1. What is Act 4?
Act 4 is an educational charity organisation based in the UK. By “equipping children to make a difference” Act 4 aims to introduce Christian values into primary schools through assemblies, experience days and whole day programmes.
2. What does Act 4 stand for?
In the New Testament of the Holy Bible there is a book called “Acts” (right after The Gospels). If you read through chapter 4, you will find our mission and the reason why Act 4 is called Act 4 (some children sometimes mistake it as a word play with “acting for”, but even though we do a lot of acting, it has nothing to do with it).
3. How can I become a part of it?
There are lots of different ways that you could get involved. If you look at the “Get Involved” section, you will find all the information you need in order to become a full time volunteer, office volunteer, volunteer driver host, regular giver and more.
4. How can I contact you?
Email is probably the safest way to contact us, but during the week there is almost always someone within reach of the phone. And we love to get letters as well! Please see the contact details for details.
5. I want Act 4 to come to my school, what do I have to do?
If your school is within our reach (maximum travelling time 30 minutes by car) we would be happy to come and visit you. Please contact us and we will arrange for a member of the team to come and speak to you about what it means to have Act 4 visiting your school.
6. Do you just do assemblies?
No we provide lots of other services too. We do two whole day programmes, one called ‘R’ Rights, all about children’s rights around the world, and one called a Moving On Day for Year 6 children, who are about to move on to secondary school. We work in the local community helping with youth clubs and at schools. We can also be found at different community occasions such as Darkes Fayre, Carol Concerts, Town Carols or the Potters Bar Carnival. We also run holiday clubs and all age church services. Please see the following video to see 'A Day in the Life of an Act 4 Volunteer'.
7. Is Act 4 only for Primary schools?
At the moment we are focused on primary ages children. The language we use is a bit simpler, so that every single child can profit from it. We have a lot of different elements in our assemblies (videos for the older ones, songs for the younger ones), so that all can enjoy it. However, if you would like us to provide a service for older children please get in touch.
8. Is Act 4 only for Christian children?
Not at all. Even though our assemblies are based around Christian values, these are still relevant for non-Christian schools. Examples of our past themes are freedom, forgiveness, equality.
9. How many volunteers are there each year?
This varies from year to year, and depends on how many different local communities we are working with. On average we have between 1 and 4 volunteers at a time.
10. Do I need to be fluent in English to be part of Act 4?
Your English skills will develop a lot during your stay with Act 4. However, a certain knowledge should be there, since you are going to perform and be on a stage in front of children.
11. How much time off/ holidays do I get as a volunteer?
Since Act 4 works at schools, the holidays are almost the same as the public school holidays. But it can happen that you have to work during the holidays, for example if a holiday club is happening.
12. How do I apply to become a volunteer?
Please look at the “Apply To Our Gap Year Programme” page for more information.
13. Will I have any money?
During your gap year with Act 4 you will be given a monthly allowance and a weekly food allowance.
14. Do I need to be a Christian to become a volunteer?
You should definably be interested in the Christian faith. You are going to spread Christian values, therefore you should believe in what you are saying and the stories you are going to tell to the children.