Employment and Voluntary Positions at Nicholaston House

There are resident staff at Nicholaston House forming a small intentional Christian community. This number is augmented by full-time, part-time and casual staff. The work is also supported by a host of volunteers who undertake a variety of tasks, from maintenance and gardening to counselling and prayer ministry. They offer invaluable help, but Nicholaston also provides them with a caring and therapeutic environment, giving meaning and purpose to their lives as well as a place of fun and fellowship. Many have retired but want to continue useful lives and benefit from the therapy of work.


We are currently looking for people to join our team of non-residential volunteers.

Please get in touch for further information if you can commit to a regular day/morning/afternoon. We are particularly looking for people who can help with gardening, general maintenance, housekeeping, washing-up and administration.


An opportunity to serve within a friendly Christian community on the heart of Gower!

Residential Christian Community: General Assistant (x2 positions vacant)

We are looking for two people (might suit a couple or two individuals) to join our resident Christian community to serve on team as general assistants. Supporting the guest-facing functions through cleaning, serving meals (and maybe helping cooking some of them from time-to-time), wash-up and generally being a friendly face around the House - this is a hands on, practical role within a small residential Christian retreat setting on the Gower coast.

The vision of Nicholaston House is to create an atmosphere of love and prayer where people can find acceptance, peace, hope and healing through a Christian residential house. Nicholaston House  also facilitates Christian groups for conferences and away days. The primary focus, however, is as a centre for healing and restoration channelled through the various courses and retreats. In the words of a recent guest – it is a place of blessing, safety and sanctuary. All members of the team have a duty to assist with the fulfilment of the vision, focus and values.

The residential community team at Nicholaston House are considered to be an ‘intentional community’ as members of the team have chosen to become part of the community, receiving renumeration lower than those in the commercial sector. As such, community members receive an allowance that falls outside of the National Minimum Wage Regulations. The role is based on a 40 hour week and complies with Working Time Regulations. Shift patterns can vary in accordance with the needs of the House.

Applicants will need to be able to undertake a number of physical tasks, including servicing and cleaning bedrooms, general cleaning, wash up and serving meals.

Key Conditions of Employment:

Residential ‘live-in’ General Assistant - part of the Nicholaston House Community.
The role requires the successful applicant to reside at Nicholaston House, Christian Retreat and Conference Centre, Penmaen, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2HL
40 hours per week.
Accommodation and meals provided.
Ongoing training and support.
The allowance receivable for this ‘live in’ role is £6,240/annum.
Pro rata leave is 28 days per annum, including public holidays.
The probationary period is 6 months.
The successful candidate will be able to work within the Christian ethos of Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust.
Applications accepted from those with a right to work in the UK (sorry, we are unable to provide sponsorship of any kind).

Closing date for receipt of applications: Open-ended. We reserve the right to close the position at any time.

Download an application pack | Download an application form


GOD'S House: The Story of Nicholaston House, by Derrick Hancock.The incredible story of a retreat house in one of Wales’ most spectacular beauty spots has been published.

‘God’s House’ is a detailed account of how Nicholaston House came into existence by the man who had the vision and was given instruction direct from God.

In 1990 God unmistakably led Sue and Derrick Hancock to Swansea to see a vision fulfilled which God had given them some years previously. The booklet (A5, 53 pages, colour) gives a brief factual account of what God did and is doing. It has been written for two reasons - to give glory to God and to show what very ordinary people can do when they step out in faith with God. 'All that we have accomplished, You have done for us' - Isaiah 26 v 12.