Remembrance volunteering

At The Royal British Legion we’re committed to helping everyone understand the importance of Remembrance, so that those sacrifices are not forgotten. Volunteer with us to help keep the memories alive.

Fields of Remembrance volunteer

The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and hope for many. Every year, we plant Remembrance tributes in our Fields of Remembrance across the country and the grounds of Westminster Abbey, where the tradition began in 1928. Each cross carries a personal message to someone who has lost their life in Service.

We need volunteers for a few hours during October or November to help us plant these important tributes. You must be over the age of 16, unless you’re with your family or part of a group), and physically able to plant, and dig up Remembrance tributes at the Fields of Remembrance.

These roles do not require a DBS check but you will need to attend an interview. We also need satisfactory references before confirming you in your role.

National Memorial Arboretum volunteer

Part of the Legion family of charities, the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. It has over 300 memorials, including the striking Armed Forces Memorial that commemorates those killed on duty or from terrorism, from the end of the Second World War to present.

We have many ways for people to volunteer, including:

Working weekend volunteers 

On the first full weekend of each month, we need volunteers for the NMA’s working weekends. This is a great activity for the whole family to get involved, including activities such as:

  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Weeding
  • Mulching, and
  • General grounds maintenance.

Front of house volunteers

Help visitors get the best of their visit to the Arboretum through:

  • Meeting and greeting visitors
  • Assisting at reception
  • Acting as guides on walks
  • Providing buggy tours of the site
  • Giving short presentations
  • Giving outside talks to groups, and
  • Stewarding at special events. 

Learning volunteers

Educate children and young people about the Arboretum, the history of the memorials and contribute to the learning strategy.

Retail and catering volunteers

In the NMA's:

  • On-site visitor centre
  • Gift shop
  • Tearoom, and
  • Restaurant. 

More information

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the Legion, please see all the ways you can get involved.

Please explore the benefits of volunteering, our volunteering FAQs or get in touch with us below. 

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