Volunteering at Manchester Cathedral

This Cathedral has a fascinating history dating back centuries and is also deeply involved in the life and culture of its wonderful city, Manchester.

Alongside the services each day you may be surprised to learn what an incredibly busy cathedral this is. There is a hugely exciting and varied programme of events, civic ceremonies, classical, pop and lunchtime concerts, science and history festivals, drama, school and university visits and much, much more.

If you would like to be part of the fantastic team of 100 volunteers and have 3 hours to spare each week then we would love to hear from you.

We have a variety of volunteering roles including welcoming visitors, guiding people around the Cathedral, stewarding at services, flower arranging, and general maintenance. This building is open 365 days a year and we strive to keep this Grade 1 listed building open and accessible to people of all faiths and none.



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. We pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome to visitors regardless of whether they live two minutes away or have just flown in from the other side of the world.

You would usually give three hours of your time, morning or afternoon on a weekly basis 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. If you want to volunteer with a friend- we can make sure that you are allocated the same slot so that you can enjoy the experience together. We are looking for friendly, open personalities with and an interest in meeting some of the 170,000 visitors who pass through our doors each year.



Photo by Michael Davis, Capture the Cathedral 2017Help us to reveal the history of Manchester and its Cathedral by becoming a Cathedral 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. In this historic Medieval Quarter you will also find Chetham’s School of Music and the world famous Chetham’s Library, the 15th century Hanging Bridge, one of the oldest structures in Manchester; our wonderful neighbours also include the National Football Museum, Manchester Arena, the Printworks and the Corn Exchange. We share visitors, training, knowledge and friendship and the opportunity to get to know other cultural venues in the city will be offered regularly.

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

Full training is given. An interest in Manchester’s rich history and the role of this Cathedral at the heart of this 21st century metropolis is essential.


School and College visits

Are you (or someone you know) looking for an opportunity to work with school children and students?

The Education Department welcomes over 4000 school children each 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, and during school holidays then please get in touch.


Cathedral Voluntary Choir

If you can read music and sing why not find out about the Cathedral Voluntary Choir. This friendly team rehearse every Friday evening and sing Evensong every Sunday during term time. There is a great social aspect to this choir and they enjoy touring at other Cathedrals and Churches during the summer. If you are interested in an audition for the Choir, please contact Geoffrey Woollatt.




Voluntary Choir - Geoffrey Woollatt

Education - Pam Elliott

For all Welcomer, Guide and other roles, please email visitors@manchestercathedral.org