There are various ways to volunteer at Mount Street Jesuit Centre.
London Jesuit Volunteers
London Jesuit Volunteers was launched in 2007 to respond to the increasing needs and struggles of people living in poverty in London. With Ignatian reflection at the heart of the London Jesuit Volunteer service, it is inspiring to see the diverse and growing group of busy adults who are ready to dedicate themselves to part-time volunteering throughout London.
Volunteers work as advocates, mentors and befrienders alongside people in prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters and sleeping rough, in communities of people with learning disabilities, and with outreach agencies for refugees, asylum seekers, forced migrants, and other marginalised people.
“Do to others as I have done to you.”
LJV volunteers range in age from 18 to 75+ years old, represent a wide diversity of cultural and international backgrounds, and are often full-time professionals with family, work and study commitments, as well as people making various transitions, including those moving towards retirement. The combination of a volunteering placement with the opportunity to reflect upon that experience has proved to be a powerful magnet, and meets a deep need to make modern living meaningful. Volunteering raises vital questions for the whole of volunteers’ lives – about how to embody Gospel values in relationships, in prayer, in the home, at work, and with the people we accompany and serve.
To find out more come to an open evening at the Mount Street Centre where you will have a chance to talk with current volunteers on Wednesday 15th March 2017- pop in anytime from 6.30-8. If you intend coming it would be helpful if you could let Elaine know using the contacts below. If you are interested in engaging in part-time volunteering with a supportive and reflective community, we invite you to apply to London Jesuit Volunteers by contacting Elaine Rawlins, telephone 020 7495 1673 or email [email protected]
Three Components of the London Jesuit Volunteers Commitment, Rooted in the Ignatian Value of Seeking God in all Things:
- Commit to volunteering for an LJV season (minimum of one year), part-time for at least 2-8 hours a week or comparable hours monthly, in London
- Commit to reflection: on an individual basis (through personal prayer, scriptural reading, and keeping a journal of your volunteer experiences); through monthly peer group reflection meetings (sharing with other volunteers your various experiences); and one to one with a Spiritual Reflector
- Commit to community: both to LJV as your sending community (by prioritising monthly peer group meetings); and to your volunteering placement as your receiving community (by your care for those in need)
LJV Peer Group Spiritual Reflection
The Spiritual Reflection Peer Groups gather together once a month for prayer, reflection and discussion. Members share with each other their experience of volunteering – both the joys and the frustrations. The insights gained through this exchange are a source of personal growth, which in turn nurtures the service we offer in our volunteering. And since volunteering may also involve us in stepping outside our comfort-zone, this time together – rooted in the Ignatian practice of seeking God in all things – helps the group to build community and to support one another. Each group is facilitated by a Spiritual Reflector who is trained in Ignatian spirituality.
LJV Individual One-to-one Spiritual Reflection
LJV members are also offered the opportunity – if they would like – to meet with a Spiritual Reflector trained in Ignatian spirituality for one-to-one spiritual conversation. The role of the reflector is to walk with the volunteer on their spiritual journey, and to help them discern where God is at work in their life – in their relationships, family, work, prayer and volunteering. The vision of London Jesuit Volunteers is that of integrating service and reflection – inspired by the core dynamic of Ignatian spirituality: “contemplation in action”.