Events Assistant for Portsmouth Cathedral

Portsmouth Cathedral’s Events Assistants are the ‘face’ of our events, performances, and exhibitions, ensuring that visitors have a positive, enjoyable, and safe experience. The role will cover three areas: Front of House, Bar & Refreshments and Ticketing.  The main tasks are -

All Areas   - Look after visitors to make sure they are safe and happy  

- Function as a good ambassador of Portsmouth Cathedral supporting the vision, strategy, and mission  

- Answer visitor questions, queries, and problems, reporting to the appointed Portsmouth Cathedral Staff member if required  

- Assist in emergency evacuations of the site (full training will be given)  

- Represent the Cathedral by wearing the approved uniform  

Front of House   - Welcome visitors as they arrive for events  

- Check tickets and show visitors to their seats/areas  

- Sell programmes  

- Bar & Refreshments  

- Assist in setting up and clearing away refreshment service stations  

- Check stock levels at the start and end of a shift  

- Serve refreshments to visitors, including running bar facilities, tea & coffee stations, and other refreshment related services  

- Cash handling, checking floats are correct at the start and end of a shift  

- Use a card machine to take payments  

- Comply with the Cathedral’s premises licence and Age Verification Policy when serving refreshments  

Ticketing   - Assist in setting up the box office serving point  

- Check ticketing information when required, doing so in a manner which complies with GDPR  


- Well presented, with a friendly and approachable personality; possess a sense of humour and can-do attitude.

- Enthusiasm for, and willingness to engage with people so that they experience a high standard of customer service.

- Patience and tact are required in interactions with the public.

- Ability to work without supervision after thorough training; comfortable with working alone.

- An interest in community, cultural, creative and heritage events 

- Availability to volunteer for some evening and weekend events 


  • Limited Physical Access
    Yes - we are happy for all to enquire about the role, and it will be decided on as a case-by-case basis.
  • Not suitable for under 18's
  • Will require references
    In line with Safer Recruitment, we will require two references.

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Flexible hours (mostly evenings) – we would require Bar Assistants to sign up for at least one shift per month. Ideally, we would like volunteers to give a minimum of 3 months commitment however, the longer you commit to this role the more you will benefit. 


Portsmouth Cathedral
High St
Old Portsmouth

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