Education Volunteer

Durham City

To support the Cathedral's busy and vibrant Education Team in delivering high quality sessions to school, college and uniformed groups. Assisting in delivering family activities during school holidays and/or weekends.


• To provide a friendly, lively, enthusiastic and skilled delivery of set sessions which engage learners.
• To inform and inspire children and young people through a number of teaching methods that can include tours, storytelling and
object handling.
• To support the safety and well-being of those in the session.
• Helping to ensure consistent high quality delivery of the Cathedral’s Education Programme including constant reflective
practice to guarantee high standards are maintained.

Skills & Qualities

• A lively, enthusiastic and skilled individual who can engage learners of all ages and has a willingness to work with different age
• Articulate with excellent communication skills including a strong, clear speaking voice.
• Respect and sensitivity towards all religions, beliefs, cultures and backgrounds and an empathy with the mission and values of
the Cathedral. You do not have to be religious but just empathic to the organisation's mission and ethos.
• Able to adapt to suit the needs of learners.
• A general understanding of the National Curriculum is useful.
• Reflective practitioner.
• Reliable, conscientious and a good time keeper.
• Flexible and adaptable.
• The ability to deal with difficult situations safely and efficiently and with tact and diplomacy.
• A good degree of mobility and stamina as volunteers may be required to lead groups both inside and outside the Cathedral,
negotiating steps and uneven surfaces.
• Willingness to attend relevant training courses and learn about the Cathedral.
• Teaching experience and/or volunteering experience with children and young people is desirable.
• Experience of working with learners with special educational needs (SEN) is desirable
• Knowledge of other languages including BSL is desirable.

When & Where?

Education delivery usually takes place between 09:30 and 14:00 Monday to Friday during term time.
Family activities usually take place during school holidays, Monday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00 and some weekends.

Cathedral, Education Centre next door, the Open Treasure museum and the Woodlands and Riverbanks surrounding the Cathedral including our Forest School.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

• Depending on your experience, up to 1 year shadowing members of the Cathedral Education Team.
• Regular Education Volunteer update meetings.
• National Church of England Safeguarding training (mandatory): The Basic Awareness module (done once) and Foundation module (refreshed every three years) of this online safeguarding course must be completed before you start your volunteer role. They can be accessed at and a copies of your certificates are required as part of your induction. If you would like support with online access or you have been affected by any of the content, please just let us know as help is available.

• Education Team including the Head of Education and Education Assistant.
• Volunteers Manager.

Durham Cathedral has been awarded the County Durham Kite Mark in volunteering (administered by Durham Community Action) which shows that it recognises the value of recruiting and retaining volunteers, works to overcome barriers to volunteering and is a place where volunteers receive a high quality, positive experience.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer expenses.

Volunteer Benefits

• Playing an important role in helping to deliver the Cathedral’s Education Programme, giving learners a positive, informative and
enthusiastic experience.
• Experience of working with children and young people within and outside formal education. References available on request.
• A diverse, stimulating and satisfying voluntary role.
• Being part of a passionate and dedicated team.
• Being part of some of the key events in the Cathedral’s calendar.
• Being involved in the important life and history of Durham’s most iconic building and encourage a love for local heritage.
• Opportunity to join the Cathedral’s Community Roll.
• Cloister Card offering 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop and Undercroft Restaurant (conditions apply).
• Refreshments.
• The opportunity to access other volunteering roles and training.

Other Information

Recruitment is through an application form with references, interview, induction and shadowing period. A DBS check is mandatory for this role and will be undertaken during your shadowing period.

Durham Cathedral takes the safeguarding and welfare of its staff, clergy, volunteers and visitors extremely seriously and will take immediate action in any circumstance where the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults is at stake. It is expected that all staff and volunteers share this commitment.

Due to severely limited space we are sorry but there is no parking available to volunteers in the Cathedral grounds unless agreed in advance.

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Hours: Cathedral Office is open 09:00 - 16:30 Type: Museums/Heritage, Arts & Crafts, Families/Parenting, Faith/Religion, Children/Young People
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