Become a Pastoral Care Volunteer

Do you want to become equipped with the skills to provide pastoral care and support to people in your church and local community?

The Volunteers CARE Initiative prepares and equips Uniting Church and Christian denominational volunteers in pastoral care ministry through Courses that Activate volunteers to Respond to the emotional, pastoral and spiritual needs of people Everywhere (C.A.R.E.).

The courses lead to volunteer pastoral care positions with our chaplaincy partners: UnitingCare Queensland hospitals, Blue Care residential aged care homes, Wesley Mission Queensland residential aged care, and Uniting Church Public Hospital Chaplaincy in Queensland.

The Volunteers CARE initiative has been developed through a partnership between the Queensland Synod Chaplaincy Commission and UnitingCare Queensland. The Volunteers CARE Initiative is endorsed by the Synod Chaplaincy Commission as a recognised pastoral care volunteer pathway for the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod.

Get the training you need

The Volunteers CARE Initiative is comprised of two components—CARE Essentials and CARE Matters.

CARE Essentials is a basic introduction to the general scope of Christian pastoral care designed for use in congregations, faith communities or care facilities. This course can become the beginning step on the pathway to more specialised pastoral care volunteering in various Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod chaplaincy settings.

CARE Matters is a five-stage orientation, induction and training program following on from CARE Essentials. It is designed for use in hospitals and aged care facilities.

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