As the second smallest Cathedral in England, it may surprise some people to learn that we benefit from the involvement of over 400 individuals amongst approximately 40 different groups. Many of these are engaged in welcoming visitors – at the regular Sunday services and during weekdays and Sunday afternoons. Whilst many of our volunteers have been worshipping at the Cathedral for several years this is not a pre-requisite for volunteering and we do have volunteers who have approached us direct whilst being attached to other churches and indeed some who have no particular faith; all we ask is that our volunteers do respect the faith of their volunteer colleagues and visitors.
Many volunteers enjoy the involvement so much that they are moved to help with several different groups. They soon find that the social life of our Cathedral is indeed vibrant and there is a genuine joy in meeting a whole range of people. Our loyal team contains volunteers less than 10 years of age (as part of a family group of welcomers) together with some active nonagenarians.
We usually ask that each volunteer completes a self-disclosure form and provides two references. When volunteers are likely to be involved with young children or vulnerable adults we are obliged to undertake police checks (Disclosure Barring Service) but this will not be at the applicants’ expense.
The Volunteering Steering Group is made up of representatives from each group of volunteers and meets regularly to discuss and share information. A copy of the minutes from the meeting held on 17 June can be found by clicking here.