Volunteering

Be a part of St Augustine’s community. A team of great volunteers welcomes our visitors and runs events. Volunteering at St Augustine’s can be very rewarding, bringing you into contact with many interesting visitors, meeting new people, and leading you into fascinating areas of knowledge.

There are many ways to volunteer at St Augustine’s. To ask about any of these positions, contact us.

Welcome Desk

Join the team of welcomers who greet visitors every day at St Augustine’s. Operating in two-hour shifts, this is a great way to meet the many people who visit St. Augustine’s.

Guide

Guides receive training and undertake their own reading to learn to give people guided tours of St Augustine’s.

Cleaning

Like painting the Forth Bridge, St Augustine’s constantly requires cleaning. Cleaning may not be the most glamourous job, but it’s essential to keeping St Augustine’s looking presentable.

Shop

Every visitor wants to take a souvenir of their visit, and inevitably take a look at our shop. Our small team of shop volunteers looks after ordering stock, finding new stock lines, monitoring sales, and presenting the items for sale.

Communications and Social Media

Posting on social media, maintaining the website, e-mailing supporters, expanding our digital reach, and press relations are essential to St Augustine’s as it expands. This is a job for a small computer-literate team of volunteers.

Altar Serving

Assisting at liturgies is an important voluntary work at St Augustine’s.

Interpretation Leaders

As the Visitor Centre has more and more activities, volunteers are needed to help run events and administer exhibitions and displays. Some of these volunteers also undertake tours and guiding duties.

Flower arrangers

Volunteers kindly make St Augustine’s lively and beautiful with flower arrangements, and especially on special occasions and feasts during the year.

Kitchenette and Volunteers’ Refreshments

The volunteers have their own kitchenette where they can make tea and coffee, and have some biscuits or cake to eat. A few volunteers keep an eye on this area to make sure it is clean and well stocked.

Pilgrimage refreshments

Visiting groups – ‘pilgrimages’ as we call them – often need some refreshments when they arrive or during the afternoon. A group of smiling volunteers help to prepare and give these out.

Gardening and Grounds

The plants and lawns in the central garden (the Garth) and the churchyard need frequent attention, so a small team looks after them. New gardeners are always welcome!

Music and Singing

Singing is a wonderful part of life St Augustine’s, and we welcome more singers. “The person who sings prays twice,” as St Augustine of Hippo is supposed to have said. There is a group who sings for Mass on Sundays, and we have monthly sung Vespers too. Most music is Gregorian Chant, the style brought to England by St Augustine, with some other music as well.

Archives and Library

The National Pugin Centre incorporates a Library and collection of Pugin-related items and manuscripts. Access to this is by appointment, so a volunteer team manages this collection and access to it.

Contact Us

To volunteer at St Augustine’s, or to find out more, e-mail office@augustineshrine.co.uk or call 01843 606756.