The Spirit In Mind project has been established to promote collaboration between the NHS and different faith communities and is being developed in line with the NHS plan to achieve an integrated system of health promotion and preventative care which is necessary to meet the future health needs of the population. The project seeks to build on the experience of faith organisations in responding to social and health care needs i.e. their deep understanding of local health needs and priorities as well as their strong local presence and direct channel in to deprived and hard to reach neighbourhoods.
The project is now looking to recruit Volunteer Lay Chaplains (Mental Health) as an exciting opportunity for involvement in NHS pastoral ministry.
There will be a 12 week course commencing Monday 2 September 2019.
They are seeking people with a strong faith background and enthusiasm, openness, sensitivity and commitment to join a lively and highly motivated team of chaplains, trainers, counsellors and volunteer support.
There will be:
- Comprehensive training
- Ongoing support and professional development opportunities
- Experience of working within a vibrant and caring NHS healthcare team
- Participation in innovative faith and healthcare projects
- Involvement in a very rewarding sphere of pastoral ministry
Following an initial informal discussion with members of the chaplaincy team, suitable applicants will be invited to complete the Trust’s volunteer recruitment process. This includes a reference from their local minister or faith leader as well as clearance checks for safeguarding purposes.
If you are interested or would like further information, please contact the Pastoral and Spiritual Care Department on 01924 316282 to speak to Revd Stephen Oakley or Revd Mike Gartland
The training will be at Fieldhead Hospital, Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield WF1 3SP and will follow the timetable below;
|Week 1||2 September 2019||9am – 4pm||Welcome to the course
Mental health awareness
|Week 2||9 September 2019||9am – 4pm||Volunteer mandatory training
|Week 3||16 September 2019||9.30am – 12.15pm||Reflective practice
|Week 4||23 September 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Verbatim
|Week 5||30 September 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Verbatim and role play
|Week 6||7 October 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Communication in difficult circumstances
|Week 7||14 October 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Developing an understanding of Islam|
|Half term break
|Week 8||28 October 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Speakers from wards, staff and service users|
|Week 9||4 November 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Grief and bereavement
|Week 10||11 November 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Understanding the bigger picture
|Week 11||w/c 18 November 2019
Dates/times to be arranged
|Week 12||25 November 2019||9am – 12.15pm||Final day, allocation, feedback and thoughts|
The aims of the qualification are: to help learners gain an insight in to the role and practice of being a mentor, to be clear about mentor/mentee relationships, ensure good practice, develop specific skills and understanding, reflect on own learning and performance, and to understand the benefits of mentoring and the legal and ethical requirements.
Level 1 Award –
Unit 01 Role of a mentor
Unit 02 Preparing for the role of a mentor
Unit 03 Demonstrating mentoring skills.
Learners complete workbooks as part of the taught workshops (4 x 3 hour workshops)
The workshops are participatory, they encourage lots of discussion and activities so that you share your understanding and experiences. Workbooks will be provided for you to complete during the sessions which will be useful for the level 1 accreditation. There is no ‘homework’ to do as all the assessment activities are completed as part of the workshops.
All workshop sessions are on Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm at Focus 4 Success, Old Town Hall, Thornton Square, Brighouse, HD6 1EA.
Session 1: 1st May – Induction Unit 01: Role of a mentor – Part 1
Session 2: 8th May – Unit 01: Role of a mentor – Part 2 & Unit 02: Preparing for the role of a mentor – Part 1
Session 3: 15th May – Unit 02: Preparing for the role of a mentor – Part 2
Session 4: 22nd May – Unit 03: Demonstrating mentoring skills
It is recommended that you attend all the sessions as they are a great opportunity for some shared learning and you can complete all the assessment tasks in the session.
The assessment process for the qualification includes a variety of completed activities that will make up your portfolio, these include:
Workbooks – completed as part of the workshops
Group discussions with photographs of flip charts – as part of the workshops
ELIGIBILITY FOR FULLY FUNDED COURSES:
Unemployed and in receipt of JSA, ESA or WRAG, Universal or other State Benefit. OR: Job seeking or working 16 hours or less a week and/or earning below £15,736.50 annual gross salary. AND: Have lived in the UK or EU continuously for the last 3 years.
Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required 3 years are eligible if they have refugee status, indefinite leave to remain or other (please enquire for more information).