The Salvation Army for a new generation

Essential Programme

Essential is The Salvation Army’s Gap Year & training programme for young people aged 18-24.

PLEASE EMAIL ALOVE.ESSENTIAL@SALVATIONARMY.ORG.UK IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR OUR SEPTEMBER INTAKE (CLOSING DATE END OF JULY)

Have you considered that there might be more to life?  We think there is - which is why we created the Essential Gap Year.

An Essential Gap Year helps disciples of Jesus to grow deeper in their faith, to see and be part of The Salvation Army’s mission in action and to discover their place in the world. 

We know that you are Essential - right now, right where you are.  We also believe that you have the potential to push on, move out and achieve incredible things; and that’s something that we want to be part of.

The Essential year is a ‘fee free’ gap year; which means that the tuition fees and other costs are covered centrally by ALOVE UK.  We simply ask that you cover your own monthly living allowance

What difference does Essential make?

Essential and its closely related predecessor the Timothy Programme, have made a difference in the lives of over 225 young people so far.  So, what do we mean by ‘making a difference’? It can mean and has meant several things.  It might be that by getting involved with Essential we can help you to meet new and exciting people. You will see different parts of The Salvation Army - possibly in other parts of the world.  You will definitely find out more about what makes you tick - and perhaps discover how to work best around your weaknesses...Or it could be you join in with us simply to find out more about God and grow deeper into a relationship and real encounter with Christ. A year with us will make a profound difference to your life. 

We think that’s something to get excited about.

Download our promotional brochure below...

Essential Brochure