Bar ‘n’ Bus Gap Year

Bar ‘n’ Bus Gap Year

The Gap Year is an opportunity for you to take a significant amount of time to serve young people within a local community, engage in an extensive youth work training programme, develop new skills, learn about yourself and grow in your faith.

How Does It Work?

You will work alongside professional Youth Development Workers, other gap year students and volunteers engaging in a range of community based youth work programmes including detached youth work, schools engagements and outreach events.
One day per week, gap year students gather for training exploring youth work practice, faith development and issues relating to young people. Successful completion of the training programme throughout your year qualifies you as a JNC Level 3 Youth Support Worker, recognised nationally and approved by the National Youth Agency.

Training days also coincide with times of prayer and worship with the wider Bar ‘n’ Bus team. Accommodation is provided for the year either with local host families or in a student house provided by the Salvation Army at their training and community facilities in Hadleigh, Essex. Full details at interview.

Do I Get Paid?

This is a voluntary training role which gives you the opportunity to give your time to serve your community, grow in skills and obtain youth work qualifications and training. All expenses are covered for your work, training, accommodation, and food. Your hours cover 4 days each week, allowing you time to explore part time employment to gain income should you want to.

How Much Does It Cost?

The gap year is free, however, there is an expectation for all our gap year students to partake in fundraising activities. You will not be doing this alone and the Bar ‘n’ Bus team, will support you every step of the way!

What Should I Expect to Gain from the programme?

Bar ‘n’ Bus is a Christian charity delivering professional youth work in a community context. This work is likely to take you out of your comfort zone as we engage and support hard to reach young people, building relationships to make transformational change.

Outcomes you should expect from this programme are:

  • –  Direct, hands-on experience of professional youth and community work
  • –  A nationally recognised qualification in Youth Work Practice
  • –  The opportunity to make a significant difference the lives of young people
  • –  Time to explore your faith and relationship with Jesus through study and worship whilst serving

    God’s Kingdom in your community

  • –  Additional professional youth work training provided through Bar ‘n’ Bus
  • –  A strong foundation if you were exploring a career in Youth Work.

What will Bar ‘n’ Bus Provide?

  • –  All expenses of work, training and travel
  • –  Accommodation and Food Costs
  • –  Training costs
  • –  Line-Management Supervision
  • –  Regular team meetings with time for prayer and worship
  • –  An awesome experience!

    How to I apply?

    The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14th August. You can download application forms from along with Role Descriptions.

    Following positive applications, candidates will be invited to an informal online interview on or near to 21st August.

    A Note Regarding COVID-19

    Are we allowed to start a gap year at the moment?

    Like all employment, you are perfectly fine to volunteer for work as long as it is support permitted activities. Bar ‘n’ Bus workers obtained key worker status for their programmes during the times of highest ‘lockdown’ restrictions in order to continue support the young people our communities and as restrictions have loosened work has continued to grow.

    What about moving into accommodation?

    Moving into accommodation, even shared accommodation, is seen as completely acceptable under current government guidelines. It means that you will form a new ‘household’ with others in your gap year accommodation. This will mean that that new household will need to adhere to government guidelines regarding the pandemic in order to ensure public safety. Should restrictions increase again during the gap year, Bar ‘n’ Bus will follow government guidance and ensure both the safety of its team as well as the general public. This could mean returning to your family home if ‘lockdown’ restrictions are re-introduced.

    Will I be Safe if I’m working with young people face-to-face?

    All our sessions and activities are risk assessed and include reference to the steps we are taking to minimise the spread of COVID-19. This means activities delivered will adhere to social distancing guidelines. We are following advice from a number of national bodies who support youth work regarding how to safely and effectively run programmes during this time. Due to fact that you are working openly with members of the public, there is, naturally, a level of risk which you need to think about before starting this programme. If you want to speak directly to any of our team about this to help you in your decisions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Tel: 07935 222 113


Gap Year Youth Work Volunteer Role Profile

Bar n Bus Trust exists to enable young people to develop, grow, learn and thrive. We offer a range of programmes reaching out to young people within communities including detached and mobile youth work, school programmes and counselling.

