Could you make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people at Horsham Y Centre (YMCA)?
At YMCA Horsham, part of YMCA DownsLink group, we are looking for volunteer chaplains to help run an informal weekly chaplaincy evening to support the residents of Horsham Y Centre. This project houses 50 young people at any one time, aged 16-25, most of whom stay around 2 years. These young people are usually homeless – i.e. they cannot live at home or do not have a home for a variety of reasons. Our work is challenging but Horsham Y Centre is a place where young people can get support and encouragement to turn their lives around.
Could you be a volunteer chaplain and add real value to the work we do? We are looking for people of faith who are kind, good listeners, non-judgemental, with a sense of humour and a love of young people. You would work in a small team, and have some training and support. Our chaplaincy service has been established at Horsham Y Centre for over 5 years and is deeply valued by staff and young people.
Chaplaincy takes place on Thursdays evenings and we would ask for a commitment of one evening every 2-3 weeks.
Interested? Contact Sue Anson, YMCA Chaplain (North Sussex) email@example.com
Could you make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people (16-25) in Brighton and Hove?
We are currently looking for volunteer chaplains to help run an informal weekly chaplaincy evening, centred around a meal, to support the residents of Gareth Stacey House in Brighton. This is a supported housing project run by YMCA DownsLink group which houses 15 young people. These young people are usually homeless or unable to live at home for a variety of reasons. Our work is challenging but Gareth Stacey House is a place where young people can get support and encouragement to turn their lives around.
Could you be a volunteer chaplain and add real value to the work we do? We are looking for people of faith who are kind, good listeners, non-judgemental, with a sense of humour and a love of young people. You would work in a small team, and have some training and support. Our chaplaincy service has been established at Gareth Stacey House for nearly 2 years and we are now expanding the team of chaplains. You can find out more about the chaplaincy service here.
Chaplaincy takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6.00-8.00pm. We would ask for a commitment of one evening every 2-3 weeks.
Interested? Contact Lucy McGrath, Lead Chaplain on 01273 222563 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking to recruit volunteer Bishop's Champions to support and enhance the work of Family Support across the diocese.
Chichester Association for Family Support Work is a diocesan charity that seeks to work with families in need. It has a particularly strong role in areas of deprivation.
The Champions will play a key role in helping FSW meet its strategic objectives to strengthen the links between the Association and the Diocese, increase awareness of its work, and optimise income generation. They will promote the charity’s work within one of the Archdeaconries of the Diocese by delivering talks to local networks and organisations.
This role will help ensure that the Churches become aware of our existence and understand what we do and how to access our services. Another key part of the role will be to support fundraising in line with the strategic funding plan making the Director and Director of Fundraising and Marketing aware of potential leads and new funds that are available locally.
You will have the ability to inspire people about the work of FSW and be a confident communicator with good organisational skills. Some experience of fundraising would be an advantage. This is a voluntary role, but all expenses will be paid. We anticipate it may take up to 16-24 hours per month.
For further information please email Martin Auton Lloyd
YMCA Downslink are looking to recruit volunteer chaplains to support young people living in local YMCA properties in Eastbourne.
In our chaplains we look for people who are kind, non-judgmental, good listeners with a strong faith and a love of young people. Prayerfulness and a sense of humour are important too!
Volunteer chaplains help on a rota basis usually once every 2-3 weeks for an evening, though you can volunteer every week if you’d like to. Training and ongoing support is given.
To find out more about chaplaincy please visit www.ymcadlg.org/chaplaincy
To discuss the role further and request an application form please contact Trudi Nicholas on 0788 454 9308 or email email@example.com
Purpose of Role
To provide spiritual and emotional support to residents (and sometimes staff) at Eastbourne Foyer, supported housing accommodation for homeless young people.
