The Diocese of Durham
For some time I have had the vision to create a resource for the benefit of the churches in Darlington to help build the capacity of congregations and leaders to offer support and care to persons with severe mental illness. This vision is now taking shape and your web resources have helped, thank-you.
I have found the ‘Pathways to Promise’ ministry in the States shares the same vision but their organisation and ambition is country wide. Their web site has very useful resources and the ‘Toolkit for Congregations’ is a good starting place for individuals and churches thinking of this form of ministry. In fact, it would be exciting to think that the UK ecumenical church could adopt this toolkit and framework and adapt for our purpose. They have produced DVDs and training resources that provoke conversation. I haven’t seen them but again it is fertile ground for future development.
Anyway, as an individual it has clarified what I had in mind and I will be able to shamelessly apply to the development of Broomtree. I have a number of ‘Persons Experienced and Engaged in Recovery’ (PEERS) who form the basis of my team. Together we will complete the ‘Companionship’ training (with some tweeks and additions) before offering ourselves to the Darlington Churches Together Network.
Pathways to Promise is an interfaith cooperative of many faith groups. We provide assistance and are a resource center which offers liturgical and education materials, program models, caring ministry with people experiencing a mental illness and their families. The resources are used by people at all levels of faith group structures from local congregations to regional and national staff
Community Support Worker
Adult Social Care Mental Health Team
West Park Hospital, Darlington.
The Diocese of Worcester
Reflective Practice in the Worcester Diocese – Support, Insight and Well-Being in Ministry
Since 2011, every fortnight during term time, a group of eight clergy meet together with two facilitators in a quiet setting, away from the usual Anglican circuit. Each time it meets, two clergy have the opportunity to bring a piece of work or a situation which is disturbing them, or in which they feel somehow stuck and unable to progress in any way. The group helps the individual explore the problem and nearly always, a situation which has seemed stuck loosens up. It is not a therapy group as such, and yet participants will testify to the significant personal growth it enables to happen.
The learning which takes place through exploring these questions is profoundly personal but it comes about due to the trust between members, a trust which is fostered and deepened through regular attendance and a commitment to total confidentiality.
Bishop’s Adviser in Pastoral Care and Counselling, Diocese of Worcester.