You will be assisting the Area Youth Development Worker with the planning and running of youth work provision to support young people (10-19) to work through the challenges that face them, grow as individuals and make a positive impact on their community.

You will also commit to completing the Bar ‘n’ Bus Gap Year training programme which provides youth work training and faith development opportunities. In addition to regular training sessions you will also engage in additional local training provided by Bar ‘n’ Bus.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To take an active role within youth engagement sessions and schools work programmes, supporting the Youth Development Worker in planning and delivery
  • To build positive and supportive relationships with young people, supporting youth development workers to assess need and respond appropriately in order to progress positive, social, spiritual and emotional development
  • To be prepared to volunteer evenings, weekends and bank holidays as required
  • To approach training sessions with a positive and open attitude

    Primary Working Relationships

    Youth Work Team – You will be an active member of the Youth Work Team, assisting Youth Development Workers, Youth Work Volunteers and other students

    Wider Community – You will, at times, be on session with other local youth and community workers in the delivery of projects

Core Tasks:

  • To support youth work delivery across a range of programmes including detached youth work, schools’ engagement and group work activities providing for the social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young people
  • To build positive and supportive relationships with young people assessing need and responding appropriately in order to progress positive, social, spiritual and emotional development
  • To have an understanding of and work within Bar’n’Bus’ Safeguarding policy – proactively reporting issues and concerns regarding the safety of children – full training will be provided.
  • To attend regular team and staff meetings.
  • To attend additional training as required
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the CEO or Youth Development Worker

    Key Result Areas

    1. To build positive and supportive relationships with young people
    2. To work enthusiastically at all tasks and projects with a ‘can do’ attitude, supporting both young people and

      the youth work team

    3. To proactively engage in team and staff meetings, assisting in the development of services for young people
    4. Participate in the spiritual life of the Bar’n’Bus Trust (through active involvement in prayer meetings,

      theological reflection and spiritual development activities) and maintain the organisation’s Christian ethos

    5. To build good relationships with other team members and work collaboratively to achieve aims
    6. To follow all policies and procedures of Bar’n’Bus’– e.g. Health and Safety, Safeguarding
    7. To fully commit to and engage with the Gap Year training programme for the full duration of the year.

    Discretion to Act

    The volunteer will have the authority to act within the parameters set by line management.


    The Bar’n’Bus Trust is a registered company Limited by Guarantee (2961054) and a registered charity (1055210).

    Fundraising Expectation

    The gap year propgramme allows you to obtain training, experience and development opportunities whilst serving your local community. As part of the scheme there is a fundraising expectation to meet in order to cover costs of the programme.


    The Youth Development Worker will be responsible for carrying out regular supervision sessions to support the post holder.

    Conditional upon health clearance, employment/education references and enhanced CRB check and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

Person Specification

Experience & Skills


  • Enthusiasm and desire to work with young people
  • Be physically fit and able to engage in youth work activity
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Ability to creatively lead sessions and activities
  • Prepared to be faced with listening to difficult life situations and respond appropriately
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities


  • Someone with an interest in sports or arts and has a desire to use this to engage young people
  • Someone who is already leading youth work activities as a volunteer or young leader
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding children and young people policy and procedures


  • A confident and articulate individual able to communicate effectively with others
  • A person who identifies as a Christian, with a desire to grow in their spiritual life and service and who is able

    to contribute actively to the aims, ethos and values of Bar ‘n’ Bus.

  • A person who is able to enthusiastically engage young people with a sense of fun and intention
  • A person who is flexible with their time
  • A person who is able to work effectively as part of a team and under their own initiative.
  • A person who acts with integrity and empathises with others.
  • A person who is creative and can respond to issues as they arise.
  • A person who is able to cope with listening to difficult life situations and offer support
  • A person with a genuine love of young people and desire to see lives transformed