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

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

Covid: Please note we are still safely volunteering on the ship and observe distancing regulations. 

Become a Volunteer

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 preparing for restoration or even making the tea. 

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.


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 different, others because they like a challenge! In all cases, they volunteer to enjoy themselves and be part of a cheerful group achieving something special. 

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.


Would you like to volunteer?

If you would like to try your hand at volunteering on board SS Freshspring as a Ship Steward, please download the Volunteer form, complete and post it 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 peter.gillett@ssfreshspring.co.uk

If you’d prefer to help in other ways, please contact: info@ssfreshspring.co.uk

If in doubt, come down to the ship on a Wednesday between 10 and 4pm or a Sunday between 11am and 4pm!