Why Volunteer

We simply would not be able to protect historic churches without the support and commitment of our volunteers.

We simply would not be able to protect historic churches without the support and commitment of our volunteers.

Since our foundation in 1969, we have valued the work of local volunteers supporting local churches. Over recent years in particular, volunteering has become central to all that we do, with volunteer numbers now reaching over 1,800 across the country. Volunteers are the very life force of the organisation.

Volunteers in all of our work

Without volunteers, the organisation would not be able to care for its churches, raise the funds it requires, welcome the thousands of visitors to its churches, and develop vital links to local communities..

Our commitment is to make sure that volunteers have the chance to play a role in every aspect of our life as an organisation – from the vital jobs caring for local churches to taking decisions about the future direction of the organisation.

Our Volunteer Charter

Our Volunteer Charter has been developed in close collaboration with staff and volunteers. It is a clear statement of the key commitments we've signed up to as we seek to provide excellent volunteering experiences and assurance for those looking to get involved in one of our many volunteering opportunities.

Mike Nussbaum, Chairman of the Trust’s Volunteering Advisory Group, welcomed the initiative describing it as,

"A big step forward as the Trust it nails its colours to the mast and sets out in clear terms just what volunteers can expect from the organisation, an experience that should consistent and of a high quality right across the Trust"

> Read our Volunteer Charter

Learning & Development

Each year, regular programmes of training, networking, and peer support for both staff and volunteers will be delivered at national and regional level:

  • Training courses delivered by heritage, tourism and conservation experts (including us!)
  • Internships for several weeks or months
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Informal discussions with staff members
  • Meetings with more experienced volunteers or friends groups
  • Informal skill sharing sessions
  • Informally trying out new roles within our organisation

Events

We hold various volunteer and training events throughout the country, throught the year - from learning conservation skills and event management to just meeting other volunteers in your region.

Why not get involved?

Volunteer of the Year Awards

We recognises our volunteers through our annual Volunteer of the Year Awards, supported by the Marsh Christian Trust. 

The Awards are open everyone who volunteers to support our work, and without whom it would be impossible to keep our churches open.

Hear from our volunteers

We like to think that volunteering with us is a rewarding and fulfilling experience, and that we provide our volunteers with the support they need.

But don't take our word for it - why not hear from some of our current volunteers about their experience of volunteering with us.

'We've just done a spot of dusting in the bell tower.'
Andy (Cathedral Camp volunteer)

'It's a great thing when you get the building used and you see the place full of people.'
(Friends group committee member)

'We were working over the weekend on the churchyard. On Sunday a lot of locals came past walking their dogs. They were really pleased that we were doing something with their church - it made me feel really good inside.'
(Young volunteer from a Homeless Project)

'I enjoyed my first day as a volunteer so much that I was the last person to leave the church!'
Claire (Volunteer)

'Now that I am retired I have some spare time on my hands during the week. I've always had a love for this church and now I'm able to do something tangible by being a volunteer here'
Alan (Retired teacher)

'Although I've got a good degree, I know the experience I've gained as a volunteer here will improve my chances of getting a job in a heritage organisation. It's also given me extra confidence.'
David (volunteer at a residential experience)

'We've just done a spot of dusting in the bell tower.'
Andy (Cathedral Camp volunteer)

'It's a great thing when you get the building used and you see the place full of people.'
(Friends group committee member)

'We were working over the weekend on the churchyard. On Sunday a lot of locals came past walking their dogs. They were really pleased that we were doing something with their church - it made me feel really good inside.'
(Young volunteer from a Homeless Project)

'I enjoyed my first day as a volunteer so much that I was the last person to leave the church!'
Claire (Volunteer)

'Now that I am retired I have some spare time on my hands during the week. I've always had a love for this church and now I'm able to do something tangible by being a volunteer here'
Alan (Retired teacher)

'Although I've got a good degree, I know the experience I've gained as a volunteer here will improve my chances of getting a job in a heritage organisation. It's also given me extra confidence.'
David (volunteer at a residential experience)

- See more at: http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/Volunteer/Hearfromourvolunteers/#sthash.FQEWPj2V.dpuf