Jessica's story

Volunteering brings Jessica a new band of friends

Volunteers at Sherwood Forest

24 year old Jessica Padley has been attending the Robin Hood Festival since she was around three years old and never dreamt that one day she would be part of the action herself. But last summer, after seeing a request for volunteers on the Council’s Robin Hood Festival Facebook page she decided to find out more.

The Robin Hood Festival is one of Nottinghamshire’s main events and last year saw the 30th anniversary of the festival, attracting over 40,000 visitors.  

“No two days were the same and the atmosphere was amazing” said Jessica, who has also volunteered for other events at Sherwood Forest Country Park, including the popular Lantern Walk in December. As well as being great fun, volunteering also looks great on Jessica’s CV providing real work experience.

“I would recommend it to anyone that wants to extend their experiences and social circle” said Jessica. “I’ve made so many new friends since I’ve been volunteering with the Council”.

Interested in volunteering?

Everyone has a skill that they can give and volunteers are important and valued by Nottinghamshire County Council. Volunteers are needed in many services including libraries, country parks, archives, sport and youth services. 

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in your community visit

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