Pastoral Care Pastoral Care and Mental Health <p><strong>Dorothy Mountford, of the pastoral team at St Peter’s church, explains why we should be concerned about mental health and what we can do about it </strong></p> <p>In early April St Peter’s Pastoral Team was pleased to welcome and work with Lorraine Smedley from All Saints’ church. Plans are afoot to provide some shared outings for lunch or the cinema for members of our communities.</p> <p>Later in the month Rev James Saxon and Dorothy Mountford met with Sue, Anne and Rowena from Arnold Methodist Church and St Mary’s Arnold who had requested help in setting up a Mental Health Drop In Centre similar to the Wednesday Gateway Group at St Peter’s. James was able to share some of his extensive experiences as Chaplain at The Maudsley, one of the biggest psychiatric hospitals in Europe, a tour of the church and the St James’ room helped to give the visitors an idea of the facilities. We look forward to hearing more as their venture progresses and wish them God’s Blessing on all they do.</p> <p>The link with the Arnold churches came through our involvement with the diocesan commitment to an initiative encouraging inclusivity in our churches for people with mental health problems. Here is the background.</p> <p>Why the church is concerned about mental health :</p> <p>• Justice for all- mental ill health accounts for 23% of the disability in the UK but only receives 11% of the NHS budget</p> <p>• Over time one in four adults and one in ten children have mental health problems</p> <p>• People with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination</p> <p>• The church has always been called to work with the marginalised in society</p> <p>• Those with mental health problems often look to the church for support</p> <p>How things got started:</p> <p>In 2011, several clergy contacted Diocesan Officers to express concern about the lack of support for those with mental health problems and the impact of health and local authority cuts on support services. Following an open meeting ‘Opening Minds’ was established as a strategy group for the Diocese on mental health and learning disability issues. The membership includes those with lived experience, carers, clergy and mental health professionals.</p> <p>How we can help as a parish:</p> <p>• Get to know people with mental health problems as this is the best way to challenge misconceptions</p> <p>• Talk openly about mental health</p> <p>• Challenge myths about mental health i.e. mental illness and violence</p> <p>• Use the gifts and abilities of those with mental health problems and learning disabilities. We all like to feel we have something to contribute as well as to receive support.</p> <p>• Work for health and social justice. Challenge local and national policies which maintain discrimination against those with mental health problems.</p> <p>‘Opening Minds’ was asked if they could provide mental health awareness training at a parish level. However current thinking is that it is better to support the expertise that already exists in the church communities, including those with lived experience of mental health difficulties. Opening Minds can offer training and information and enable the parish Awareness Guides to network together, exchange good ideas and to support one another.</p> <p><strong>Could you help? Does this sound like you or some one you know?</strong> <br/>A mental health awareness guide is a person with a passion for the wellbeing of people with mental health problems and their carers. They are good at listening and relating to others and getting their trust and in communicating their concerns. They would have the support of the church leaders in this role.</p> <p>The Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Rev’d Chris Harrison have given their support for this role. Currently Dorothy Mountford from St Peter’s attends meetings and is liaising with other Awareness Guides.</p> <p><strong>The role of the mental health awareness guide</strong> is to ensure that our churches are welcoming, accepting, supportive and involve those with mental health problems including those in the wider community. S\he also signposts people who need help, advice and information. It would be beneficial if we could have a guide for each church, to form a team to share ideas within the parish and to help and support this initiative in our individual churches. The guides will have access to general information and people who could offer more specific advice and guidance. The role includes advocacy at the level of the local church but does not include counselling or direct mental health care. Guides will be able to inform the church community of training opportunities locally.</p> <p>The aim is to start by linking the guides to Opening Minds to offer them training and support. The role is expected to evolve over time, with the guides contributing to that process. In that way it will be exciting, maybe challenging, but not difficult.</p> <p><strong>The Core Values for inclusion of people with Mental Health problems are that: </strong></p> <p>• People with mental health issues feel accepted and included</p> <p>• We are equally responsive to the needs of people with mental and physical health issues</p> <p>• Family and friends of people with mental health issues feel understood and find comfort</p> <p>• Mental wellbeing is promoted</p> <p>• Anyone with questions about mental health issues can be given help to find accurate information, support and guidance.</p> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:14:08 +0200 Emmanuel House Christmas Appeal launch at St Peter's Church <p><strong>Emmanuel House </strong>will launch its Christmas 'Cup of Kindness' Appeal with an event for the press and members of the public at St Peter's church on Wednesday 5th November at 11.00 am.  The press release for this event can be found below.</p> <p><strong>Cup of Kindness Appeal<br/>Emmanuel House Christmas Campaign Launch at St Peters Church Coffee Room</strong></p> <p>Media event: 11Am Thursday 6th November 2014 at St Peters Church Coffee Room, St Peters Square (Next to Marks &amp; Spencer)</p> <p>Nottingham Support Centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people Emmanuel House will officially launch its Christmas Appeal on Thursday 6th November 2014 with a special press meet hosted by St Peters Church. The coffee room adjacent to the church will provide a venue for staff, service users and supporters to gather at 11AM and hear more about this year’s Cup of Kindness campaign. This will be followed by volunteers from Emmanuel House serving tea to members of the public and giving away our own cups of kindness until 12:30.