Volunteer – York Gate Tea Room Assistant

We are looking for volunteers to join our friendly team in the tea room at York Gate near Leeds. If you have a passion for gardens or gardening, live in or around Leeds in North Yorkshire, please consider volunteering your time this year. York Gate Garden is owned and managed by Perennial, the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping and supporting all people working in or retired from horticulture.

Your support in our busy and popular tea room helps us raise awareness of Perennial and encourages garden visitors to further support the charity.


Dates Available: 9th April – 28th September 2018

Shift Times: Sunday – Thursday 12:15pm – 4:30pm OR 12:20pm – 2:30pm

Commitment: Minimum of 6.25 hours per month

Contact: Ruth Cooke, Volunteer Coordinator . Tel: 0113 267 8240 | Email: yorkgate@perennial.org.uk

Sign up process: Informal interview/chat


What the role involves: York Gate relies on the help of its team of volunteers when the garden is open to visitors.

Tea Room Volunteer Assistant duties are varied and include greeting visitors at the counter, taking orders, preparing drinks, serving cake and using the till. Also within this role, you may be preparing sandwiches, soups or jacket potatoes in our small kitchen, which will be fully stocked and prepped for the day by the staff team. As a volunteer at York Gate you may be clearing tables and loading the dishwasher, and keeping the customer and kitchen areas safe, clean and tidy.

Why it’s a great role to do: This is a sociable role working with a truly lovely team. The Catering Manager has created a very nice environment where visitors can enjoy refreshments and reflect on the garden. The small kitchen can get very busy at times, which suits volunteers who are energetic and enthusiastic, but there are plenty of down times to get to know your co-volunteers too. The team here work closely together and warmly welcome new volunteers. It can be demanding work at times but there’s also lots of chat and laughter. You are offered hot drinks and home made cake on each shift and complementary membership to the Friends of York Gate scheme.

Training Provided: All volunteers are given a formal but friendly induction in all aspects of the role and the garden. You will then learn the ropes through ‘on the job’ training with help from other volunteers and/or the Catering Manager.

Skills needed: You do not need any catering experience, we will give you all necessary training. We ask that you have a friendly manner with the people around you. We need volunteers who are happy to learn to use the electronic till. However, if you are not confident with that, then you could help prepare the light lunches and keep the areas clean and tidy.

Physical ability needed: This can be quite a physical role, it involves carrying loaded trays, bending to load/unload the dishwasher, and being on your feet for most of your shift. That said, we currently have volunteers in their teens, right through to volunteers who have been retired for ten years or more.


You can download a copy of the job role here.

To find out more and discuss your availability please contact:

Ruth Cooke, Volunteer Coordinator

Tel: 0113 267 8240 | Email: yorkgate@perennial.org.uk