Here is an overview of the programme we run for the volunteers:
The programme runs from September through June
Volunteers live in accommodation provided by the Charity. The house supplies the basics for daily living including a computer and internet access.
We operate in various communities within the UK. Our current established communities are in Manchester and Liverpool.
Allowance: In the spirit of the Vincentian ethos of living simply, our volunteers are each given a weekly allowance of £20 which goes to a collective purse for food shopping. Each volunteer is also given a personal weekly allowance of £30.
Travel Expenses: Volunteers are each provided with monthly bus passes to take care of their transport to and from their placements. The passes can also be used over the weekends.
Volunteers try to create a community – a faith community – where each person is respected and valued.
There are usually three or four in a community. Household duties and responsibilities are shared, and each one cares for the other.
Each volunteer has at least one placement in whichever city they are assigned, working for 30 hours a week, with people who are disadvantaged in some way. A second placement is available to most volunteers occupying less hours but which gives another opportunity for the volunteer to use their gifts and talents and to have more to share with others.
This is a “faith” year as well as a gap year, and all volunteers share their faith with each other and continue to deepen their relationship with God. As part of the input of the year, several weekends are arranged - a time for development and relaxation.