Living At Barnes Close

The Community for Reconciliation is a network community of lay and ordained Christian people committed to work for peace and reconciliation.

Barnes Close is the residential and administrative centre of the Community for Reconciliation. It provides accommodation for up to 40 people. As well as putting on its own events the community uses Barnes Close as a conference centre where groups come for day or residential meetings. It is set in the Waseley Hills, 19 kilometres south of Birmingham and 9 kilometres north of Bromsgrove.

The Residential Community usually consists of up to five people. In addition there are four live-out members of the team plus other local volunteers who come in on an ‘as required’ basis to assist with the servicing of groups. Currently the live-in members of the team are Ian (Community Co-ordinator), Jonas, & Kenzi (International Volunteers), the live-out members are Aly (Assistant Manager) Sarah (Housekeeper), Lisa (Cook), Bob (Cook) and Mike (Handyman).

Worship. We usually have Community Prayers in the Upper Room at 9.00am Monday to Friday. We hope that you will be happy to take part in the prayers or to lead them but they are not compulsory. We encourage you to worship in a local church whenever possible.

Work. Volunteers share in all aspects of the work. The normal working week is forty hours. You will be given a schedule of your work times each week. However it is difficult to estimate how long the cleaning up after guests will take as it depends on group size and other factors. Therefore the actual finishing times may be later or earlier than stated. The work will have two aspects. Inside work includes such tasks as general office work, waiting on guests, serving meals, clearing tables, washing up, washing, ironing and cleaning. Outside work includes general grounds maintenance and tidying up. For longer term volunteers we try to arrange a local placement for one half day a week.

Time Off. You will be given two whole days off a week (not necessarily consecutive) and an additional week off for each three months worked.

English Courses. Volunteers from outside the United Kingdom who spend September to May (at least) at CfR may be enrolled on an English Language course at a local college.

Community Life. As Barnes Close is a place of hospitality and the base of a network community we welcome guests both expected and unexpected.

Board and Lodging for volunteers includes provision of food, heat, light and pocket money each week..

Accommodation. Normally volunteers will be accommodated in a single or twin bedded room with an adjacent bathroom.

Further Information is in the pack sent to prospective volunteers.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building or the immediate vicinity