The Our Place and Access teams serve children, young people and adults who have additional needs, and seeks to enable them to feel included and safe in all the groups throughout United. The Breathe team serves the parents of those on site who have additional needs, and provides a bespoke venue which offers support, sharing, learning, worship, fun and prayer specifically for this group. It is literally a place to relax, receive and breathe.
Additional needs are wide ranging, and include anything which may require some extra input or support to enable the person to participate and be fully included in an activity. These needs may include a learning, sensory or physical disability, autism, early childhood trauma, mental health challenges, illness and other undiagnosed needs. We want to make sure United is a place that welcomes, enables and recognises the value of everyone in God’s kingdom.
Age: 17+ (if you are not yet 17, please get in touch with Barbara Hase to discuss the possibility of volunteering).
If you have a heart for serving people who have additional needs or feel called to our team, please apply regardless of experience. We will provide lots of training and support and will enjoy equipping you in the area of additional needs ministry.
Hours: Team hours are dependent on the role. Inclusion teams generally work a morning and evening session, but some roles are more out of hours or shift based (for example, if supporting an individual to serve on another team).
Our Place Team
The Inclusion Teams form the largest part of the Accessible Church provision for children and young people who have additional needs at United, and are based in each of the main kids’ venues (Pebbles, Ground Breakers, etc), and in the Luminosity youth venues . Volunteering for this team involves supporting one, two or a small group of children who have additional needs, to be included as much as possible within their age group. Although you will be officially registered as Our Place team and will be expected to attend the Accessible Church training day, you will be part of the mainstream team in which you are placed, going to their team times and wearing their t-shirt.
Although we cannot guarantee to offer your prefered choice, please state on your application form if there is a specific kids' or youth team you would like to be considered for.
Our Place Kids’ Team and Our Place Youth Team support a small number of children and young people in the specialist Our Place Kids’ or Our Place Youth venues. This involves helping the children and young people, who may find the mainstream groups challenging, to participate in worship, ministry and teaching that is adapted to meet their needs .
Access Team aims to include adults with additional needs across the event. Volunteering with this team could involve supporting an individual with additional needs to be on another team, helping to include adults within the mainstream adult venues, or helping to run a seminar stream specific to adults with learning disabilities.
We try to take team members' preferences into account when allocating team to roles. However, we do have to balance team numbers with delegate numbers and needs so we can't guarantee you will get your first choice. Let us know your preferences on your application form (Access Preferences section), but please be prepared to be flexible.
Breathe is our venue for parents and carers of people with additional needs. We want to provide a space and opportunity for mums, dads and carers to have time and space at United. We run informal worship, seminars and social events, and provide opportunities for prayer ministry and support around specific needs. If you have experience in working alongside parents and carers, we would love to have you on this team. Please note that Breathe team places are limited.
Expectation for team members
Those who volunteer for New Wine teams at United do so based on their Christian profession and way of life. As a team volunteer, your conduct on site is expected to be consistent with New Wine's ethos and understanding of the teaching of the New Testament.
Part of New Wine’s ethos is our adherence to the Evangelical Alliance (EA) basis of faith and in submitting your team application you are acknowledging your acceptance to do the same.
Find general information about teams and how to apply here.