Volunteering is a vital resource to the Trust achieving its aims.

Volunteers working together

There are many essential ways to volunteer depending on your interests. For example, administration, fundraising, attending events, public relations, maritime skills, educational experience, finance, legal and procurement.

Working volunteers are welcome and considerably contribute to ongoing restoration. There is a great variety of tasks, no matter what your ability, both ashore and onboard.

Please contact us to discuss what will be appropriate and enjoyable for you.

Even an hour a week will make a difference and the ongoing sense of achievement as a contributor to this exciting project will be a just reward.


What do volunteers do?

Essentially we have three groups:

Ship Volunteers

Every Wednesday we have volunteers who work on the ship. Some are chipping and painting, welding, working on wood, repairing electrics, rebuilding pumps or similar machinery, while others may be in the engine room assessing work to be done there. 

Ship Stewards

Volunteering as a Ships Steward is a really rewarding way to be part of a team and help members of the public to enjoy the ship. We open every Sunday in the summer season from 11:30-16:00 and have a rota of Volunteer Stewards who welcome visitors aboard. Our new tour guide leaflet directs visitors around the ship, with our Volunteer Stewards on hand to help with any queries. No previous experience is needed as full "on the job" training is given. It's a great way to enjoy the quay on a sunny Sunday afternoon!

Trust Volunteers

This group looks after the running of the organisation – planning the way forward, fundraising, dealing with contracts, meeting potential sponsors / funders, accounting, marketing, PR, running our website, handling our IT needs etc. We may be a Charity but we have the same day to day needs as any small business.

Volunteers and the New Wheelhouse

Who volunteers?

Some volunteer because they have a skill they want to use, some because they like the camaraderie  of meeting other people, some because they fancy doing something outside, others because they like a challenge! In all cases they volunteer to enjoy themselves and be part of a group trying to achieve something.

Seawater Pump refurb

What skills do volunteers need? 

The short answer is none! If you have a skill and want to use it to help us that’s great, but we welcome anyone who just wants to get involved in some way, regardless of their ability.

Welder in action

Would you like to volunteer?

If you would like to Volunteer, please download the Volunteer form, complete and post to the address or email us, details at the bottom of the form: Download the Steamship Freshspring Volunteer Form(pdf)

If you’d like to volunteer on the ship, please contact Pete Gillett on 01237 237183 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you’d prefer to help in other ways please contact Simon Tattersall on 01237 423169 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

If in doubt, come down to the ship on a Wednesday or Sunday between 10am and 4pm! We would be delighted to hear from you!

Some Quotes from our Volunteers:

I was a shipwright at Appledore. Ships and boats were my life of work and to volunteer was my great love, which I really enjoy and the company are a great team.

Just moved to the area having retired and wanted an interest to keep me motivated.

Wanted to increase my circle of friends.

Wanted to put my engineering expertise to good use to assist in fulfilling the goals of the Freshspring Trust.

I was advised to keep out from under my wife’s feet.

It brings back memories of when I was at sea. In the early70’s with Shell tankers.

I have never worked with steam before and knew very little about it.

I have never worked on a ship before.

An appetite to meet and work with new people.