Chaplaincy Volunteering

Who are One YMCA?

One YMCA supports Hertfordshire in mind, body, and spirit. We offer practical help, spiritual and emotional support as well as a host of services to address the issues that colour the lives of our community.

Find out more about our Chaplaincy service.

What does a Chaplain do?

Our work is rewarding, vital and vibrant – it’s also challenging. This is where you come in.

As a chaplain, you’ll draw inspiration from Christian values to enable you to offer spiritual and emotional support to our service users, staff and volunteers. Our chaplaincy team supports over 35 volunteers and in 2019-20 they provided over 3000 hours of support to people experiencing homelessness. You’ll provide a link between our professional services, like housing and mental health support, and the local community including churches and our volunteers.

What is special about a Chaplain?

Our Chaplains offer a safe space in an increasingly noisy world. You understand the value of listening without jumping in with your own thoughts or feelings and understand how this creates a space for people to share freely. You may also offer prayer, something that is truly appreciated by many of our service users, staff, and volunteers.

What roles are there?


Help us Celebrate and Remember

A vital part of the Chaplaincy offer is helping people take part in Easter and Christmas activities, alongside offering times for the whole YMCA to gather such as Summer BBQs, just to enjoy being together. Our Chaplains also provide Services at difficult times, like ‘Time to Remember,’ an opportunity to think about loved ones at Christmas. We support all our Team to put these activities on, giving support and guidance.

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Chaplaincy Administrator

Enable our work through administrative support

As the Chaplaincy Team grows, we need some amazing people to give their time to support our staff and volunteers reach more people with help and hope.

Our amazing volunteer Chaplaincy Administrators help us to; keep in touch with local Church prayer partners, create posters for Team Activities, arrange transport and materials for our Life Journey Retreats and accurately record the impact on how the Team is changing lives. There is of course much more to it than this!

The right people will have some experience working within a confidential setting, handling sensitive data and be available during the working day to attend our Watford Hostel site.

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