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The role of the volunteer at Peterborough Cathedral is a vital one. Every area of the work and mission of the Cathedral requires the commitment of our volunteers to operate. We currently have over 375 volunteers that serve in a wide variety of roles. It is not necessary to be a member of the Cathedral congregation or even a regular church goer. Our visitors come from many countries and faiths, and we welcome volunteers of any faith as well. We do expect volunteers to be in sympathy with the mission of the Cathedral.
Volunteering helps the Cathedral, but there are also many benefits for each individual volunteer.
You may wish to volunteer at Peterborough Cathedral as an extension of your faith.
You may want the opportunity to spend time in and learn more about this beautiful, awe-inspiring building and help to preserve its heritage.
You may enjoy meeting people from many countries and cultures.
You may want to become part of our friendly, welcoming community.
You may want to learn new skills and build experience that can help in future employment.
"As a tower tour guide you meet interesting and enthusiastic people and share with them amazing views of the interior of the cathedral.” – Geoffrey, Cathedral Guide
“It is a privilege to be a volunteer in this Holy place. Our Cathedral is a treasure-trove of antiquities. Speaking with visitors not only from the British Isles, but worldwide too, whilst bringing its hidden social history to life, is extremely rewarding.”
– Margaret, Information Guide
What volunteer roles are available?
We need volunteers with many different skills and interests to help in a variety of roles.
♦ Help in the liturgical services at the cathedral
There are a variety of volunteer roles that assist in the services at the Cathedral. Members of the congregation who are interested in becoming more involved should speak with Canon Precentor Bruce Ruddock after services or send an email to Bruce.Ruddock@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk.
♦ Provide welcome and hospitality to our visitors
Visitor Centre Staff
Volunteers are needed to staff the new Visitor Centre and offer a welcome to our visitors from all over the world. Centre Staff greet visitors, assist them in using the interactive interpretations, and answer questions. Training will be provided. For more information, please see the role description here.
Guides are volunteers who love the Cathedral as a building, as a place rich in history, and as a living place of worship. They are the 'face of the Cathedral' to many of our visitors. Guides are needed for Cathedral tours, tower and rooftop tours, and Precincts tours. Becoming a Cathedral Guide requires a six month class covering Cathedral history and architecture. Next class begins 2nd November.
Information Guides staff the Information Desk near the east end of the Cathedral. They greet visitors as they walk around and are an important part of our Ministry of Welcome. They also answer questions about the Cathedral and take care of the Cathedral visitor book.
Events Stewards are needed for the many concerts, lectures, and other special events that take place regularly at the Cathedral. Stewards welcome people attending the events, help with seating, and are trained to handle emergency situations. Being a steward means free admission to some wonderful events.
Education Assistants volunteer with the Cathedral's Education department, assisting with activities during schools visits, either in the Cathedral itself or in one of the classrooms in our Visitor and Learning Centre. A training and mentoring programme teaches volunteers everything they need to know to provide a great learning experience to the schools of Peterborough and the surrounding area.
Shop volunteers staff the Cathedral shop during the Cathedral's opening hours. Volunteers handle sales, answer questions, and keep the merchandise tidy.
♦ Maintain our heritage
The Cathedral Library volunteers are currently involved in a long-term project to gather data about all of the library’s holdings into an online Catalogue that will be available for the public to search on the Cathedral website.
Holy Dusters and Brass Polishers
The Holy Dusters and Brass Polishers work on Monday mornings to help keep the Cathedral looking good for our congregation and visitors.
Our gardening volunteers work on Thursdays from March to November to help maintain the beautiful grounds of the precincts.
The Flower Guild provides the lovely arrangements that grace our West Front entrance and the area around the Altar and Choir.
♦ Help with our outreach missions
The Soup Kitchen team prepare food and/or take a turn serving at the Peterborough Soup Kitchen on a Wednesday once every four weeks.
If any of these roles interest you and you are able to give your time, either occasionally or on a regular basis, please complete the form below or contact: