Volunteer With Us

Looking for new Catholic volunteering opportunities in London or Hertfordshire?

Become a volunteer in the Diocese of Westminster and help grow the Church, make new friends and develop life-long skills. We reach 100s of parishes and 1,000s of young people from across London and Hertfordshire and your help makes the difference.

As a service, we are dedicated to providing you with the support, resources and companionship you need to achieve any of these roles. If there is anything we can do to help you manage this, why not send us an email at youth@rcdow.org.uk.

Caritas Westminster

The Caritas Volunteer Service makes volunteering as easy as possible for the Catholic community in London and Hertfordshire. They do this by allowing organisations and parishes to make volunteer opportunities available on our website, which people who want to volunteer can then apply for. The service is free for organisations and individuals, and is open to members of all faiths and none.

Browse through the opportunities advertised on the site by organisations and parishes, and if you are looking for something specific, you can narrow your search by skill, location, required hours, and type of project or organisation

Register for a free account with them and you will then be able to send your application or enquiry directly to the organisation. The organisation will get in touch with you to arrange the next steps and answer any questions you may have.

Parish Youth Leader

Becoming a Parish Youth Leader is an excellent way to get involved in the life of the parish and to help the spiritual and social development of the local young people. With over 200 parishes in the Diocese of Westminster, each with its own personality, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

There are three types of parish youth leader: Paid full-time; Paid part-time; and Voluntary. The majority of what people do is voluntary. However, when full, or part, time opportunities become available, they will usually be displayed on the diocesan website.

If the role of Parish Youth Leader interests you, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Speak to your parish priest to ask about opportunities to start up a youth group.
  2. If there’s already one set up, speak to the existing parish youth leader about getting involved.
  3. If nothing exists and your parish priest is keen on you starting something, contact us and we will provide assistance. You can email us at youth@rcdow.org.uk.

Lourdes Redcap

Service is an important part of being a Christian, and going on pilgrimage with the Diocese to Lourdes is a great way of serving those in need, as well as an opportunity to grow in your faith.

Every year, in the last week of July, the Diocese of Westminster embarks on a pilgrimage to Lourdes and young people are invited to serve as a Redcap in one of the following roles:

Hotel Redcap: members of the Hospitalite whose duties include getting assigned an ‘assisted pilgrim’ (a fellow pilgrim who is elderly, sick or disabled) and helping them with their every need throughout the week in Lourdes. Being a Redcap can also involve helping with the main events, such as the candlelight procession or reconciliation service. You must be at least 16 years old to do this role.

St Frai Redcap: The St Frai is a building in Lourdes that is set up more like a hospital, with wards, and can provide more specialist care than the hotels. As with Hotel-Assisted pilgrims, St Frai-Assisted Pilgrims also require assistance to and from venues during the pilgrimage. The St Frai operates on a slightly different timetable to the rest of the pilgrimage, so this role is based on a shift rota to make sure all the pilgrim’s needs are met. You must be at least 16 years old to do this role.

St Frai Helpers: The role of the St Frai helper is to support the doctors and nurses who provide care for the pilgrims staying in the St Frai. You do not need any medical qualifications to do this role. It includes helping pilgrims to get ready in the morning, making tea, socialising with the pilgrims – whatever is needed. You must be at least 18 years old to do this role.

Team Leaders: All Redcaps are assigned a Redcap Team Leader once they arrive in Lourdes. The team leaders have a variety of responsibilities, including allocating duties, supporting the Redcaps and liaising with the Group Leaders. You must be at least 18 years old to do this role, and have volunteered on at least two Westminster pilgrimages.

If you’re interested in becoming a Redcap for the next Lourdes pilgrimage, contact us at youth@rcdow.org.uk