Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thanks for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. At Chelmsford Cathedral we want to join in by saying thank you to our volunteers!
As Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford, referred to in his Dean's letter for this week; "the word "volunteer" is important. It comes from the Latin word for desire. As volunteers, we do something because we desire to do it, not because we have to. It is unfortunate that in our culture we tend to use the word to mean someone who isn't paid when in fact the word carries a much deeper and more positive resonance. ... Volunteering is all about identifying what it is we desire, developing our gifts, and then using them for the common good. With National Volunteers' Week, this is a fantastic invitation to celebrate our volunteers here at Chelmsford Cathedral. As we re-emerge from the pandemic, this is also an important time to consider the future shape of volunteering here at Chelmsford Cathedral, and to develop our gifts in response. I want to encourage and invite each of us to think about this seriously. What have I got to offer? What do I want to do? What do I desire?"
Our Volunteers Page on the website may give you some useful information in order to get you started thinking about your volunteering journey. You can find it by clicking on this link. But to really get a feel for volunteering and the wide and varied roles that you could discover, do speak to our Volunteer Manager Ann who can put you in touch with a group and start you on the first steps to volunteering.
This week is an opportunity to thank past, present (and future) volunteers for the roles they do to allow us to be open seven days a week, 365 days a year for the local community and visitors to the city. Thank you.