For over 70 years the Iona Community has welcomed visitors from across the world to Iona to share in a common life of work and worship, to experience the beauty, history and living community of Iona and to find inspiration and faith in action for justice and peace. Following a very successful fundraising appeal, the Abbey residential centre on Iona is in the process of being refurbished and is currently closed for visitors.

We are looking for volunteers to join a small team whose aim is to deliver worship in the Abbey Church, run the community shop, offer simple hospitality to the many visitors to the island and to plan for the re-opening of the centre in 2020.

What it involves:

  • Living the common life – working, worshiping and supporting each other as part of a small team
  • Having a specific role in: housekeeping, maintenance, kitchen, music or bookshop, but also contributing to other aspects of work and worship which make up living in community
  • Meals will be provided by the small kitchen team

Currently we are looking for volunteers to assist with:

  • Music
  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen
  • Maintenance
  • Bookshop

We are also looking for volunteers who would be prepared to help out wherever needed and who have more general skills.

When is it?         

Mid March to Mid October 2019 – we would especially welcome longer-term volunteers (6 weeks plus) but may also need some shorter-term volunteers who have previous experience of working on Iona, or specialist skills to offer.

We offer you:

  • Training and support
  • A minimum of 1 day plus 2 half days off per week

For longer term volunteers we offer an allowance to cover island living of £30 per week and holiday leave (dependent on length of stay). We also provide full board and lodgings.

For more information or to receive application pack please email:

[email protected]