How to apply

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Background Information

Since its inception in 2009 the ONE Programme has provided an opportunity for young people to make a difference in their local community and to the Methodist Church as a whole.  It was set up as part of the Methodist Church's Youth Participation Strategy, to demonstrate the unique added value young people can bring to a piece of work. 

The concept of a gap year is often referred to as "taking a year off".  In contrast, the ONE Programme Participant refers to the year's placement as "taking a year on"- using that year to make a difference.

The ONE Programme provides young people (aged 16-23 years) with the opportunity to get involved at a local level in a project, based in churches or in projects connected to the Methodist Church as a ONE Programme Participant (OPP)

Each year churches and projects can apply to host an OPP.  The selection of successful projects is made by an independent panel of adults and young people.

There are 11 OPPs based in each Methodist Region around the UK. 



All of the OPPs meet together and attend an initial training weekend in September as part of their induction, with three more residential meetings during the rest of the year, where they are provided with access to skills-based training and opportunities for spiritual reflection. There is also the option to work towards completing a Cliff College 'Certificate in Leadership', as well as a requirement to take part in some of the major events of the Methodist calendar such as the Methodist Conference and the 3Generate Children's and Youth Assembly.

All applicants therefore must be available on the following training weekends and events:

Induction Weekend 7-9 September 2018, 11am start Approx. 30 hours
Training Weekend 12-14 October 2018 Approx. 26 hours
3Generate 23-25 November 2018 Approx. 35 hours
Training Weekend 15-17 Feb 2019 Approx. 26 hours
Training Weekend 28-30 June 2019 Approx. 26 hours


Other items the OPPs may be asked, or might like, to attend:

Cliff College Festival 24-29 May 2019
Cliff College Graduation 16 November 2019 (provisional date, TBC)


Details about the training can be found on the ‘Want to know more?’ page.


Terms and Conditions

This is a part-time job, working an average of 65 hours per calendar month, with an annual salary of £6825.00 per (£7956 in London)*

*(to be uprated in line with the cost of living increase)

This post holds an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a young person within the age range of 16-23 (Standing Order 250, and the Missing Generation Report, Conference 2009).

This appointment will be made subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK and must hold a current NI number, UK bank account and valid proof of ID (passport or British birth certificate, please click here for more information).

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