Volunteers

VOLUNTEERING AT THE SHRINE

We welcome enquiries from people who would like to offer their time and expertise to the Shrine.  We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available and we will work with you to find the best use for your skills and enthusiasm to help us provide the best visit possible for our pilgrims and visitors.

All our departments are encouraged to take volunteers.   We gain from your skills and contribution and we hope you will enjoy getting to know the Shrine and becoming a valuable part of our service to visitors and pilgrims.

You can choose to work in the following departments:

  • The Housekeeping Department
  • Refectory
  • Norton’s Cafe-Bar
  • The Sacristy
  • The Shrine Shop
  • The gardens
  • Membership
  • Schools Department (experience necessary)

At busier times we may ask you to help in different departments.  Full training will be given for any tasks you are asked to undertake, and our friendly staff are always there to ask for guidance.

We offer two types of volunteering opportunity:

Residential Volunteers

Every year we welcome a steady stream of friends who volunteer their services in return for board and lodging and the chance to enjoy the peace of the Shrine during their stay with us.  Volunteers normally come to Walsingham for one or two weeks during the spring and summer, many returning year after year.

 

Local Volunteers

We encourage any person who lives locally and wishes to support the ethos of the Shrine to spare an amount of time on a regular basis to help us at the Shrine.

Currently we have a team of around twenty Welcome Centre Stewards who provide an essential meet and greet service to visitors and tourists coming to the Shrine.   Each day a pair of stewards – one in the church and one in the Welcome Centre – answer visitors’ questions, guide them around the buildings and grounds, and assist at the daily service of Sprinkling.

We are expanding the opportunities for local volunteers to help in the Membership and Education Departments so are particularly interested to hear from people who have administration skills they would like to practice.

If you are interested in further information about volunteering at the Shrine please contact Nigel Maggs-Oosterhagen, the Membership Manager on 01328 820582 or emailing membs@olw-shrine.org.uk