Catholic Volunteering Opportunities

Looking for new Catholic volunteering opportunities? Join Westminster Youth Ministry's team of volunteers in London and Hertfordshire.

Catholic volunteering opportunities in the diocese

Looking for new Catholic volunteering opportunities in London or Hertfordshire? Join Westminster Youth Ministry’s team of volunteers and help grow the Church, make new friends and develop life-long skills.

From helping grow the youth activity in your parish to spending a gap year as a volunteer missionary in our retreat centre supporting schools and parishes, there is tons that we’d love for you to be involved with. We reach 100s of parishes and 1,000s of young people from across north London and the county of 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.

Currently, there are eight Catholic volunteering opportunities with us:

  1. Parish Youth Worker
  2. Parish Youth Service
  3. SPEC Volunteer Missionary
  4. Online Content Creator
  5. Musician
  6. Speaker
  7. Event volunteer
  8. Prayer Warrior

Parish Youth Worker

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“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

About the Youth Leader Network

The Youth Leader Network (YLN) is an initiative to support youth workers across the 200+ parishes that make up our great diocese. This is for those of you who want to get involved in your community and help shape a better future, by supporting and nurturing the saints and role models of tomorrow!

Presently, our members run everything from Eucharistic adoration evenings, to parish sport groups, to praise and worship sessions.

The YLN is all about community and support, with the key aim being to allow you to meet others doing similar work in other parishes.

What we offer

If you are trying to help young people in your parish context, we want to help you. We will provide you with training days, face-to-face support, resources, an annual retreat, on the ground support and socials.

You’ll also receive termly emails that will update you on new opportunities for you and your young people. These will generally be events that are put on by either ourselves or other members of the church but there will also be the occasional opportunity for discounts or early booking for specific events.

Requirements

As part of the YLN, the only thing you need is to be an adult (aged 18+) who is either running, or trying to start to run, a youth group for your parish.

How to sign up

To sign up for the Youth Leader Network, contact us at youth@rcdow.org.uk.

Parish Youth Service

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“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

About the Parish Youth Service

Life is too short to be glued in front of screens all the time – spend it getting out and being involved in making a difference!

The Parish Youth Service (PYS) is all about you supporting other young people to become great – to be the saints and role models of the future.

By getting involved, you will build up valuable life skills and brilliant experiences that’ll help you greatly in later life.

PYS is based in your local parish community, so you’re always close to home.

The benefits of the youth service

A selection of skills some of our present volunteers feel they’ve grown in are:

  • Public speaking
  • Faith formation
  • Group leadership
  • Community organisation
  • Behaviour management
  • One-to-one communication
  • Tech support
  • Personal organisation
  • Team building

Requirements

You need to be between 14-18 years old.

What you need to do

If you’re interested in the Parish Youth Service, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Check your local parish to see if there is a youth group. You may want to check with your parish priest.
  2. If there is, get in contact with your local youth group leader about getting involved. Involvement can be anything from set up, game leading, general support throughout the evening or even tech support. Everyone is welcome and all talents are useful!
  3. If there isn’t a group in your own parish, check out What’s On hereWe try to keep this as up to date as possible and are constantly adding new groups as they start. Click on one of the points closest to your home and email the parish for further direction.

Contact us so that we can help start you up and support you as you build your youth group.

SPEC Volunteer Missionary

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

About being a SPEC Volunteer Missionary

Every year, a group of young people are welcomed into our SPEC community to spend a year of formation, evangelisation and a life of holiness as a Volunteer Missionary (VM).

As a VM you will work with literally 1,000s of young people. You will lead games, mentor, share your story, give talks on different areas of the faith and lead young people into life-changing experiences of prayer.

VMs form a team, of roughly 14, committed to living an authentically Catholic life in community, whilst also being formed in their call to holiness. Each VM brings their own unique gifts, talents and skills to share the Gospel with the young people of the Diocese of Westminster who come to SPEC on retreat.

Food, accommodation and even a small allowance are provided, and the support and friendship of your fellow young adult missionaries will remain with you for life.

Requirements

You need to be between 18-25 years old.

What you’ll gain from being at SPEC

SPEC is the perfect year for those who want to go either into full-time ministry, any sector that works with young people or any role where you are regularly in a team or working in face-to-face situations.

You’ll receive first class training at the start and throughout your year in all the skills necessary to excel in both youth ministry and youth work. By the time you have left, we hope that the confidence and lessons you have learnt here will make you perfectly placed to transform any future role you go into.

The vibrant community prayer life, supportive discipleship program and top class formation can transform the way you see your life and really help you get the most from it.

Years at SPEC also count towards the years of experience you need working with young people for certain education programs or jobs, like the ‘Schools Direct’ teacher training scheme.

How to apply

To find out more about SPEC and becoming a Volunteer Missionary click here.

