Connecting with other people is important for our health and wellbeing; however, many older Australians find loneliness is an issue for them. Fresh Hope Engage employs Chaplains who spend quality time with people who receive home care services, live in residential services and retirement villages, providing genuine spiritual and emotional care. As a Volunteer Pastoral Carer, you will assist our Chaplains with this. You can listen, share stories and memories, and reminisce together – all over a cup of tea.
You will have regular individual and group meetings with the chaplain of the program so you feel supported and encouraged.
Preparing you as a Volunteer Pastoral Carer
Fresh Hope Care, in partnership with Fresh Hope Engage, is offering a Volunteer Pastoral Care training course. The pilot program is based in Pendle Hill, NSW, with a view to expand to other locations in the future. The “Spiritual Care Series” is a nationally recognised training program, featuring Professor John Swinton, who uses exciting and varying training materials and methods.
To participate in our training course is free. The course consists of nine two-hour sessions, one evening a week. Once you have completed your training, under the supervision of your Chaplain, you will be able to offer social, emotional and spiritual support within our Fresh Hope Care Services.
Many volunteers comment on how fulfilling their role is, and how they get as much, if not more, from being a volunteer than those who receive the service.
We hope that you will join us at Fresh Hope Care to become a Volunteer Pastoral Carer.
If you are interested please contact us today to find out more information and get started.