Supporting the co-ordination of volunteer Flower Arrangers in their provision of appropriate floral displays throughout the Cathedral year.
Providing practical assistance to our teams of Flower Arrangers when they are on site and liaising with the Liturgy Office Manager on administrative matters relating to coordination of Flower Arranging at the Cathedral.
In this role you can expect to:
•Carry materials and equipment (e.g. flowers, soaked oasis blocks, buckets, etc.) between storage areas and various positions in the Cathedral for use by the Flower Arrangers.
•Communicate any needs or requests of the Flower Arrangers to the Liturgy Office Manager, including their requirements for supplies of specific flowers, materials and equipment.
•Note and report any issues relating to specifications of arrangements or the operations while the Flower Arrangers are on site.
•Attending at the Annual Flower Arrangers Coffee Morning and meetings.
This role does not directly involve arranging flowers; however, it could be carried out alongside the role of Flower Arranger if desired.
We welcome volunteers from any background, of all faiths and none, and those who in turn show respect and sensitivity towards all nationalities, religions, beliefs, cultures, backgrounds, and the values of the Cathedral as a working church.
For this role, we are seeking volunteers aged 16 or over offering the following:
• An interest in flowers and flower arrangements
• Ability and willingness to carry materials and equipment
• Communication and interpersonal skills; pleasant and polite manner
• Empathy with the mission and values of the Cathedral
• Team working skills
• Reliability, flexibility and adaptability
• Current email address
The following would be an advantage although you can gain experience of these with us if you don’t have them already:
• Knowledge of and experience in flower arranging
In this role, you will usually be based in the Cathedral, with occasional visits to the Liturgy Office.
We ask volunteers in this role to ideally commit to Friday mornings when the Flower Arrangers are due on site, arriving not earlier than 09:00 and remaining on site until the Flower Arrangers have completed their work (usually not later than 13:00).
There will be a small amount of additional time needed for administrative communication with the Liturgy Office Manager.
Flowers are arranged throughout the year with the exception of Lent and Advent.
The following will be provided:
• General induction if you are new to volunteering at the Cathedral.
• Induction to specific duties by the Liturgy Office Manager
• Manual Handling training
• Additional training as appropriate
We will also ask you to complete the Church of England Safeguarding Training to Foundations level. This is mandatory for all Cathedral volunteers and further details of how to access the training will be provided once your application form has been accepted.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer expenses.
• Supporting the delivery of some of the key events in the Cathedral’s liturgical calendar
• Being involved in the important life and history of Durham’s most iconic building
• Playing an important role in enhancing visitors’ experience of the Cathedral
• Being part of a passionate and dedicated team
• References available on request
• Opportunity to join the Cathedral’s Community Roll
• Cloister Card offering 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop and Undercroft Restaurant (conditions apply)
• Various optional volunteer training as available
Please use the information on our website to plan your travel to the Cathedral by public transport or by parking in and around the city. We are not usually able to offer parking in the Cathedral grounds unless agreed in advance.
Unfortunately, some areas of the Cathedral are not fully accessible without the use of steps, and as a historic building, some floors are uneven. The nature of this role necessitates lifting and carrying heavy objects or transporting them by pushing or pulling a trolley. Please do let us know if mobility may be challenging for you in this environment.