The Guild of Volunteers
Keeping the Cathedral running smoothly is no easy task. Making sure that it can fulfil its mission as a witness to the Gospel in the heart of London relies heavily on support from around 200 members of the Guild of Volunteers who give generously of their time, energy and skills. The sheer scale of the Cathedral’s activities which includes welcoming large numbers of visitors, penitents and worshippers throughout the day, every day, means that many helping hands are needed. Indeed, the Cathedral could not afford to pay for the many tasks that need to be carried out to ensure that it can run efficiently each day. Could you help with any of the regular tasks or do you have particular knowledge or skills to offer?
The Guild of Volunteers
Under the patronage of Our Lady of Westminster, members of the Guild of Volunteers serve in so many different ways that it would take too long to list them, and the roles are based not only around the liturgies and events, but also behind the scenes. Help is needed with administrative tasks such as IT and finance, design, graphics and communications and with matters requiring senior-level, professional advice.
We have all been blessed with God-given gifts, so we all have something to offer back to Him – even if we can’t always make a regular time commitment. With the increase in digital working, tasks may increasingly be carried out remotely as well as around the Cathedral complex.
Working with like-minded people to achieve a common end can be both rewarding and a very good way of meeting new friends.
Why not sign up as a Guild volunteer by completing the online application form to tell us when and how you would like to be involved?
If you would prefer to get in touch direct, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Maxwell: [email protected] or call her on 020 7798 9181.
Current Volunteer Vacancies
We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the following roles. If you are interested in applying for one of these roles or have another skill to offer, please get in touch using the contact details given or apply online via the application form link above.
‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve
one another, as good stewards of God’s
1 PETER 4:10
We are currently looking for catechists to help with Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sundays and the Confirmation Programme. If you are interested, please contact Fr Vincent and/or Fr Mike on [email protected] or via Clergy House Reception at [email protected] or approach them after the Sunday Masses.
Fund Raising Support
Administrative help is needed in our Fundraising office. If you have good computer skills (for example, the ability to mail-merge letters, use excel spreadsheets) an eye for detail and can make a regular time commitment, Marie-Louise Van Spyk, our Fundraising Manager, would welcome some volunteer support in her work. If this is of interest to you please contact Mary Maxwell: [email protected] or call 020 7798 9181.
Volunteers in the Finance Department help to record Gift Aid on donations, process the Offertory Collections and undertake general administration. If you are numerate, computer-literate and would like to help in this way, please contact our Mary Maxwell: [email protected] or call 020 7798 9181
Offertory Collectors help at Cathedral Masses by taking up the collection. It is a simple but vitally necessary way of supporting the Cathedral. If you are interested in contributing your help regularly, please contact Mary Maxwell: [email protected] or call 020 7798 9181.
Readers at Mass
From time to time vacancies arise for Readers to offer themselves for the important ministry of proclaiming the Word of God at Mass. If you have a clear voice and good diction and would like to be considered for this role, please contact Mary Maxwell: [email protected] or call 020 7798 9181.
Volunteers help to run the Clergy House Reception Desk at 42 Francis Street on Saturdays and Sundays (and occasional public holidays) from 10.00am to 1.00pm. This involves answering the telephone and dealing with enquiries and visitors to Clergy House. If you would like to help, please contact Mary Maxwell: [email protected] or call 020 7798 9181.
The Stewards are present at the larger liturgical events and concerts held from time to time. They give advice to the congregation/audience and ensure their safety while they are in the Cathedral. If you would like to help in this way, please email the Cathedral’s Head Steward, Trevor Koschalka: [email protected]