Care, Community & Spirituality
CARE - Focusing on the spirit and heart of the person
- It offers an availability arising from Ministry.
- It seeks a direct contact and active involvement with students and staff.
- It maintains a College wide presence and perspective.
- It has a capacity to respond, intervene and be present at times of trauma, crisis, illness and grief.
- It provides a 'first base' contact for friend and stranger alike.
- It offers a pastoral counselling bridge to, and support for, professional counselling.
- It recognises and responds to the specific needs experienced at the beginning, middle and end of an academic year, and of an academic career.
- It recognises and responds to specific needs of special category students – overseas, disabled, exchange, apprentice, and their academic cycle.
- It follows through to student home, hospital, court and other visits.
- It has an individual and group tutoring-role in relation to life's experiences, the integration they require, and the meaning they can have.
- It offers mediation as a feature of its non-institutional presence.
- It promotes Peer Care and Mutual Care Projects at student and staff level.
COMMUNITY - Inviting the person out of isolation into belonging
- Within the College it fosters a quality relationship with all levels of Academic support activity, with Student Services; Clubs and Societies, Students Union and other autonomous supports.
- It serves on, and contributes to, a range of Committees carrying forward a contribution to the wider life of the College.
- It receives and accepts invitations to a variety of College social, cultural and competitive events; formal, academic and special functions.
- Beyond the College, it keeps a confidential link to family, neighbourhood, Church / parish, where appropriate and a supportive link to deprived and disadvantaged communities and individuals, where possible.
- Across the College, it harnesses a distinct support in the event of the failure or breakdown of family, neighbourhood, or institutional systems of support.
- It promotes Support Group/ Community Building / Social Action and Development Projects.
SPIRITUALITY - Supporting the inner life of the person
- It responds to that which discerns, nurtures, challenges, crushes and heals the human spirit.
- It supports a process, which reflects elements of the system back to itself, and students back to themselves.
- It takes time to share life death failure, pain, love, success, celebration and occasion in and beyond college.
- It helps with links to inherited or chosen faith or denomination, its leadership and ministry, its prayer and worship, when requested.
- It offers opportunities for growth in faith within that tradition, when sought, as well as accompanying experiences of non-faith, when invited.
- It assists with the identification and nourishment of a value system appropriate to belief.
- It promotes Retreat / Consciousness Raising / Spiritual and Religious Programmes, Projects and Services.