U Turn is a gap year programme run by Servants Of Jesus Community and is designed to prepare young people by giving them direction for the fullness of life that God intends for them.  


Through teaching and practical outworking, the team is equipped to reach out to others in love in the power of the Holy Spirit. Some of their activities include. 

  • Leading a weekly Youth Group  
  • Helping with our Refugee and Outreach programme   
  • Participating in our Street ministry programme  
  • Personal development in faith and character  
  • Developing skills to lead others


When possible, there is usually a ministry trip overseas at the end of the year to consolidate what they have learned and experienced during the year. 


Young people who have completed U-turn in previous years have stated that they felt empowered and enabled for the new challenges that life had in store for them.   


A new team will commence training early February 2022. If you are interested, please contact Niall Slattery for more information. niall@servantsofjesus.org    

Niall slattery

Team leader

Born and raised in the UK, Niall had a powerful encounter with God that changed the course of his life in his early twenties. Since that time, Niall has continued to serve the Lord around the world.

Niall leads our team with over a decade of experience in running retreats and events for youth and young adults.

Angela Maldigri

team member

The reason I have chosen to do Uturn this year is to find out more about my passion as I don’t know what I want to do this year, which is still a mystery to me but God is revealing it more and more step by step. I also want to have a closer and deeper understanding of God. Although I am doing Uturn this year by myself, it has still been an amazing time and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year!

michaela hoffmann

team member

I’m doing U Turn this year because I really wanted to give God the first fruits of my adult life. Jesus is my number one inspiration for everything, and I want to give back to him but also grow closer to him this year. I am passionate about helping those who have been discarded or left out by society. So next year I will be studying a Bachelor of Communications at UTS. I really believe that God can use me in this area to give a voice to the voiceless by working with NGO’s and not-for-profit organisations.

emmaline wright

team member

U Turn has always been something I wanted to do because growing up in this community I always admired those on the team. 
What attracted me to U Turn was being able to give a year of my life to God, to serve others and to be challenged in my knowledge of God and grow in my relationship with Him. 
I have a passion for serving others and God has given me a great joy in doing that. I also have an interest in health, to that end I have a strong desire to become a nurse and will study nursing at Sydney University next year.

2021 TEAM



“I saw a significant transformation in my son within the 11 months that he spent on the team".
Simon Black
“Looking back, I can see how my year on U-Turn prepared me for the journey ahead. I am very grateful to have spent the year on team, it was the best investment I could have made”. 
Joel Tynan
“I couldn’t bear the thought of going from study into more study, so it was a fantastic gap-year”. 
Susannah Hoffmann
“I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do, or where I was headed when I left high school, but by the time I had finished the U-Turn program I knew exactly what I wanted to do”. 
Michael Noone

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