This week marks Volunteers Week 2021.
The official website encourages everyone to take the time to say thank you to all volunteers. They recognise that, during an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and have made a huge difference to people and their communities.
We have over 700 volunteers covering over 50 roles here at the Cathedral. We wouldn’t be the place we are without the support of our volunteers.
In my role as safeguarding manager, I work alongside our volunteer co-ordinator to keep our volunteers up to date with their safeguarding training.
As part of our volunteer induction programme, all of our volunteers have a safeguarding input. I talk them through our safeguarding practice guidance – one key document we refer to is our aide memoire. You can see our aide memoire on the website here.
Prior to starting as a volunteer, everyone is asked to complete the basic Church of England safeguarding training. Some roles require additional training (Foundation and/or Leadership).
This safeguarding training gives everyone an appreciation of why safeguarding is so important as we welcome so many members of the public into our buildings.
As we progress through Volunteers Week, please take the time to say thank you to any of our volunteers you come across.