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The ONE Programme has gone from strength to strength since it started in 2009. Around 80 young people have taken part, taking 'a year on' and making a difference in a variety of projects around the country. Looking back over the past years of the innovative ONE Programme, it is clear that both churches and individual lives have been changed.
One Programme Participants (OPPs) are paid to work an average of 15 hours a week, the majority of which is spent working in a local project with some hours 'banked' and used for connexional work (national work for the Methodist Church) and training. Each year the Methodist Church funds 11 placements for OPPs, which are selected by a panel of young people and key workers following an application process.
Hear from previous OPPs...
Taking a Year On is a booklet from 2014 of inspirational stories from the young people involved. Find out about what these young people did and what it meant to them. You can download and read the book here.
"The ONE Programme is a great chance to develop as a person and in your faith, and to see God work through you and other people around you. You won't be the same person by the end of the year. I wasn't." - Huw
“The ONE Programme has given me skills to allow me to grow and the learning that I have had, through my project, has started to mould me into the person I want to be in the future and grow towards.” - Olivia
“We’ve had a few training weekends for the ONE Programme, which have been good fun, meeting other people who are doing similar things to you and who are in a similar situation and get advice and learn new things about stuff that will help you in your job.” - Caitlin
“I’d recommend this to anybody who’s looking to have a good year out and to grow spiritually and pastorally” – Charlie
There have been a full range of OPP roles over the years from children’s work to sport ministry, youth work to community engagement, working in a homeless shelter, and digital communication to working with a church plant. Here is a link to 2017/18 OPP roles map.