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Pastoral Care Volunteers Grow

Our Pastoral Care Volunteer program continues to grow, with volunteers extending the work of our Chaplaincy teams, and providing support to our customers who are living in aged care centres and in their own homes.

In the last year we have provided training on the NSW Central Coast, Gymea in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, and in Sydney’s Hills District, in Pennant Hills. During this time, eighty participants have graduated through the program, while thirty-five of these have gone on to become active Pastoral Care Volunteers with us.

To offer a more flexible delivery of Pastoral Care Volunteer training, we also introduced additional pathways for training in partnership with the Association of Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT.

The original group training model saw participants attend sessions facilitated and led by a BaptistCare Chaplain in local communities.  We are now partnering with local Baptist Churches, enabling trained local pastoral care practitioners to run the program.  We have also developed an online option for volunteers who are keen to complete the training but do not have a local program available close by.

We now have 139 Pastoral Care Volunteers who have been trained, have graduated and are now active BaptistCare volunteers in our aged care communities.