Helping others


The current crisis has shown us that community spirit is alive and well with many examples of kindness and neighbourliness. Many people find themselves confined to home. But others, following the Government’s guidelines, are able to help in the community. Here are some tips on Tips-for-safe-volunteering.

If you feel you could volunteer in some way, do look at ‘Home But Not Alone’, which is a Suffolk-focused service that connects people who want to volunteer in their communities with people who need help during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is run through a system called Tribe-Volunteer, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. If you need help from a volunteer please phone freephone 0800 876 6926 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm, seven days a week)

The NHS staff are doing such a wonderful job at present. You may wish to support our local NHS Trust at the West Suffolk Hospital. Find out more here

The local foodbank, Gatehouse, also needs financial support. Donations can be made via their LocalGiving page

Volunteering at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral has a team of over 300 volunteers who support us in various ways, from tending the gardens to welcoming our many visitors. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop skills and give something back to the local community.

There are various roles available from behind the scenes support to more front facing opportunities. Find out more here.

For an informal conversation about volunteering or to find out further details please contact our Volunteer Recruitment Assistant here or call 01284 748720 to arrange an appointment. All prospective volunteers are required to complete our application form and one module of online Safeguarding training.’

The Guild of St Edmund

All volunteers at the Cathedral are members of the Guild of St Edmund. The Guild meets twice a year to acknowledge the contribution of volunteers, to hear talks and share in friendship.


The Guild has a volunteer Chair, who oversees regular meetings of representatives of each group of volunteers within the Cathedral at which they discuss matters relating to volunteering.

Minutes of Guild Committee meetings