Our teams (Our Place, Access and Breathe) serve children, young people and adults who have additional needs (as well as their families) at United. Additional needs are wide ranging - anything that prevents someone from participating in an activity (including disability, mental health, illness and other undiagnosed needs). We want to make sure United is a place that welcomes, enables and recognises the value of what everyone brings to God’s kingdom.
Age: 17+ (if you are not yet 17, please get in touch with Jess Thompson 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
Inclusion Team are based in the mainstream kids’ venues (Ground Breakers, Boulder Gang etc). You support one, two or a small group of children to take part in the activities, and blend into the mainstream team, going to their team times and wearing their t-shirt (even though you 'officially' part of the Our Place team).
Inclusion Team Leaders oversee inclusion in a mainstream venue. This involves liaising with parents and helping your inclusion team to support the children or young people with additional needs in your venue. You will be supported by the inclusion co-ordinator from the Our Place core team.
Kids’ or Youth Team support a number of children in the Our Place kids’ or youth venues. This involves providing worship, ministry and teaching to any children who have difficulties staying in their mainstream groups.
Support Team do not work directly with the delegates who have additional needs, but are vital in helping keep the venues running. Tasks may involve guarding the door, fixing broken things and collecting supplies.
Access 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 a heart to come alongside parents and carers, we would love to have you on this team.
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.