Chaplaincy, spiritual and pastoral care

Our Chaplaincy, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team are here to ensure that spiritual or religious and cultural values and/or faith beliefs are respected and supported for each person who uses the services of our Trust, or works within it.

The role of chaplaincy is to care for the spiritual, pastoral and religious needs of all people within our Trust.

Caring for your spiritual side

At the high spots and low spots of our life, at birth, death, or bereavement, within relationship issues and during periods of illness we often find ourselves searching for meaning and understanding. How do we begin to process those raw, overwhelming emotions and feelings? We all have hopes, fears and values that may or may not be rooted in a particular faith, spiritual or religious tradition or culture.

When we are feeling ill or stressed we may feel vulnerable or frightened, at these times we may find ourselves asking questions about the meaning of these life experiences. Perhaps even questioning why this is happening.

Talking things over in your own way

You may wish to talk things over with a chaplain as a way of making sense of your experience. Our Chaplaincy, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team may not be able to give you all the answers but they may be able to help you to think through your experience and find some answers for yourself.

Many people find the most natural way for them is to express their spiritual self in their own way, through their own particular beliefs, religious traditions and worship. We respect people’s own spiritual beliefs and faith; our Chaplaincy, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team do not evangelise or try to convert anyone who uses our services.

Faith and peace rooms at our Trust

We have faith rooms at the Mount, the Becklin Centre, St Mary’s Hospital and a peace room at the Newsam Centre. These are places of peace and quiet and are open for prayer and reflection.

Our Chaplaincy, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team provide non-judgmental, sensitive and confidential support and can provide links with appropriate community spiritual groups.

Contacting the Chaplaincy, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team

If you would like to speak to your chaplain or request a visit please speak to the staff who are providing your care and they can arrange this for you.

Alternatively you can contact the team by telephone using one of the following telephone numbers (a 24 hour answerphone service is available):