Volunteer at Westminster Abbey

We look for enthusiastic, committed people to join our team of volunteers. If there are volunteer vacancies, they will be listed below.

All successful applicants will need to undergo a Criminal Records check.

Current vacancies

Independent Person - Ref:VOL013

Westminster Abbey Choir School is looking for an empathetic individual to volunteer as an Independent Person (formerly Independent Listener) at our school. Here at Westminster Abbey Choir School, we have a system, whereby, any child who wishes to talk to an independent adult can do so. This is open to all students, and pupils are informed of who this person is and how to contact them. Our school is unique because it only educates the Choristers of Westminster Abbey and so the school has up to 30 pupils only at any one time.

This position is unpaid and voluntary, and is independent of the main lines of School management.

Please see the attached job description for more information on what the role entails, as well as our Independent Person Policy.
Closing Date for Applications: 28 June 2024, although if a pool of suitable candidates becomes available before that date the School reserves the right to interview and appoint without further notice.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Closing date Friday, 28th June 2024 at 12.00 PM

How to apply: 

Further information about the role is available in the Application Pack on the TES website, which also clarifies the need to submit an on-line application form via TES. CVs will not be accepted.

Independent Person - VOL013, Westminster - Tes Jobs



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Honorary Steward (Usher Volunteers) - Ref: VOL012

Westminster Abbey is seeking enthusiastic and welcoming individuals to join their team of Honorary Stewards, also known as Ushers. This is a unique role that was established in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition.

This volunteer role offers a unique chance to contribute to the welcoming and historic atmosphere of one of the world's most iconic landmarks. As an Honorary Steward, you will be responsible for assisting at services by welcoming, seating, and directing members of the congregation, ensuring that each visitor has a memorable and respectful experience. Your duties will include supporting regular and special services, attending briefings, and assisting with various ceremonial tasks. This role is perfect for those who are passionate about history, committed to service, and eager to be part of a prestigious institution.

This role may at times require volunteers to be available on weekends and during the evenings.

As an Honorary Steward, you will be expected to be available for duty for at least five Sunday Services, on a minimum of three Sundays every quarter; ten Stewards usually required for each week’s Sunday services. Honorary Stewards are also expected to be available for duty for at least two “Special” Services each quarter, most of which are during the week. These can be Memorial Services or Services to recognise anniversaries, public events or organisations.

You do not need to have been an Honorary Steward before, but understanding how Ushers fulfil duties will be ideal. Full training will be given.

Perhaps, you’ve come across this opportunity, and it isn’t quite for you, but you know who it might be perfect for, please do forward it to them.

Westminster Abbey strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer, we know that there are areas we can improve, so we are strongly encouraging candidates of all different backgrounds, environments and identities to apply, particularly from women and those from a black and ethnic minority background. Diversity in every sense is important to us and each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in different perspectives. We are committed to building an inclusive and supportive environment for our staff and volunteers to flourish and to deliver their best.

Closing date Tuesday, 2nd July 2024 at 12.00 PM

How to apply: 

Please return your completed application form and Equal Monitoring form by email to: volunteers@westminster-abbey.org 

CVs will not be accepted. 

Closing Date:

Applications will need to be submitted by noon on Tuesday 2 July 2024.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on 30 and 31 July 2024.


Westminster Abbey is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk. To prevent them from harm, we undertake appropriate checks on staff and volunteers and require them to complete relevant safeguarding training and a basic criminal record check.  Westminster Abbey is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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