George Eliot Hospital Chaplaincy service together with the Coventry & Warwickshire Mental Health Trust are offering a free six week Chaplaincy Visitor course for anyone interested in volunteering to provide spiritual and pastoral care for people in hospital, both in mental health and acute settings.
The course will run on Monday mornings from 30th September to 18th November 2019 (10am to 12 noon) in the Chaplaincy Centre at the hospital.
Chaplaincy visitor volunteers offer a listening ear and share information about the resources and services of the Chaplains with patients, family and friends. They usuallyattend the same ward each week on a Tuesday afternoon.
The six week training course aims to equip people with the interpersonal skills required to carry out this role. It is led by acute and mental healthcare chaplains and other medical professionals from across the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust and the George Eliot Hospital. The course will explain the ministry of healthcare chaplaincy and teach skills of pastoral care for people in all sorts of different situations.
Chaplaincy team leader, Ricarda Witcombe said: “The course is for people of any faith and the visitor role is to support everyone, whatever their background, whether they have a religious tradition or not.”
“Please contact us if you would like further information about this role or the course itself.”
If you would like to become one of the chaplaincy visitors for the George Eliot hospital or for the Partnership Trust (mental health) you will be invited to an interview with one of the chaplains who will need to take references from your faith leader (or equivalent) and someone else who knows you. These interviews will take place at the end of the course. The hospital will also conduct a DBS check.
The chaplaincy also welcome participants to the course who simply want to explore pastoral care and wish to develop these skills to use in any setting.
If you would like to take part please call the George Eliot Chaplaincy office on 02476 86 5046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A leaflet is also available here