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

There are many essential ways to volunteer in Devon on board the SS Freshspring, depending on your interests. For example, 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.

Volunteers on board SS Freshspring

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.

Volunteers on board SS Freshspring
Volunteers on board SS Freshspring

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 a volunteering in Devon on board SS Freshspring, 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 peter.gillett@ssfreshspring.co.uk. If you’d prefer to help in other ways please contact Simon Tattersall on 01237 423169 or simon.tattersall@ssfreshspring.co.uk.

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

We would be delighted to see you! 

Get in touch. Get involved.

To find out more, get involved with the Steamship Freshspring Trust, tell us your story or about your visit to SS Freshspring, get in contact.  We would love to hear from you.


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Steamship Freshspring Trust (Registered office address)
Lower Cleave
Devon EX39 2RH
United Kingdom


SS Freshspring is berthed at Landivisiau Walk, Bideford, EX39 2BX with parking nearby.

Please contact us for opening hours and for group tours.

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