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Jobs and Volunteering

Penhurst Retreat Centre is known for it`s warm welcome to everyone, including but not exclusively mission partners, cross-cultural workers and full-time Christian workers from the UK and overseas. The beauty, peace and comfort of its situation is loved by many locals and guests alike.

Interested in joining our team? We are currently recruiting for the following positions:


Assistant Cook(s)

20 hours per week, primarily weekends - Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
£9.13 per hour

Good hospitality, including nutritious home-cooked meals, is a core element of what we offer and are known for. Following retirement of a long-serving staff member, we are now seeking one or two (to work alternate weekends) Assistant Cooks to prepare hot main meals for lunchtime and light suppers for guests, primarily Friday-Sunday although some flexibility will be needed.

The successful candidate(s) will need to fulfil a range of duties including:

The successful candidate will be able to work on their own initiative but should be able to liaise and communicate with colleagues and guests alike.

Candidates must be willing to work within the Christian ethos of the centre, although not required to have a personal faith. Candidates must also have the right to live and work in the UK. We are not able to provide visa sponsorship or accommodation.

For more information, please see the Job Description.
To apply for this role, please download, complete and return the application form.



Have you been reassessing life? Maybe you have a bit of time available? Maybe you would like to do some volunteering? If so, we may have just the place for you!

We are always on the lookout for volunteers and are currently specifically seeking more volunteers to help prepare, serve and clear up meals for our guests; clean our public rooms, maintain flowerbeds in the garden and also for more specialist areas, such as fundraising.

If you live further afield you can still come and stay while you volunteer for a few days or you can be an advocate for the retreat centre. You can ensure that we are always well advertised in your church and amongst your friends/colleagues. You can link to us via Facebook or Twitter so that your friends hear about us and can link to us through you. You can organise a fundraising event for us in your area... the list is endless. If you have anything that you are willing to offer that will enhance the centre we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in volunteering some time in any of these or other areas, either regularly or occasionally, please contact us on  or 01424 892088.

Please note: Volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.  We are not able to provide visa sponsorship or accommodation.