Information for Volunteers

Welcome to the Bishop's Palace Volunteers' Site

Thank you for being a part of the enthusiastic team of Bishop's Palace volunteers, who bring such a wide range of skills and experience to our community. This site is a source of information to help you make the most out of being a volunteer whether it's getting to know more about the inner workings of the Bishops Palace, or getting to know your fellow volunteers better.

Please explore this site by clicking on the links below or the main menu options above. We have also produced a site map that might also be helpful and act as a quick aide memoire for where information is located; click here for this.

For latest news, click on 'News, Social & Events' below.

Please find out latest guidance for COVID procedures below:


In addition to the measures below please do not come on to the site if you, or anyone you have come into contact with in the last fortnight, have any of the symptoms of coronavirus including a continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell.

Please note that those people volunteering on the garden team have their own arrangements about breaks and shelter.

  • Please wash your hands for at least 20 secs when you arrive and again as you leave (in the stableyard room)
  • Please sign in and out at the horsebox when on duty. This is very important for track and trace.
  • If you are on the ticket gate please invite people to either log in on the app or complete a track and trace form. They do not HAVE to do it but we HAVE to ask them to.
  • Collect a radio (which has been disinfected) from the horsebox and return it there too as you leave
  • Staff and volunteer loo is over at the Laundry room (below the stairs)
  • You will need to wear a face mask if you enter the palace buildings or the chapel
  • Please do not linger inside, just walk through with your mask on, use the hand sanitiser on entry and check the lift isn’t stuck with someone in it!
  • Keep your 2 metre distance at all times (no need to do 1m + as we have plenty of space)
  • Volunteer room is closed but you can use the stableyard room (max 6 people) You will need to bring your own tea coffee etc mug and any crockery or cutlery you may need. Please sanitise the kettle before and after use. No use of fridge but you can use the microwave (please sanitise the door and touch pad before and after use).
  • Ensure (as far as possible) that visitors keep 2m distance. Any problems please radio for back up
  • Please eat food either in the stableyard room (max 6 people more than 2m apart spread throughout the room with both doors open). If you want to eat in the gardens that is fine but only on your break not when you are on duty. Wash hands before and after eating.
  • If it is rainy then there are brollies in the stableyard room you can borrow (but if possible bring your own in).
  • If it is pouring with rain then you can shelter in the stableyard room (max 6 people more than 2m apart preferably with the doors or windows open).
  • Please contact Siobhan if you would like a COVID-19 lateral flow test kit to use prior to coming on site (this is optional).

Please check the forecast and come prepared! If the forecast is terrible then of course you can let us know you will not be coming in (please ring the shop 677698), email me or the VOT team and Laura.

Updated MAY 2021

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