Volunteering and Friend's Groups


We value our volunteers. They are the lifeblood of the church with many people offering tireless support.  Whether it’s a traditional role associated with the church community, or something new to help widen your reach and appeal, it is important to make sure that everyone who volunteers is supported and managed to the highest possible standards. 

Your regional Community and Voluntary Service will be able offer advice and support, so do get in touch with them if you haven’t done so already.


A Guide to Working with Volunteers – Coming Soon.

In the meantime, see the following:

Safer Recruitment section of Safeguarding National Policies pages - https://www.elydiocese.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-policies-guidance-and-procedures/

Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and Fenland CVS –http://www.cambridgecvs.org.uk/Volunteering/Volunteer%20Managers%20Support

Norfolk CVS - http://www.communityactionnorfolk.org.uk/sites/

East Cambridgeshire CVS - https://www.vcaec.org.uk/

NCVO - The National Council for Voluntary Organisations - https://www.ncvo.org.uk/


Friend's Groups

When visiting a major historic tourist attraction, you may well have come across literature promoting a friends’ group there. But have you thought of setting one up for your church? You should – a friends’ group can bring huge benefits. It can help a parish to reach out to people beyond the congregation who can give the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and vicar a helping hand. It can help to give a church a life outside service times, turning it into a lively and vibrant community or arts venue. It can help with raising money for and organising major fabric repairs, it can see through projects that have been lingering on the ‘to do’ list for years. In short, it can bring about a radical and positive change in the fortunes of a church.

The Diocese of London have produced a handy Toolkit for anyone looking to set-up or just find out more about Friend’s Groups.  Written about 5-6 years ago, some of the references to grant funders are a little dated i.e. the Heritage Lottery Fund in now called the National Lottery Heritage Fund and no longer offers specific Grants for Places of Worship.  For information on Grants and Fundraising please visit the relevant pages on this, the Diocese of Ely’s website instead.


Diocese of London
Building friends: a toolkit for new friend's groups


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