Work, Worship, Study and Play

All Staff Members

All Staff Members

The following are all essential to the running of the centre and will be carried out by a combination of long and short term core members and local volunteers. They offer variety and sometimes the opportunity to use (or develop) special skills or pursue a personal interest.

The following tasks are shared between core members.

  • Cooking
  • Contributing to chapel gatherings (with support/training as appropriate)
  • Cleaning
  • Hosting (event liaison with facilitators and visitors)
  • Dealing with rubbish and recycling

The resident members are at the heart of Othona. They need to be committed to the work of the community, its ethos and values. Resident members work actively to live these out in their everyday life, and to further them. The competences below provide good examples of what this means in practice. The programme explains what Othona is about. Our policy statements show how Othona seeks to realise these values in the way it manages people, its policies of equal opportunities and the green policies for house and grounds, and in its open Christianity

The heart of Othona is people – colleagues, visitors and all those who we interact with. People come because they know they will be welcomed, accepted and valued for who they are. Our role is not to be therapists or counsellors, but we do need to be interested in people and willing to listen and share. We also need to be aware of our own responses and feelings, and especially of the impact of our own behaviour on other people

Resident members live and work together, and are hosts to an ever-changing number of visitors. They have to be flexible, able to adapt to varied and changing circumstances and people

The main purpose of Othona is to provide visitors with a taste of life in community. The resident members need to be able to live and work together co-operatively, and provide support (and challenge). This is important not only to carry out our work but equally so we can enjoy our life together, relax and have fun

Othona offers an experience of Christian community which welcomes 'all faiths and none'. This is an approach to spirituality where you may experience the fellowship of the spirit in everyday life. Although resident members do not have to be Christian, and may be of any faith tradition or none, we expect that they will respect the importance of the Christian tradition and the values that are at the heart of Othona. They should participate actively in the spiritual aspects of community life including chapel services


Living at Othona can have great rewards, but can also be very frustrating at times as well. Please see Is it Right for You?