The new recruits will work part time for us, taking time out of their existing jobs to act as a listening ear for residents and service users.
The chaplains will work alongside full time YMCA Birmingham Christian Spiritual Development Coordinator, Rotimi Benjamin.
The four new volunteer chaplains have been signed up after a recruitment drive with churches in Birmingham. Joining the team will be a church pastor, a business owner, a secondary school teacher and a minister-in-training.
“The YMCA has been a part of the social fabric of Birmingham since 1849,” said Alan Fraser, CEO of YMCA Birmingham. “We’re proud of our inclusive Christian ethos, and we know that many of the people who come to us want to talk about some of the deep and meaningful aspects of their life and not just what’s good. The aim of our team of volunteer chaplains is to offer people caring pastoral support and to be that uplifting and supportive person they can offload to.”
“We’re delighted to welcome our first volunteer chaplains. All of them embody the core values of our organisation,” added Rotimi Benjamin, Lead Chaplain & Christian Spiritual Development Co-ordinator at YMCA Birmingham.
“We appointed the new chaplains because of their amazing empathy, and ability to encourage and inspire hope in others. They are really switched on, they understand young people’s needs, and will be a positive, listening presence at our sites. Service users will have the opportunity to share their stories, hurts, questions and come to a solution to whatever they’re facing by talking to one of our Chaplains.”
The new recruits have had specialist training by the Church Industry Group Birmingham (CIGB) and will work at different YMCA Birmingham sites across the city; in Northfield, Erdington (The Orchard), Aston (Will Steel House and Harry Watton House), at Sunshine Nursery in Kingstanding and in the charity’s newest ‘move on’ independent flats – The Vineyard in Erdington – for young people who want to move a step closer to private renting.
YMCA Birmingham are still looking for more volunteer Chaplains, so if you think you can provide a level of spiritual and emotional support to residents and other service users please contact Rotimi Benjamin on: Rotimi.Benjamin@ymcabirmingham.org.uk