If you are able to offer time to volunteer at the Cathedral, please apply here:
Become a volunteer
Volunteers are integral to the success of the Cathedral as a place of worship and cultural destination. They play an important contribution to the mission and work of the Cathedral.
At the moment we have over three hundred dedicated volunteers in 34 roles across every (department) of the Cathedral.
Our volunteers play a central role in welcoming visitors of all ages, nationalities, faiths, cultures and backgrounds.
Why volunteer at Rochester Cathedral
Volunteering can be extremely rewarding and a way to meet people and be part of the volunteer Community. You will learn about the culture, history and heritage of this wonderful building.
All our volunteers undertake the Church of England Safeguarding training to their appropriate level.
All volunteers wear lanyards and badges (showing) with coloured photographs, name and role title (description).
If you are interested in any of the volunteer roles, please apply to volunteer.
Volunteers working with children are DBS checked, in line with our Safeguarding procedures/policy.
Volunteering roles at Rochester Cathedral
Our team of Exhibition Hosts welcome visitors to the Crypt and make the exhibitions come alive with their knowledge and expertise.
Commitment: Rota basis 2 hour shift a week.
A warm attentive welcome is provided for visitors. The Library houses some of the Cathedral’s greatest treasures including medieval manuscripts and an excellent post-Reformation Bible. The team of volunteers also help catalogue, clean and conserve fragile books and work on projects to make our collections more accessible to the public.
Commitment: Rota basis 2 hour shift Monday / Tuesday / Saturday.
A very small talented team of volunteers work alongside our Head Gardener maintaining the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral precinct. Looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with all our gardening tasks throughout the year.
Commitment: Individual availability.
CAFÉ IN THE CRYPT VOLUNTEERS
Our new Café opened in February 2018 located in the wonderful location of the medieval crypt, offering tea, coffee, sandwiches and delicious homemade cakes. The volunteers provide a warm welcome and hospitality to all our visitors, with local Kent produce. Training is provided for opening and closing procedures, food handling and using the till.
Commitment: Rota basis 3-hour shift. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Out team of Event Hosts provide a warm welcome to visitors to concerts and events in the Cathedral. Duties include directing audiences to their seats, helping to sell tickets and refreshments and assisting the team of vergers to handle emergency situations.
Commitment: Respond to requests for individual events. Often evenings and weekends.
Our dedicated team of Stewards provide a friendly welcome to visitors to the services in the Cathedral. There are a wide range of duties including handing out orders of service, taking collections, directing the congregation to Communion and helping to tidy up after the services. Stewards are also responsible for assisting the vergers to evacuate in the case of emergency.
Part of a team on duty.
Commitment: One week a month and support at special larger services like Christmas, Easter, ordinations and civic occasions.
Our creative team of flower arrangers provide fresh floral arrangements enhancing the beauty of the architecture of the Cathedral. Appropriate seasonal colours are linked to celebrate the Liturgical year and calendar of events. Individual displays are arranged for special festivals, weddings, funerals and graduations. Experience of undertaking church flowers would be beneficial to potential volunteers. A team of Flower Guild volunteers water the current display daily.
Commitment: Every 4 weeks – rota basis once a week.
TEA & COFFEE VOLUNTEERS
As part of the hospitality of the Cathedral this team provides a welcome hot drink following the Sunday 10:30 Eucharist. They prepare and serve the refreshments to congregation and visitors and clearing and tidying up at the end of the morning. Training provided to operate the coffee cart.
Commitment: Rota basis – part of a team once a month.