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Training Course for Volunteer Lay Chaplains (Mental Health)

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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

stephen.oakley@swyt.nhs.uk / mike.gartland@swyt.nhs.uk.

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

Ward visits
Week 12 25 November 2019 9am – 12.15pm Final day, allocation, feedback and thoughts

Volunteer – Drop the Knife CIC and Charity

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Drop the Knife was formed with the aim of providing a cohesive educational package on anti-knife crime and gangs into schools and colleges, and youth, sports and community-based organisations.

The idea to start the company came from Will Flint who was stabbed 12 times on the 1st January 2017 in Birmingham. Although Will has made a full recovery, he still has effects from the injuries he received. They have now formed the CIC company with three directors including Will who is the CEO. Will has made several appearances on television and radio talking about knife crime and his story, most recently on various BBC Radio stations.

They are based in the Piece Mill, Halifax (on Horton Street by the Piece Hall) and are looking for volunteers that can put in a couple of hours a week helping to organise fundraising activities or helping with sponsored events. Voluntary Ambassadors are also required to deliver their educational package in schools. If you are interested in helping with the CIC & Charity, please contact through their website: www.droptheknife.org.uk or contact Brian Reeves: brian.reeves@droptheknife.org.uk.