people are urged to apply by visiting nationaltrust.org.au/Volunteers-nsw/.
A community organisation, the National Trust regularly opens 21 heritage properties across the state and welcomes visitors to enjoy built, culture and natural heritage.
Riversdale is open every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, but check the National Trust website for opening times over the Christmas break.
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