Hearing You - new pastoral support phone line launched
Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 13:42
Bishop Martin has just announced the launch of a new phone help line, Hearing You.
It has been launched by the Diocese of Chichester in partnership with Together in Sussex in response to the impact that Covid 19 has had on just about the whole community. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to the recently bereaved and to people directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hearing You will be staffed by volunteers trained in pastoral care and listening skills, including clergy and licensed lay ministers.
All volunteer listeners will have completed safeguarding training with the Diocese of Chichester.
They will be able to point callers to other organisations offering specialist support if appropriate, and also to parish clergy. Listeners will offer to pray for the caller or for their concerns.
Hospital chaplains within the diocese will be able to direct people to the service but the phonelines will be open to anyone living in Sussex whether they currently attend a church or not.
The service will initially run until the end of May, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 7.00pm.
The number is: 01273 425047
At the same time the diocese, in consultation with hospital chaplains, has launched a simple card for people to print and take into hospital with them. This will state they are a Christian and agreeing for a chaplain to visit them in hospital These will be distributed via churches and the hospital chaplaincy.
You can click here to download the card from the Diocese of Chichester website.