Gap year opportunities
Both of our Diocesan retreat centres rely on gap year students for their volunteer teams. So, if you are considering a gap year, and think you can make a positive contribution, please see the contact details below. Alton Castle
Would you like to spend a year working and living in a castle as a Catholic residential youth worker?
- Do you have a strong faith?
- Do you enjoy the outdoors?
- Could you live in community?
- Do you enjoy working with children?
Do you like to celebrate your faith? Do you want to share this with others?
If your answer to these questions is YES...then
- Make a deal with Christ,
- Make a deal with Soli!
Opportunities outside of the Birmingham Diocese
Savio House, Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire
Volunteers for a gap year are needed by Savio House Catholic residential centre.
Are you somebody that:
1. Will be uncertain as to the next step they want to take in career
2. Is likely to be drawn to teaching, youth or people-based work
3. Is attracted to a community experience and be able to benefit from it.
4. Has an open minded and searching attitude to the Christian faith
5. Is generally healthy and psychologically balanced
Or please contact Fr David O’Malley on 07973 832496.
In Reality is the Youth Ministry Team in the Diocese of Hallam.
Its purpose is to help young people become living witnesses to the gospel message in their everyday lives. The aim is not only to talk about religion, but to bring faith to life and allow young people to experience it for themselves.
In Reality hopes to show that the Gospel message is very much alive and relevant in our modern world by engaging them in discussion, encouraging involvement in music and drama, and providing liturgies that are accessible, dynamic and engaging.
The project has room for a couple of Team members, especially someone who wishes to do a second year taking on more responsibility plus the opportunity to study for a qualification in youth ministry.
You can make contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by (and very proud of) our Catholic roots and Catholic Social Teaching, Progressio has been working alongside people in developing countries for decades to help them gain power over their lives and overcome injustice and the barriers that keep them poor.
This programme invites young adults from across the UK to join the fight against poverty today.
What is Progressio ICS?
We are offering 18 to 25 year olds a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer for 10 weeks in El Salvador, Honduras, Malawi, Nicaragua or Zimbabwe.
This is a chance to use existing talents, gain new skills and get first-hand overseas experience in community development, and on return to the UK, to inspire social action within their faith community on global issues and injustice. Volunteers work in teams of 6-8 alongside local people to tackle poverty together in the areas of environment, HIV, participation and gender.
Progressio ICS is open to young adults from all backgrounds to make a real difference alongside some of the world’s poorest people, and is an opportunity to further develop skills by taking on a specific role within the team, such as blogging, collecting visual media, monitoring and evaluation or community relations.
What does it cost?
Volunteers do not have to pay to be able to participate in Progressio ICS, but are asked to fundraise (usually £800) to help meet some of the costs.
Some key details young adults might need
While volunteers can be aged 18-25, we are also looking for a small number of volunteer group leaders, who must be 23+ and have experience of leading groups of young people.
We have four departures a year in October, January, March/April and July and a rolling recruitment process. This is a very popular programme and we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible, by completing an online application form (http://www.ics-uk.org.uk/apply/ ).