Celebrating National Volunteer Week

3 - 9 June marks National Volunteer Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the contribution and amazing work that volunteers provide.

Saying thank you to our volunteers

The dedication, enthusiasm, and energy of our 500+ volunteers helps to make Durham Cathedral such a special place. This week we are celebrating and saying thank you to our volunteers through:

  • An Appreciation Station - situated in the Chapter House, where visitors and staff are invited to write a message of thanks
  • Tour of Broderers room - volunteers can get up close to the cathedral's textiles and learn more from the cathedral's volunteer broderers.
  • Gin and Chocolate tasting - volunteers are invited to taste the Cathedral's Gin and chocolate ranges from the shop

You might imagine that all of our volunteers welcome visitors at the door, but our team of over 500 volunteers also includes tour guides, flower arrangers, event stewards, and many more. Anyone is welcome to volunteer here at Durham Cathedral. No matter your age, gender, religion, or race, everyone here is welcomed and valued.

Read about a few of our volunteer's experiences and their roles here at Durham Cathedral.

You don't need any experience to volunteer at the cathedral, just a passion and willingness to help.

When you begin your volunteering experience, you'll need to undergo some basic training, including safeguarding and visitor experience training. These sessions will help you in your role and the team will be there to support you along the way.