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The Education Department welcomes volunteers to help with its work with schools and learning for all, both in the Cathedral itself and out in the community. Over the years we have been lucky enough to have volunteers with a wide range of talents and abilities and of all ages and backgrounds.

Do you have something to offer?

We know that we have something to offer you in return.

What we offer you

We offer you the chance

  • to contribute to the Benedictine tradition of learning that has taken place in many different forms in this wonderful building since its foundation in 1096,
  • to meet and engage with others,
  • to gain experience both for its own sake and to build a CV, and
  • to share your talents and enthusiasm.


Comments from past and present volunteers

Graham, Drama and Performing Arts student (shown in photo) - helped with summer holiday activities and family learning events: 'I just love the building and the fact that all these people enjoy it too. I like being part of it and if I have a gap year I want to volunteer here more. It’s fun working with children and their families. I like putting something back – and I might want to go into teaching later'.

Colin, now works in community education - gained experience by developing educational materials, acting as a school guide and organizing an historical re-enactment. 'I decided to volunteer for the Cathedral during a period of long-term illness, when my confidence and self-esteem were really low. The staff were all welcoming and supportive, and working alongside them in the wonderful and inspiring surroundings of the Cathedral has been very rewarding. I wasn't sure I'd fit in, but I took a leap and I'm so glad I did. Without hesitation I would encourage anyone to get involved'.

Claudia, graduate of University of Berne, Switzerland 'As a student of English and art history, I was looking to improve my language skills and pursue my interest in medieval architecture. I translated visitor information into German and helped with a range of summer educational and other activities. I learned what it takes to run a cathedral smoothly and successfully! I was particularly impressed by the time and energy hundreds of volunteers dedicate to Norwich Cathedral - to make a tiny contribution gave me great satisfaction'. 

Becky, History and Archaeology undergraduate at UEA on exchange from the University of Massachusset USA – regular volunteer for family events including the Big Draw, Dig It – Archaeology Day, The Medieval Feast and Celebrating St George – 'Great fun and I'm particularly interested in archaeology. Volunteering at the Cathedral got me credits for the Millennium Volunteers award scheme and I want to go back to the US and look for an internship with a museum'.

Snap shot of the varied ways in which volunteers have helped us

Emilie, postgraduate doctoral student considering a career in teaching - interested in creative writing, art and historic architecture, she helped lead Community Learning workshops in libraries across Norfolk, helped with the Big Draw, Christmas events and summer holiday events, and ran an art and sound installation 'The Dark' to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition Of Slavery.

Mike, retired GP - illustrator of Cathedral trails for schools, children and families, architect of Cathedral cribs and a Cathedral guide.

Chris, financial services - translator of trails and leaflets into French, occasional French speaking guide when work permits. Five minutes of fame as the man with one of the worst jobs at Christmas, clearing up after the sheep in a Christmas procession as part of a childrens’ service.

Ivan, retired headteacher - best known for his role of Brother Nicholas, the Benedictine monk, the leader of Monks Tours for schools.
 

Can you help?

These volunteers have all shared their talents with us. Can you help? Do you have language or IT, skills, musical ability, enjoy art and crafts? Do you have educational experience. All education volunteers need a Criminal Records Bureau check which the Cathedral will discuss with you and arrange.

For more information or to discuss opportunities please contact us 01603 218321/01603 218320.

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