York Minster depends a great deal on more than 500 volunteers. Volunteers do a lot to enhance the experience and enjoyment of people coming to the Minster, whether to light a candle, attend a service or as a visitor to a popular place of interest. Without these volunteers giving their time and enthusiasm, the Minster would not be able to provide as much for its worshippers or visitors.
People want to help for many different reasons. Some want to serve the Minster as an extension of their faith and worship, for some it comes from a love and appreciation of the building, its history and architecture and others come to meet people, learn new skills and to be part of the wider Minster community. We are looking for people from any age group, background or faith with a small amount of time to spare regularly, who would enjoy being part of the welcoming face of York Minster, who have a positive approach and an ability to communicate with a variety of people with different needs.
Time commitment ranges from one to two hours, once a week or once a fortnight, through to a considerable amount of time given by some of our volunteers.
Volunteer Bell Ringers
York Minster invites everyone to share God’s love through our welcome, worship, learning and work.
York Minster is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of York and the Metropolitical Cathedral for the Northern Province of the Church of England and its 12 bells are widely regarded as some of the best sounding bells in the country. The Chapter of York is looking to recruit a skilled band of ‘York Minster Bell Ringers’ to deliver high quality bell ringing for Sunday and other special services. In addition, Chapter intends to foster a culture where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop their ringing skills and contribute to the life of the cathedral.
We are looking for Bell Ringers who can demonstrate;
· Good experience and knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of change ringing and good practice techniques, or the willingness and ability to acquire and develop such experience, knowledge and skills.
· A friendly and welcoming disposition, and an ability to recognise the importance of working as a team to carry out duties.
· Support and respect for Chapter particularly in inviting Chapter to fulfil its mission of helping everyone to discover God’s love.
· Commitment to the dedication and practice needed to ring to the ‘Minster Standard’ on a set of bells recognised as one of the most challenging but rewarding in the country.
We are looking for people to ring bells before at least 30 Sunday or special services per year and to attend ringing practice for at least 30 weeks of the year. If this sounds as if it is something you would enjoy being a part of then please contact Victoria Imada, HR & Volunteering Administrator at email@example.com or 01904 557247. Further information can be found here along with an application form.
Old Palace Reception Desk Steward
Are you interested in helping people discover more about York Minster and its Historic Collections?
As an Old Palace Reception Desk Steward you will play a vital role in welcoming and assisting our wide variety of users. Whether they are studying or just vaguely curious, you will be their first point of contact assessing their needs, providing clear information and answering questions.
For a more in-depth role descripltion please click here.
If this is an opportunity in which you are interested please download and complete an application form. All completed application forms should be returned to Victoria Imada, HR and Volunteering Administrator, Church House, 10 - 14 Ogleforth, York YO1 7JN alternatively please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Informal Learning Volunteers - Storytellers
Could you be the friendly face that welcomes families to York Minster?
Our Storyteller volunteers provide a world class welcome and engage visiting families of all ages with specially selected stories and props from our storytelling chest.
Storytelling takes place every Saturday in the inspiring surrounding of our children’s chapel – St. Nicholas’ – and the Chapter House. Storytellers work with the Learning Officer on a rota, and are welcome to participate in as many or as few sessions as they are able.
For a detailed role description please click here.
York Minster invites everyone to discover God’s love through our welcome, worship learning and work.
The Undercroft Museum is a series of interactive state-of-the-art chambers covering the history of the site of York Minster. Visitors can see, touch and hear 2000 years of History. York Minster is proud to be the only Cathedral in the UK with Accredited Museum status.
We are looking for volunteers to help thousands of visitors every year to engage with the Undercroft Museum. By doing so, our volunteers form a key part in enabling visitors to make the most of the visit to York Minster. Volunteers should be proactive in approaching visitors and act as an ambassador for the Minster through their welcome and approachable manner.
We would like for our volunteers to be able to give 2 to three hours a week (or every other week) but we are particularly looking to cover the following slots:
Tuesday 12:30 – 14:45
Friday 12:30 – 14:45 and 14:45 – 17:00
Saturday 10:00 – 12:30, 12:30 – 14:45 and 14:45 – 17:00
Sunday 13:00 – 15:00 and 15:00 – 17:00
Anyone interested in volunteering in Revealing York Minster is invited to read the role description and complete an application form. This application should then be returned to Victoria Imada, HR & Volunteering Administrator via email: email@example.com. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Victoria Imada on 01904 557247.