</p> <p>The campaign encourages everyone to donate £1 whenever they enjoy a Christmas party of festive event between now and the end of January. This means families, friends, schools, offices and organisations across the city can take part by adding an extra £1 per person to the cost of a meal, or by providing a collection box at events for voluntary donations.</p> <p>Emmanuel House is expecting a higher demand for its services during this year’s festive season and will need to increase funding to be able to respond to service users needs. The charity serves an average of 80 hot meals every day and also manages the emergency accommodation Winter Shelter for rough sleepers between November and February.</p> <p>Last year’s Winter Shelter was open for 5 months, the longest period ever and provided a total of 2,620 nights protecting 166 individuals from the winter weather. Moreover, 55% of our guests had slept rough the previous night, and the rest were at serious risk of doing so.</p> <p>At Emmanuel House, 70% if our service users are on a ‘Pathway of Support’, offering small achievable goals on the journey towards stability. Our Core Programme provides opportunities for gaining skills such as IT and budgeting, personal development, sports and other activities. We receive no statutory funding and we are entirely dependent on our own fundraising to provide a range of highly professional services that really do change lives.</p> <p>Ruth Shelton, CEO of Emmanuel House says: ‘Cold, rain and snow make life harder for all of us, but if you’re sleeping rough, can’t afford heating or walk the street every day looking for work, the winter is a desperate time. A homeless man once said to me ‘Christmas is the worst day of the year for people like us.’</p> <p>You can help us to make life less harsh and even provide real opportunities for Nottingham’s homeless and vulnerably housed citizens. Please include them in your work and family celebrations by donating £1 or more to the Cup of Kindness appeal.</p> <p>Rev Christopher Harrison, vicar of St Peter's, adds, 'Our church members are very aware that the problems faced by rough sleepers, as well as the numbers of such people, have significantly increased as a result of the harsh economic climate and related factors. Emmanuel House provides a remarkable and much valued service, and we are delighted to support this year's Christmas Appeal'.</p> <p>Press Enquiries: - 07970 605 608<br/>Emmanuel House, 53-61 Goosegate, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FE</p> <p> </p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:45:29 +0100 Rallying for Support <p><strong>Monica White explains how the Rally Project is helping the homeless and vulnerable in Nottingham</strong></p> <p>The Rally project is an inspiring example of ecumenical co-operation to support homeless and vulnerable people in Nottingham. Administered by the organisation 58i, which oversees a number of other charitable projects in the local area, Rally is run by a partnership of five churches: The Christian Centre, Cornerstone Church, St Nic’s, The Rock Church and Grace Church. Each church takes responsibility for one evening per week, recruiting volunteers to prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal for about forty to sixty people. During the evening, service users may speak with an Aspire Mentor who is on site to discuss everything from benefits to dealing with substance abuse. Free clothes are also available occasionally.</p> <p>My husband and I have volunteered with Rally for about two and a half years, and have been impressed by the project’s professional organisation and welcoming atmosphere. Although we work on the evening run by St Nic’s, the volunteers come from many local churches of various denominations. All volunteers help with all jobs, including preparing and serving food, taking names on the door, chatting with service users and cleaning up. The religious element is very lighttouch, and usually involves a brief prayer before the service users arrive and after they leave. There is, of course, no expectation that volunteers or service users have any particular beliefs, although there is an optional bible study group one evening per week before the meal.</p> <p>Making conversation with the service users was difficult for me at first, but this has become a very fulfilling aspect of the work. They are a diverse group, and it is fascinating to hear about people’s varied experiences and ambitions, and the conversations open up aspects of Nottingham, and life in general, of which I had no knowledge previously. This opportunity to meet new people, both volunteers and service users, and to be part of a project which is filling an obvious need, is both satisfying and humbling.</p> <p>Need for Rally’s services has been increasing in the current economic climate, and the project would welcome new volunteers. It would be wonderful to increase our parish’s representation in the project, and if there is sufficient interest we may even be able to look into the feasibility of serving meals on another evening. At the moment, the project needs volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. The commitment is about once per month for 3.5-4 hours. A rota is organised several months in advance, and volunteers can contact each other via an e-mail list to swap evenings if necessary. The meals are served in the church hall of St Peter’s Radford, on Hartley Road.</p> <p>For more information or to arrange a visit please contact Monica White ( or Nicole Watts of 58i (</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 15:06:27 +0200 Talk on Autism <p>On Tuesday 12th October, at 6.30pm at St Peter's, there will be a free lecture entitled "Autism help - New Tools to Help Your Child Now". Aimed at parents or carers of children with the condition, the guest speaker, Mr Raun K. Kaufman (international Autism lecturer) will discuss key strategies used at the Autism Treatment Centre of America, who are hosting the event. His lecture will focus on alternatives for parents as well as his own history of Autism. To register for your free lecture and to receive your free e-ticket please <a title="Autism Help UK" href="" target="_blank">visit the website</a>.</p> Sun, 03 Oct 2010 07:54:14 +0200