Hospitality volunteer roles

Discover a range of hospitality based volunteering opportunities at Chichester Cathedral, including roles as Welcomers, Guides, Stewards, Servers, Day Chaplains, Retail Assistants and Outreach.

Each role contributes uniquely to the Cathedral's life, making volunteering a rewarding experience for those passionate about history, hospitality and community engagement.


Explore our hospitality roles


Our dedicated team of Welcomer volunteers, provide a warm reception to Cathedral visitors during public hours. Welcomers offer information, answer queries, and cater to individual visitor needs. If you enjoy meeting new people and sharing the Cathedral's rich history, this volunteer role may be perfect for you.



Contribute to the seamless experience of Cathedral services and events as a Steward. Engage in a public-facing role, welcoming congregation members and visitors to various Cathedral functions. Be a vital part of creating a positive and enjoyable experience for all.



Assist the Clergy and Vergers during the 11.00am Sunday Eucharist and at other occasional services,including helping to prepare for the service (arriving at least fifteen minutes before or earlier if a rehearsal is required) and processing the choir and clergy in and out of the Cathedral and other duties during the service.


Day Chaplains

The Day Chaplain role aligns with the Worship, Pastoral, Missional, and Evangelistic aspects outlined in the Cathedral’s Vision. It involves being prominently present on the Cathedral floor, offering pastoral support to visitors, volunteers and employees. Day Chaplains may engage in confidential conversations, following the guidelines set in the Safeguarding Policy. Additionally, they are lead hourly prayers and provide assistance during services.

day chaplain role description

Retail Assistants

A varied role, Retail Assistants acts as an ambassador for the Cathedral, welcoming and serving customers, providing information, operating the tills, selling tickets to Guided Tours and more. Find out more in the role description below.



Outreach volunteers play an important role in supporting families to learn about and engage with the Cathedral, past and present. Working with our team they undertake a variety of tasks to support the range of activities and workshops offered as part of the wider Cathedral programme; getting involved in different activities, encouraging families to have a go at drawing, reading, listening, dressing up and more.

outreach role description


Chichester Cathedral is committed to supporting people of all ages to learn from and engage with this unique and rich environment. Schools’ volunteers play an important role in supporting children to learn about and engage with the Cathedral past and present. They undertake a variety of tasks to support the range of activities and workshops offered as part of the programme for schools.

schools' role description

A welcomer greets visitors at the Cathedral entrance
A guide shows two visitors one of the Chichester Reliefs, a medieval stone carving
Volunteers say goodbye to visitors leaving the Cathedral
A guide shows a tour group the Chagall window, which has vibrant red stained glass
Get in touch
Volunteer and HR Co-ordinator
Carolyn Atkinson
(01243) 812983