Barnes Close operates with two types of volunteers.

Firstly there are a number of people from local churches who assist as required in the kitchen, cleaning, bed making, ironing, serving meals, filing, office work, telephone answering, gardening and in a host of other ways.

If you can offer time to help in the garden pleasse contact Ian

Secondly young people (normally aged 18-25 years) come and join the residential team for between 2 and 12 months. They are involved in all aspects of running Barnes Close and in the leadership of CfR events. We have welcomed volunteers from Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Serbia Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden and the USA.

If you are interested in volunteering at Barnes Close please read the ‘Why We Welcome Volunteers’ and ‘Living at Barnes Close’ pages and then contact Ian

Here are some comments from previous volunteers

Mackenzie (female) from the USA writes: Barnes Close was a wonderful place to be. I was there for about six weeks, and really enjoyed it. It has a good atmosphere, and its not too intense if you don’t mind doing a lot of washing up in the kitchen and cleaning rooms after guests leave. Make sure to bring a good pair of shoes for walking through the hills around the conference center more though. It is a very beautiful place to walk but can be muddy, and its the quickest way to the village.
I had a great experience that I wont forget!

Alex (female) from France writes: Very good atmosphere, good organization in the work and very good accommodation. It’s the perfect place to relax in the nature .. to improve english and .. to have a first experience in kitchen !!