Our volunteers are an essential part of our community. Our volunteers fulfil a variety of roles and they play a vital part in the successful running of the building. There is a role for everyone at the Cathedral. Some of our volunteers conduct guided tours while others ring our bells and we appreciate the input made by all. Saint Patrick’s is also a wonderful place to get work experience and the Cathedral facilitates internships as well as work placements. Read our volunteer handbook to find out more.
The Cathedral offers free tours for members of the public at set times each day. These are delivered by both Cathedral staff and volunteers. Guided tours are crucial for helping our visitors engage with the life and history of the building and ensuring that they have an enjoyable experience. Volunteers receive training on guiding tours, no previous experience is necessary.
Bell ringing has been going on at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for around 700 years, and today this proud tradition continues. Bell ringing is a traditional art and an invaluable contribution to church life. The bells call out to our community to announce that worship is beginning at Saint Patricks’ and to invite them to join. The Saint Patrick’s Society of Amateur Change Ringers is a sociable group where you make friends from many walks of life, locally and globally.
The Education Department is responsible for the delivery of education sessions to visiting groups such as Primary and Secondary schools. Education Facilitators will be asked to deliver sessions to these visiting groups. Education sessions generally involve a guided tour of the Cathedral followed by an activity which is focused around one subject area. (Either History, Art, Architecture, Religion or Music).
Hospitality is central to the Cathedral’s identity. Whether they are visiting the building to worship or simply to explore some of its fascinating stories, it is vital that everyone who visits the cathedral receives a warm welcome. Our volunteers help to distribute information leaflets to visitors, answer questions and help to ensure that our visitors have an enjoyable experience.
n.b.: Volunteers who are in contact with children or vulnerable adults will be Garda Vetted before commencement of their role and must conform with the Cathedral’s Safeguarding Trust policy. Volunteers must be fluent English speakers, be able to communicate clearly with our visitors, and have an interest in learning and sharing information about the Cathedral.
Are you interested in getting involved? Get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator, Clark Brydon, to register as a volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +353 (0) 1 453 9472.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral participates in the Gasice Programme and can sign off (as a PAL).