SPEC Volunteer Missionary

‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ Matt 28:19

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

What it involves

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.

Benefits of time 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 will make you perfectly placed to transform any future role you go into.

The vibrant community prayer life, supportive discipleship programme 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 programmes or jobs, like the Schools Direct teacher training scheme.

What we provide

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.


You need to be between 18-25 years old.

What to do next

If you’re interested in becoming a SPEC volunteer missionary, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit the SPEC website to learn more.
  2. Get in contact with them.
  3. Arrange a visit at SPEC to learn more first-hand about what life is like there.