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Education Facilitator

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

About Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral is primarily a place of worship but most of its day to day work is as a major tourist destination.

What's Involved

The Education Department are responsible for the delivery of education sessions to visiting groups such as Primary and Secondary schools. In 2017/18 nearly 5000 students of every age received some form of interaction with a member of the Education Department. In order to increase the Cathedral’s capacity to deliver these education sessions the department is hoping to create a panel of Volunteer Education Facilitators.

Education Facilitators will be asked to work directly with visiting school/ community groups in specific subject areas.
Education sessions generally involve a guided tour of the Cathedral followed by an activity which is focussed around one subject area. (Either History, Art, Architecture, Religion or Music).
We are looking for facilitators who are specialists in one or more of these subject areas.
Facilitators will also be asked to contribute toward the continuing development of new activities and the promotion of education sessions to schools/ community groups.

Time commitment
Volunteer facilitators will be asked to commit to at least 6 months or at most 1 year at a time. After 1 year volunteers can recommit to another 6-12 months. The commitment in terms of hours would depend mostly on the demand from schools for specific subject areas. Visiting schools/ community generally visit between the hours of 10.00 until 14.00 and a volunteer facilitator may expect to be asked to deliver one session per week but may be asked to deliver more depending on demand.

Support and Supervision
Education Facilitators primary point of contact in the Cathedral is the Education Officer. In his/ her absence another member of the Education department may also deal with any problems/ issues arising. Yearly support meetings are held between volunteers and the Education Officer in order to discuss any problems which may have arisen and also to establish if the volunteer wishes to recommit for another 6-12 months.

What's required for this position

This position would best suit someone who enjoys working in education/ tour guiding or simply with students.

Alongside activities Educational facilitators will also be asked to deliver guided tours of the building and should therefore ideally have an interest in the building and its life.

Experience of working with students in some capacity is essential for the position and facilitators must be able to communicate clearly and engage with visiting students.

Training in the delivery of guided tours and education sessions will be provided by an existing member of the Education Department. Health and Safety training is mandatory for all volunteers at the Cathedral. All necessary information about the life and history of the building will be made available.

  • Arts/ Music/ Drama
  • Education/ Training
  • Youth/ Childcare

Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 6 months

Hours required: 3hrs

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 8

Other location details:
Volunteer facilitators will be based in the Cathedral building. Activities which form part of education sessions are generally delivered in the South Transept of the building.

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Physical Disability

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the life of the Cathedral and we deeply appreciate the effort made by all. Volunteers are invited to an annual appreciation event, and offered an allocation of tickets for the annual Christmas Eve service in the Cathedral.

Getting there

By Car, by Bus (54,49,151,27,56A,77A,150)

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
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