Volunteer Chaplains Sought by East of England Ambulance Trust
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is looking to extend and develop its chaplaincy service throughout the six counties of East Anglia.
This exciting new initiative provides the opportunity for both lay and ordained volunteers to assist in the provision of spiritual, emotional and pastoral needs of the staff working for the Trust to complement existing services and expand best practice across all areas of the Trust.
Each chaplain will be appointed to one of the larger ambulance stations where they will be expected to develop an up-to-date awareness of the structure and culture of the ambulance service and come to appreciate the pressures and stress under which members of the ambulance service work. This will require appropriate contact with operational, administrative, and maintenance staff, and the regular accompanying of operational crew as they undertake their shifts.
There will be future opportunity for one chaplain within each county to be appointed as the volunteer co-ordinating chaplain. In addition to usual duties, this role will also require maintaining and developing a network of chaplains across their given area. All chaplains will be expected to attend a course on chaplaincy and an East of England Ambulance Service Induction Course. Furthermore, they will be expected to participate in appropriate training to enable them in their duties.
As the chaplaincy develops, chaplains may find themselves training and working alongside chaplains from the other two blue light services. Under JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme), all three emergency services are required by the Government to work more closely with each other and other organisations, especially when responding to major multi-agency incidents involving mass casualties.
Chaplains will need to build up relationships with police and fire and rescue chaplains within their given areas and gradually gain a basic understanding of how the other two services operate.
If you have an established pastoral background from a recognised sending faith/belief organisation, and a good ‘listening ear’, we would like to hear from you.
As a chaplain representing EEAST, you will be impartial and non-judgemental, compassionate, approachable, with a good sense of humour, and able to offer a regular pattern of visits across your given area.
For an informal discussion on this exciting volunteer post, please contact Lynda Logan, Trust Lead Chaplain, on 01582 585400.
Closing date for applications: 28th February 2016.