Diocese of Manchester

    New pastoral skills course

    Chaplains from Wythenshawe Hospital will be running a new course to equip people with pastoral skills to support people in painful situations.

    Revd David Lomax, Chaplain at Wythenshawe Hospital, said “Coming alongside people who are in distress or suffering can be difficult. Our experience is that we can have a huge impact in supporting people in this situation. This course will offer training that can be used in a variety of settings.”

    Some participants may go on to volunteer in a hospital environment, and the skills are also applicable to many other situations.

    Chaplaincy within the National Health Service has evolved over the years. While for many people direct religious support continues to be important (e.g. in receiving communion or saying prayers), others benefit from a more general spiritual approach. Chaplaincy volunteers help address the different spiritual and religious needs of patients and their relatives, friends and staff.

    Conversations might centre around what sustains us in stormy seas, such as by re-affirming a lifelong passion, reminding ourselves that we are being remembered by those we care about or focusing on a set of beliefs (whether those be influenced by a particular faith tradition or something less specific).

    The free course, called Port in a Storm, has the following sessions in 2018. It runs on Wednesdays from 10am to 11.30am

    • Carrying out a spiritual assessment of yourself - 28 February
    • Listening skills/communication - 7 March
    • Spiritual care and spiritual pain e.g. guilt, loss, sense of mortality - 14 March
    • Care of the dying - 21 March
    • Hygiene/health and safety/confidentiality - 18 April
    • Spiritual resources - 25 April

    For further information about the course, please contact David Lomax at the Wythenshawe Hospital Chaplaincy on 0161 291 2297; chaplain@mft.nhs.uk

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