Discover DeCrypt is a community project. Our volunteers are valued members of the team. We hope that everybody volunteering with us enjoys the experience; we certainly enjoy working with them. Together we share our skills, enthusiasm and passion for these beautiful buildings and their place both in the history of Gloucester and in today’s community.
Volunteering is for Everyone! Our friendly team welcomes new volunteers from all backgrounds. Anybody aged 18 and over is welcome. If you are under 18, you will need the consent of a parent or guardian
Many of our volunteers act as guides and welcomers, receiving visitors to the buildings, but we have other opportunities too. For example:
See our role descriptions for more information
We are flexible about hours. Some volunteers are able to commit to a regular morning or afternoon once a week, others come in once a month, or just occasionally. We are open at weekends and many events take place in the evenings, so there will be a slot for you, whatever your schedule.
We try to make sure that volunteering with us is a positive, fulfilling experience. People come to volunteering for different reasons. Whatever your reason is, tell us about it and we’ll try to provide what you are looking for. Here are a few reasons volunteers join us:
If you are doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award, Arts Award or looking for work experience, contact us to find out what we can offer.
“Volunteering at de Crypt is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I have done in a long time. The situation in the heart of the city means that it attracts all manner of people. For those that find themselves in difficult times, the place offers a welcome, a shelter from the outside elements, a cup of coffee and a biscuit along with a sympathetic ear. No judgements here! For the visitor to the city there is much to see and learn about and for our American visitors, in particular, it is almost a place of pilgrimage. It is a real joy to see countless visitors from the USA standing in the pulpit that George Whitefield preached from as they mimic his favourite pose and recite a few words from his book of sermons. For students of English history, the church is at the centre point of some of the major events in our past. The Roman Colonia was built around the site, our very own Roman altarpiece was discovered near the entrance door and we are just a stone’s throw from the statue to the Emperor Nerva who founded the Colonia. In the English Civil War, the church was a gunpowder factory and if you look at the North wall of the church you can see the bullet and shrapnel marks that are testament to the fierce nature of the famous Siege of Gloucester. We also have the Crypt School, founded by the Cookes which has been very beautifully restored, and we have the burial place of Robert Raikes who did so much to promote the Sunday School movement and prison reform. These are just a few examples of the church’s history so if your appetite for more is whetted by my comments and your curiosity has been awakened, then do not hesitate. Please come and join us. We are a friendly unpretentious bunch and your assistance and contribution in any capacity you like, would be most welcome. The coffee is good, the sense of belonging is ever present and the church brasses always need a polish!”