YMCA DLG works across Sussex and Surrey to provide a variety of services and projects to the local communities. Children, young people and families are at the heart of YMCA DLG with a particular focus on the needs of young people who find themselves on the fringes of society and need support, including young people who are homeless. We want all young people to belong, contribute and thrive. Our work covers a wide range of areas including accommodation, general advice, counselling, mentoring, sexual exploitation, mental health, housing advice, young offenders, youth clubs, alternative education and apprenticeships.
We currently provide housing for about 550 young people, and we make a difference to the lives of over 12,000 young people, children and their families per year.
Eastbourne Foyer is a supported housing accommodation for homeless young people, between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. We support young people in becoming independent individuals, teaching living skills and provide support and encouragement to help turn their lives around.
The Chaplaincy Service at Eastbourne Foyer
YMCA DownsLink Group is an inclusive Christian organisation. This is what we say about Chaplaincy:
“A chaplain is someone, usually from a church or faith group, who wants to support the community. There are often chaplains in hospitals, sometimes in schools and in all sorts of everyday settings. Our YMCA volunteer chaplains are here to offer support to residents and staff. The daily pressures of life can get to us all. Our volunteer chaplains are here to listen and to chat, and if you have worries, large or small, you can share them if you want to. Everything is confidential unless they are worried for your safety or someone else’s safety. They are also here to explore spiritual issues with you if you choose, and if you would like them to pray with you or for you, just ask. They will not try to convert you to their faith; they will respect what you believe. They are here for everyone, no matter what your spiritual beliefs or background.”
The chaplaincy service in Eastbourne is just starting out. The volunteer chaplains will come in each Monday evening from 6-8pm. The chaplaincy is very informal – the chaplains come in pairs on a rota system. We are hoping that the volunteer chaplains will cook a simple meal once a week with the residents in the near future. This gives the opportunity to chat while cooking and eating (and afterwards). Over time this allows relationships and trust with residents and staff to build up.
As well as providing a listening ear the chaplaincy service also gives the residents a safe place/way to socialise together. The residents are also aware that this is an opportunity to discuss questions about faith, and that they can ask for prayer.
• Proactively engage with residents and staff to build good relationships with them
• Be available on a rota basis (in pairs or threes) every 2-3 weeks on a Monday evening to chat informally with residents and possibly staff, and engage in simple activities.
• Be able to listen carefully, recognising that from time-to-time listening at a deep level will be required
• Act in a non-judgemental and impartial way
• Maintain appropriate boundaries within relationships
• Offer appropriate support, based on their own personal skills and resources and in their faith/belief/tradition, recognising when it is appropriate to use faith-related language and when not
• Be insightful about their physical proximity to residents and be very mindful of the appropriateness of any physical contact
• Sensitively discern whether it might be appropriate to offer prayer and only pray with someone if that person consents
• Attend training sessions from time to time
• Respect other people’s beliefs and let the Chaplain for East Sussex or project staff know if a resident has requested support from someone of a different faith or tradition so we can meet that need
• Act confidentially unless concerned for someone’s safety in which case the Volunteer Chaplain should let senior project staff know and the Chaplain for East Sussex.
• Be prepared to have a conversation with the Chaplain for East Sussex every 2-3 months (or more often if needed)
• Meet with all the other chaplains every 6 months to review how things are going
Volunteers should not:
• Try and convert someone to their own faith
• Initiate inappropriate conversations about faith
• Meet up with residents outside the project without first seeking permission of the Project Team Leader
• Give out phone their own address or other contact details
• Share anything on social media except very basic information- if in doubt check with the Chaplain for East Sussex
• Take photos
Role Specification - Skills and qualities required for the role:
• Having a committed faith as well as being inclusive and welcoming to people of all religious faiths and none
• Sense of humour
• Good listening skills
• Good verbal communication skills- comfortable with interacting with a diverse range of people, leaders, project staff, young people, in a positive and respectful way
• Able to work in a small team
Commitment and Expectations
• A minimum commitment of a Monday evening every 2/3 weeks for one year
• To attend meetings and training from time-to-time. Chaplain (East Sussex) will organise this around the availability of all volunteer chaplains where possible