Durham Cathedral - About Us


Durham Cathedral is the Anglican Cathedral church of the Diocese of Durham. It is the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede, the Seat of the Bishop of Durham and a focus of pilgrimage and spirituality in North-East England.

Inspired by our saints, Cuthbert and Bede, the mission of Durham Cathedral is to offer everyone the opportunity to encounter God and know God’s love in Jesus Christ.

We welcome volunteers from any background, of all faiths and none, and those who in turn show respect and sensitivity towards all nationalities, religions, beliefs, cultures, backgrounds, and the ethos of the Cathedral as a working church.

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Volunteer opportunities

Bedesman


Support the our Benedictine tradition of welcoming everyone to the Cathedral. Bedesmen assist the Vergers, tidy books and candle stands and support services. Open to all, anyone in this historic role is known as a ‘Bedesman’ regardless of gender.

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Events Volunteer


Be part of some of the key events in the Cathedral calendar, from classical recitals to rock concerts, welcoming audiences and helping events to run smoothly.



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Learning & Engagement Volunteer

Support our busy, vibrant and creative Learning & Engagement Team in delivering sessions to school, college and uniformed groups. Help to deliver engaging and hands-on family activities during school holidays or weekends. Volunteers in this role typically gift up to 4 days of their time a month, either as 8 half days or 4 full days. In busy periods we might offer additional opportunities, but we appreciate any gift of your time and you will set your own time commitment.  



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Marketing & Digital Volunteer


In this role you can help to enhance the cathedral’s image library, and assist us with research and activities to help grow the size and diversity of the Cathedral’s audiences and community, for services, events and day visits.


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Market Research Volunteer


Enhance our Marketing & Digital activities by conducting face to face surveys with visitors to inform our audience insight, with the possibility of helping us to spot trends in audience data.

 

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Retail Volunteer Assistant



Provide a warm welcome in this visitor facing retail role, sharing the stories behind our products and supporting the smooth operation of the Cathedral Museum Shop and Undercroft Cathedral Shop.

 

 

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Visitor Experience Volunteer (Sundays)


Join us on Sundays to provide a well-informed and hospitable welcome to our many and varied visitors. Be visible and available to engage, inform, delight and assist visitors, helping them to feel safe and confident within our spaces.

 

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Visitor Experience Volunteer (Weekdays and Saturdays)


Join us on weekdays or Saturdays to provide a well-informed and hospitable welcome to our many and varied visitors. Be visible and available to engage, inform, delight and assist visitors, helping them to feel safe and confident within our spaces.

 

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