Online Content Creator

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“And the Lord answered me: ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.'” Habakkuk 2:2

About Online Content Creator

We’re constantly on the lookout for great, new content for our website. If you have an interest in any of the following, get in touch with us:

Voices: Do you have a story you’d like to share with the world? In Voices, we have various ways of expressing it, such as news, blogs, reviews, videos and lists. Everything from poetry to artwork, from theological breakdowns to stories you want to share about your Catholic life are welcome. Email us at youth@rcdow.org.uk with your content and any pictures you would like to be included. Our Voices section is updated regularly and if you would like further inspiration check out some of our current articles here.

Saints: Is there a saint that you really like and would like to write about? A popular area of our website is the Saints section where users such as yourselves go to share their favorite saints and learn about others. How it works is, after making sure no one has already written about them, first write a breakdown of the saint you have chosen. Next, write a short explanation as to why you find this saint to be so inspiring. Lastly, if there are any quotes or prayers related to this saint add them to the article and we’ll format the rest. When you’re happy with everything you’ve written, email your work to us at youth@rcdow.org.uk and after we’ve formatted it and added pictures, we’ll upload it as soon as possible!

For more info, click here.

Musicians

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“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1

About WYM’s musicians

We host regular events, such as The Summit, and are constantly on the look out for enthusiastic new musicians. If you’re excited and want to get involved in leading music, get in touch with Dominic at dominiccunliffe@rcdow.org.uk to be added to our musician list and find out about upcoming events.

On a more regular basis, almost all parishes will be more than happy to have additional musicians join them and this is a brilliant place to begin to hone your talents as a praise and worship leader.

What we offer – the Music Ministry scholarship

We are very aware of the time and effort it takes to develop your skills as a musician. To help, every year we run a Music Ministry scholarship in partnership with the acclaimed musician and worship leader, Edwin Fawcett. Those who sign on will learn all the skills they need to nurture their talent to an exceptional level.

This was exemplified by one of its past members coordinating and leading the music for over 2,000 people during Westminster Youth Ministry’s World Youth Day pilgrimage.

For further information about the scholarship click here.

Requirements

All interested musicians will have to be willing to work in a team and attend practice sessions ahead of any events.

Speakers

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“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” Psalm 93:3

About WYM’s speakers

We need passionate and authentic speakers!

Over the course of a year we will run multiple events where we will have a whole variety of young people come to experience and learn more about the faith. Our speakers either unpack different church teachings or share inspirational stories from their own life.

These talks are often a moment of clarity where, having heard and understood the truth of God’s love, young people will truly open their heart to God and experience the life-changing love first hand.

Requirements

We have no age restriction when it comes to being a speaker. The only prerequisites are that you’re happy to talk in front of large groups of young people, you are comfortable and able to talk about the subject matter without confusing the young people, and you’re willing to commit to giving up time to come and give the talk.

How to become a speaker

For more information on becoming a speaker and finding out what events presently need them, please contact Callum at callummoore@rcdow.org.uk.

Event volunteer

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“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11

About Event Volunteer

Running events requires lots of jobs, from manning the tuck shop to being a small group leader. We often call upon young adults who feel called to helping out at these larger events to provide the best possible experience for the young people attending.

How to assist in our events

If you would like to assist in our events, please Rebekah at rebekahcurran@rcdow.org.uk who will add you to our event volunteer network so you keep up to date with what events coming up will require these additional helps.

Prayer Warrior

Having the freedom to spend some quiet time in prayer and adoration was rare but important (Photo: WYM)
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10: 3-4

About Prayer Warrior

All ministry constantly needs its roots firmly planted in prayer with God. Both in our Centre for Youth Ministry and SPEC Retreat Centre, we have a daily prayer rhythm to sustain us but we are also incredibly privileged to have a long list of people and communities who have kindly agreed to keep our ministry in their daily prayers.

How to get involved

If you too would like to commit to being one of our prayer warriors, here are some ways to get fully involved:

  1. When you have an idea of what you want to hold in prayer, choose how and when and where you will pray. Routine in prayer is important! Perhaps on a Sunday Mass you will hold it as an intention, or as part of your morning prayer. We also like having reminders on our phone which ping to remind us to remember a certain intention before the Lord.
  2. Get to know more. You need to know what you are going to be praying about! Is there a youth group in your parish you can pray for, or the the intentions of your priest? It’s always helpful to have an idea of what you want to pray for when you begin to pray. Our list looks a little like this:
    • The young people of the diocese
    • Our parish youth workers
    • Our young leaders
    • Our catechists
    • Our SPEC community
    • Our bishops, priests and deacons
    • The WYM team
    • Our events
  3. Additionally, and entirely optionally, contact us to be added to our events prayer list. You will receive an email once every month ask you to join us in prayer, with a list of some things to hold intentionally that month.