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Engage Sustain Why

The Canny Space project will create a new use for Holy Trinity and help ensure a sustainable future for the building.

The project will:

  • Allow us to be flexible, working with new partners to strengthen our offer and reach
  • Give us increased profile in a city that is transforming its cultural and visitor offer
  • Provide us with a desirable and dynamic space, used by individuals, communities and businesses

To enable our volunteers to carry out their role effectively we always endeavor to provide a relevant induction on our work. In addition, we offer the opportunity for you to take part in any training you need to complete the tasks involved in your role. We will always explain clear the standards we expect for from our volunteers, and will encourage and support you to achieve and maintain these.

applyWe are currently recruiting volunteers for the following roles

  • Opening on the 1st saturday of each month to the public, duties include welcoming, providing refreshments, tours and talks
  • Stewards for various events across 2015
  • Learning volunteers to ass sit with inventory or artifacts with the church
  • Help to research our WW1 memorium

Volunteering at the The Canny Space with CCT

Volunteer Charter

The CCT Volunteer Charter has been developed in close collaboration with staff and our volunteers. It is a clear statement of the key volunteer commitments that the Trust is committed to as it seeks to provide excellent volunteering experiences, providing assurance for volunteers looking to get involved in one of the many opportunities CCT as to offer.

Here are some of the ways volunteers can help support our work:

  • Managing a heritage building (inc maintenance, development)
  • Developing and using Conservation skills
  • Committee skills / running a Friends Group
  • Building a team
  • Fund raising (trusts, government, corporate, donors, events)
  • Financial management
  • Event management
  • Communications (web, social media, print)
  • Meeting quality standards
  • Marketing / PR
  • Church tourism
  • Professional visitor welcome
  • Understanding our church (history, architecture, social)
  • Developing resources and materials
  • Undertaking research

 If you would like to contact the CCT regarding the charter or a query in connection to volunteering with us please email


CCT as an organisation clearly benefits from its volunteers. Indeed, many acknowledge that the Trust would simply not be able to operate without them. They are a skilled and committed workforce that represents a significant resource.


CCT has always relied on volunteers. Since our foundation in 1969, we have valued the work of local volunteers supporting local churches. Over the last three years in particular, volunteering has become central to all that CCT is about, with volunteer numbers now reaching over 1400 across the country. It is the very life force of the organisation.

Each year, regular programmes of training, networking, and peer support for both staff and volunteers will be delivered at national and regional level.

Learning & development opportunities include:

  • Training courses delivered by outside bodies such as SPAB
  • Training courses run by CCT staff or volunteers
  • Internships for several weeks or months
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Informal discussions with staff members
  • Meetings with more experienced volunteers or Friends Groups
  • Informal skill sharing sessions
  • Informally trying out new roles within the Trust

I enjoy seeing the church full of people – enjoying. Then when they have all gone home, you’re left - the silence is wonderful, the space, the ancient feel, the atmosphere. The fact that we have made something happen. I love it." (CCT volunteer)

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The Canny Space is the working project name for Holy Trinity Church, Church Street East, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 2BB.

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