Have a question about volunteering for us? From time commitments to accessibility, find your answers here.
We know choosing the right role is paramount to having a great experience. Below is a list of common questions we get asked. If you have further questions, please email email@example.com or call 020 7246 8370.
Everyone. Our decisions on who we involve and the role they do is based first and foremost on their skills and experience, matching motivations and expectations.
We are committed to applying our equal opportunities policy at all stages of a volunteer’s involvement.
We welcome applications from people of all interests, abilities, backgrounds and communities.
If you have UK citizenship, you can volunteer with us.
If you are an EU national you can still volunteer with us if you have:
- Settled or pre-settled status
- A visa that allows you to volunteer.
For those outside the EU please check that your visa allows you to volunteer. If you are uncertain we recommend you contact the UK Borders and Immigration Agency for clarity. Please note St Paul’s Cathedral is not able to sponsor volunteer visas or support visa applications.
We would like to hear about why you are interested in the role you have selected and why at the Cathedral; we may also ask you some specific questions relating to the particular role you are interested in.
In addition to this, we will ask for:
- Your contact details – email, phone numbers and postal address
- Address history – minimum of 3 years – some roles may require longer
- Motivations – what motivated you to apply for the role
- Right to volunteer in the UK – see FAQ for further information
- Checks and vetting questions – Unspent convictions and where applicable, DBS/Good standing check consent (see FAQ for further information)
- Reference contact details – two referees, who have known you within the last 5 years for at least 2 years. If you are unsure whether we can accept your referee(s), please get in touch to discuss
- Diversity information – It really helps us to be able to monitor the diversity of our volunteers. You do not have to answer any of these questions (there is a ‘prefer not to say option’ on all the questions) but we’d be grateful if you would. This information will not be seen by anyone involved in selection and your answers remains anonymous on your record and will never be used in a way that could identify you
We will also ask you to agree to our policies – links will be available in the application form, so you can read these before submitting your application.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application, please contact our volunteering team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7246 8370.
We ask all volunteers to provide Identity Documents to confirm their identity. If you are selected for a role, we will let you know what we can accept.
We will also take up two references; these referees need to have known you within the last 5 years, for at 2 years. Our Role Profiles will state if we need specific referees.
We may also wish to undertake a DBS or Good Standing check. All our Role Profiles will state what type of checks and vetting we need to undertake for that particular role and further information will be provided after selection.
All our Role Profiles will state the minimum age you will need to be to undertake that role, so do please take a look at our current available roles. For the majority of our roles you will need to be 18 years old+ to volunteer with us.
Once you become a volunteer, there will be further policies and practices that you will need to understand and follow.
All our roles require different abilities, and we will make reasonable adjustments to help you take part. Please let us know about any adjustments you may need. If you see a role you like, please apply and we can agree the best way forward. If you have specific concerns, please get in touch.
The main areas of our buildings are accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility needs, although due to the age of our building, some areas are not fully accessible. You can read more about this on our accessibility page.
We have a policy to consider people who have criminal records for volunteering roles. We ask you to inform us of any unspent convictions before you start volunteering, so we can ensure the role is a suitable match. All roles are risk assessed accordingly.
Our standard lower age for volunteering is 16 years old, however with the right safeguards, working practices and procedures in place, we are able to involve volunteers as young as 14 years old unaccompanied, if they are a part of a recognised group. We do have some roles that are only open to 18 years plus.
Unfortunately, this is not something we are able to do at this time. We are truly sorry if this means you are unable to pursue volunteering with us.
For most roles, whilst knowledge and experience on the Christian belief is beneficial, it isn’t crucial as you can learn about this as you go. If this is crucial, we will state this on the role profile.
Not at all. Some roles require you to have particular skills, knowledge and status. The Role Profile for each volunteering opportunity will tell you what kind of experience is required. Most roles just need your time and enthusiasm.
All volunteers will have an induction and, if needed, you will also get specific training for your role. Staff members are always on hand to provide ongoing help and support during your time volunteering with us.
We recruit to advertised roles, as we want to ensure you have a great experience. Please keep an eye on our website or join our mailing list to receive email notifications for all our new volunteering opportunities.
If you are interested in a certain role that is not listed, have specialist skills or are looking for particular experience, please still get in touch. There may be a forthcoming opportunity that is not yet advertised. Please get in contact by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 7246 8370.
How to apply
Search our dedicated site for our available opportunities and apply today to join our community.
Register your interest
If you can't see a role you're interested in, please register your interest as this helps us manage the queries we receive. Fill out our short expression of interest form, provide your contact details and tell us what roles you would like to do. We look forward to hearing from you.