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The Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre is an independent non-profit charity. We currently receive no funding from the government or any local authority, and rely on income from running courses to survive. Donations from our supporters this year will help us to continue our mission of championing Purbeck stone: past, present and future. We hope you will consider supporting us.

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Volunteers needed at Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre

Volunteers and Trustees

Burngate is a small charity that relies on Trustees and Volunteers who can help us achieve our mission to ‘Advance the Education of the art of stone masonry, stone carving, sculpture and the stone working heritage and history of Purbeck.’ It’s also a great way to get involved with the local community and meet new people, learn new skills and be in a creative space with people who are passionate about the area and stone.

We’re looking for trustees and volunteers who have both time and skills that they would be happy to share in order to help us take Burngate forward. If you have a few hours to spare why not join us?

You can Volunteer for a wide variety of roles

Day to Day.
To help with meet and greet, engaging and welcoming visitors to the centre as well as taking money from shop sales, merchandising of the shop and gallery areas and the inevitable dusting and cleaning of the public areas. To help us open 7 days a week. To make teas and coffees for students and visitors as well.

To help organise, plan and promote an annual diary of Burngate events.

To seek opportunities to incorporate the history of Purbeck stone, stone carving and stonemasonry into education at local schools and finding potential sources of joint funding.

martin site clearance
Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre Education Volunteers

Volunteer to help promote the Centre

PR expertise.
To help us secure articles and media interest in the centre throughout Dorset and beyond.

Social Media Skills.
To contribute to our effective social media strategy.

To help us tell the story of stone masonry, stone carving, sculpture and the stone working heritage and history through community presentations and talks at Burngate and in the local area.

Anything else.
We are open to ideas and suggestions.

“One of the highlights of Volunteering at Burngate is the scenic views and the tranquillity of the place”.

“Recently retired I was delighted to offer my time and experience to Burngate. Now a Trustee I am thrilled to be helping to shape an exciting future”

Having fun at Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre
Hawk sculpture

If you like meeting new people, want to become part of a small friendly team and are looking for an opportunity to become a trustee or volunteer, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteering with us will give you the opportunity to:

  • Try your hand at stone carving and learn a new skill.
  • Support a small local charity.
  • Learn more about the rich heritage of the local quarrying industry.
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of the location and especially the view.
  • Meet visitors from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
  • Share in the achievement of participants when they complete and take home their own stone carving.

We would love to hear from you: please CONTACT US

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