Category Archives: Volunteer training


ExploreChurches offer hundreds of interesting days out visiting some of the best church heritage in the UK. Whatever your passion, we can help you feed it!

TRAINING: Open Door Forum Yorkshire

The Churches Visitors and Tourism Association present an Open Door Forum A day to share your experiences of open church and listen to those of others. Come and listen! Come and share! Come and discuss! Together we can find examples of good practice in making our church buildings work for us to bring new people […]

Heritage Open Days 2016 Organisers Fair

This year Heritage Open Days will run 8–11 September 2016. This follows on from the success of 2015, which saw almost 40,000 volunteers and some 3.4m visitors participate across the UK. It is England’s biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers who open up buildings of every age, size and style including places of worship and invite […]

Friends of the City Churches

The Friends of the City Churches is an architectural heritage charity dedicated to preserving and promoting the beautiful and unique churches found within the square mile of the City of London. The website provides a history of each church, a map and times of when each church is open. They also have a group of […]

Welcome Host

Welcome Hosts can provide customer welcome training. The Churches Visitor and Tourism Association can provide details of individual trainers who are able to offer welcome training specially for places of worship.

Volunteering England

Volunteering England is the national volunteer development organisation for England. You can find guidance on managing your volunteers and investing in them on their website.

The Faith Encounter Programme in Birmingham

The Faith Encounter Programme is based in Birmingham. It is a multi-faith group working to develop mutual respect and understanding between people of all faiths and none in the West Midlands. They have pioneered the development of an accredited Faith Guiding Course in partnership with the Institute of Tourist Guiding. The Faith Guiding Certificate has […]

Telling our Story – Methodist Heritage

A (2008) presentation by Jo Hibbard, Methodist Heritage Officer, and Ed MacKenzie on a workshop being offered to heritage stewards, and Methodist volunteers on opening their churches to the public and giving them confidence in explaining how the history of their special place and the story of Methodism locally links into the story of Methodism more […]