There are many opportunities to volunteer at Manchester Cathedral to make the building welcoming, attractive for visitors and support the music-making and ministry.

We have a variety of volunteering opportunities including flower arranging, welcoming, guiding, being a steward, cleaning and being a member of the voluntary choir.





As a Cathedral Welcomer you are the first person to meet and greet our visitors and are the point of reference for information and help.

You would usually give thre

e hours of your time, morning or afternoon, weekly or fortnightly to staff our Welcome Desk, answering enquiries, pointing visitors to information about the building

or about future events, directing them to exhibitions or to our Visitor Centre, showing them where they can light a candle or where they can sit to reflect quietly.

Our aim is to have at least three Welcomers available whenever the cathedral is open and you would also be on duty with one or more Guides and a Chaplain.

Training and support is provided by the Visitor Services Manager and the Vergers.




Help us to reveal the history of Manchester and its Cathedral by becoming a welcome or tour guide. The Cathedral is a beautiful medieval building rich in history. The role of a guide is to open people’s eyes to all of this. There’s also Chetham’s School of Music, the world famous Chetham’s Library and the 15th century Hanging Bridge, one of the oldest structures in Manchester, which are so often unexplored. Become part of our guiding team and help introduce our visitors to all the stories these have to tell.

You will generally be on duty for 2–3 hours, morning or afternoon, on a weekly or fortnightly basis alongside our Welcomers and Chaplain.


School visits

Are you (or someone you know) looking for an opportunity to work with school children? The Education Department welcomes over 4000 school children ach year for a variety of educational trails and craft workshops. We are hoping to recruit volunteers to support the activities that we offer schools. If you have experience of working with children, preferably in a schools context, and would be able to give a couple of hours on a flexible basis, please get in touch with the Education Officer.