Multi-faith Chaplaincy at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

After a long period of preparation and negotiation the new multi-faith chaplaincy at Edinburgh Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is set to launch this autumn. A team of volunteer chaplains will provide pastoral support for people of all faiths and none who find themselves in the very stressful environment of a Court of Law. Most contact will be with family and friends of defendants, though links will be made with staff who also need support from time to time, as well with defendants and witnesses when they are in public areas of the complex.

A Management Committee and Project leaders are now in place but the project needs at least 20 voluntary chaplains in order to offer a reasonable level of availability.

Voluntary chaplains will come from many backgrounds and do not need any previous experience of this sort of work. They do need to be:
willing to talk with and listen to people who are under stress or feeling confused and vulnerable.
be aware of the need for confidentiality
broad minded and non-judgmental
caring and patient
sympathetic to people in difficult circumstances
friendly and supportive
available for at least 4 hours each fortnight (preferably weekly)
There are no age or gender restrictions and interest is welcomed from people of all faiths and none . Full training will be given and chaplains will be supported and supervised in their work. Initial training will be undertaken over two full days. References will be required and volunteers will be required to complete a Basic Disclosure (on-line) at Disclosure Scotland.

Opportunities also exist to provide governance and administrative support on the management group.
Further details can be requested by email: courtchaplaincy@gmail.com

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