The Volunteer Pastoral Care Visitors Program
BaptistCare is reconnecting the community with our Volunteer Pastoral Care Visitors Program, which commenced in 2014, and has been providing emotional and spiritual support to seniors who receive support through our aged care services.
The volunteer program creates a platform where volunteers, who are active in their local church connect with BaptistCare clients who live within their community or who are in residential care. Volunteers complete a free interactive pastoral care course over eight weeks, which includes practical work alongside of our chaplains. The course provides vital skills for exploring issues of loss and grief, and discussing how experiences shape our lives, and how ageing changes our experiences.
This year alone we’ve trained 48 volunteers who are have visited 863 BaptistCare clients across Wagga Wagga, Macquarie Park, Narellan and North Sydney, with the program continuing to expand across NSW and the ACT in the coming year.