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* Please note that The Higgins Bedford is temporarily closed until further notice. Keep an eye on the website and our social media pages to check for further updates.


Volunteering at The Higgins Bedford


Did you know that more than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year, contributing an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy?


In 2019, The Higgins Bedford volunteers contributed almost 9000 hours of their time. There are 70 – 80 active volunteers each month. Volunteers mean that we can reach more people, enhance the visitor experience and deliver more activities and events.


With a fantastic team of over 150 volunteers, there’s a variety of roles in different areas of The Higgins including, welcoming visitors, looking after the gardens, assisting with admin, marketing, events and collections research. We are currently looking for Learning Volunteers and people to help with our Wellbeing programme.


Click here to read about the experiences of our volunteers at The Higgins Bedford.


In return for your time, we offer:


  • The opportunity to be part of a friendly and lively team of staff and volunteers passionate about culture
  • Choice about when you volunteer, how often and in your chosen area
  • Full induction
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Mentoring and support from staff and experienced volunteers
  • Social activities
  • A monthly newsletter keeping you informed about what’s happening at The Higgins and any volunteering opportunities across Libraries & Culture
  • Discount at The Higgins Pantry, on most items in The Higgins Bedford shop and reduced membership of The Friends


If this appeals to you, then please fill out an application form, or email for more information.