Strawberry Field introduces a Gap Year Opportunity for those looking for their next step in life

16th September, 2021

If you are thinking ‘what next?’, trying to discern what God is saying to you and wanting the opportunity to make a difference, this could be for you!

Strawberry Field, the world-famous site immortalised by John Lennon in The Beatles hit, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, is searching for two students to join them on their Gap Year programme. Previously a Salvation Army children’s home where John came to play and escape, Strawberry Field is now home to an interactive visitor exhibition, café, shop and gardens. With responsible tourism and well-being at its heart, this award-winning heritage site is offering a gap year experience for 36 weeks, from November 2021 until July 2022. The placement will provide the opportunity to develop new and existing skills, be part of creative forms of Christian worship and community, and the chance to work with young adults - helping them to develop in their skills, confidence and grow in community.

Responsible tourism is at the very heart of Strawberry Field. Profits from the visitor experience go towards keeping the gates open for good and funding ‘Steps at Strawberry Field’, a series of programmes aimed at those with learning difficulties or other barriers to employment. Gap year students would be involved in the support of the trainees, have opportunities to lead small groups, support placements, work with placement providers and develop their skills and experience.

The Strawberry Field Community is developed and encouraged by what is known as the ‘Fresh Expression’ Team. They create opportunities for those around them to find out more about what it means to explore spirituality and faith. They engage with the local community face to face and further afield online, as well as supporting staff, volunteers, trainees and their families pastorally. One day per week there will be the opportunity to work alongside the Fresh Expression team.

Alongside these two areas of support and development, there will also be time each week for self-study and reflection.

This opportunity is open to committed Christians, wanting to explore their faith and put it into action. If you would like to come and visit Strawberry Field and have a conversation about this opportunity, please contact

For more information and to apply, visit

"It’s a wonderful idea that The Salvation Army is going to cultivate youngsters in the precious soil of Strawberry Field."

Julia Baird, Honorary President