The Barnes Close team usually consists of the Community Co-Ordinator and Deputy Co-Ordinator supported by volunteers from the United Kingdom and from overseas, as well as a housekeeper, two chefs and a gardener/handyman. From time to time vacancies arise in the team. Have a look at the volunteers page to see vacancies for next year.

Residential Staff & Volunteers


Ian Ring,
Community Co-ordinator
Ian Ring, Community Co-ordinator

Ian is a minister of the United Reformed Church. After spending ten years in the computing departments of local authorities he entered college to train for the ministry. Ordained and inducted to the Sheffield West Group in June 1987, he moved to The Rock Church Centre Liverpool in April 1992 and to the Community for Reconciliation in July 2001. He also serves as minister of the Beacon Church Centre, Rubery and is on the GEAR national committee

Marlene, International Volunteer (Germany)

Mate, International Volunteer (Romania)

Non-Residential Staff & Volunteers

  • Sarah Whyte, Housekeeper
  • Lisa Powell, Cook
  • Mike Boland, Handyman
  • Robert Bruce, Gardener
  • Rae Petherick, Office Assistant


We have vacancies for international volunteers in 2018

Please email Ian for further details.