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Chaplaincy Training from a Faith Perspective.

At the Nishkam Centre we are very prominent and particular about the type of training we deliver to our volunteers and students, when it comes to serving the ‘community’.

Why we developed the training

The ‘Chaplaincy training from a Faith Perspective’ was developed to overcome ‘barriers and build bridges’ and to engage with government policy, network with organisations in the public and social sector and engage with people of faith and non- faith ensuring the faith, quality care and culture sensitivity is captured to deliver this holistic service.

How we developed the training

The key elements to develop the course was :

Networking with major organisations

Engagement with faith leaders on a multi faith and inter faith level

Attend steering group meetings, public meetings, conferences and events to develop chaplaincy training from a faith perspective

Understanding culture sensitivity – to meet the requirement’s of each individual

Faith led values and principles

Safeguarding people

Quality of Care on an individual basis

Understanding emotions at grass root levels

Collective responsibility for the common good

What’s unique about the course ?

The course is unique to an individual Faith or Dharam, evolving around the care of people, awareness in the community, policy and procedure, personnel development and a toolkit combined with the ‘know how’ of incorporating the knowledge and skills of chaplaincy and the barriers faith or non-faith people face.

Funding 2012 – Near Neighbours

In 2012 Near Neighbours very kindly awarded us funding to deliver a OCN LEVEL 2 Chaplaincy Course (equivalent to GCSE Level standard) which allowed us to train 12 people from a multi faith background. The achievers attended an award ceremony at Birmingham Cathedral where Bishop David Urquhart and Near Neighbours, Dr Andrew Smith and Jessica Foster presented the awards – certificates.

Funding 2014 – Together In Service

This year, in 2014 we have very kindly been awarded by Together In Service to deliver a OCN LEVEL 3 Chaplaincy Course (equivalent to A Level Standard). This is a 6-8 week course which will run later on this year, it will include specific training to chaplaincy from a faith perspective, faith and Dharam, discussion and awareness on the 24 Dispositions, Faith Led Values and Principals, and visits to local places of worship in Handsworth and discussion on chaplaincy and faith. We will also invite guest speakers from faith and non-faith backgrounds to share their experiences in Chaplaincy.

Chaplaincy Training from a Faith Perspective 2012


Central News Article – Near Neighbours Faithful Friends in Birmingham

Chaplaincy Training from a Faith Perspective Course 2012

The training was also publicised in 2012 and 2013 in the following media : The Birmingham Post and The Phoenix – connecting communities. The Near Neighbours photo exhibition documented the training which was exhibited at Birmingham Cathedral, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , the Nishkam Centre and the Near Neighbours AGM in the Carr’s Lane Christian Centre.

This vital service helps people to connect and focus with their inner self, elevating any difficulties they face in their day to day life style, leaving their Body, Mind and Soul uplifted.

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