Volunteering

Our volunteers take part in a wide range of projects here at East Ayrshire Leisure and we are constantly working to develop our Volunteering Programme to provide new opportunities.

Our current opportunities

The Friends of the Dean Outdoor Conservation Group

This informal group meets on the first Tuesday and last Sunday of every month and tackles outdoor nature and maintenance projects in the Country Park. To learn more, get in touch with Rangers@eastayrshireleisure.com or download our Role Summary.

The Friends of the Dean Christmas Event Volunteers

Get into the festive spirit by lending a hand to help us run this brand new, free, family event at Dean Castle Country Park. We are lighting up the dark December nights by illuminating the exterior of the recently renovated Dean Castle with festive animations and spectacular effects. To learn more, get in touch with EALvolunteering@eastayrshireleisure.com,  download our Role Summary or attend an information session on Wednesday 16 November at 2pm or 5.30pm

Upcoming opportunities from January 2023

As we draw nearer to the re-opening of Dean Castle in Spring 2023 after an extensive restoration project, there will be lots of opportunities for volunteers to get involved and become a Friend of Dean Castle Country Park. 

If you are interested in helping to share the history and heritage of the Dean with all our visitors, then our Visitor Experience volunteer role could be for you.

Or maybe work behind the scenes with the Textile Team, an incredibly talented group who care for the delicate fabrics in the Castle’s collections would be of interest.

The Kitchen Garden will need some green fingered volunteers to tend to the flowers, fruits and herbs during the summer.

To read more about the Castle's restoration project click here 

Volunteering Makes a Real Difference

Dean Castle Country Park welcomed a group of 70 volunteers from Keppie Design of Glasgow where they spent the day undertaking a range of conservation tasks that the team at the Country Park had prepared for them including:

  • The planting of a brand new boundary hedge, between the park and Kennedy Drive. The species planted were all native, chosen for the flowers and fruit they will provide for the insects and mammals of the park.
  • Creating a new wildlife corridor and nesting habitat for Birds.
  • The building and installation of new bird boxes.
  • The removal of large amounts of fly-tipped litter.

Dean Castle Country Park staff were staggered by the speed and enthusiasm of the Keppie volunteers, even when it came to dealing with the fly-tipping.  In under an hour, around 1,000 hedge saplings had been planted. Tree planters then switched to helping the other groups with the two remaining tasks. By midday, a dozen bird boxes were in place on the beautiful mature Scots Pine and Lime trees to be found there, and things were looking a lot better at ground level too! The group was responsible for clearing a large area in record time with  almost two transit van loads of rubbish removed from site and then disposed with in the correct manner.

Dean Castle Country Park is not just for the people who visit, it also benefits all the wildlife who call it home. There is no doubt that all the hard work that the Keppie volunteers put in will be much appreciated by all visitors to the park, be they human, animal or insect. Thank you Keppie Design!! You are welcome back any time