Chap­lains set to bring pas­toral care to schools

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

Pil­bara schools will gain greater ac­cess to chap­lain ser­vices this term with the launch of an ini­tia­tive de­signed to boost pas­toral care in north-west WA.

The Itin­er­ant School Chap­laincy Ser­vice, a pro­gram de­vel­oped by pas­toral care provider YouthCARE and funded by the Depart­ment of Ed­uca- tion, will al­low ex­pe­ri­enced chap­lains Kita and Shane Stringer to bring their ser­vices to 34 schools across the Pil­bara and Gas­coyne.

For 16 of those schools, it will be the first time they have had a chap­lain.

In­com­ing area chap­lain Mrs Stringer said she and her hus­band would pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive range of ser­vices to re­gional schools they vis­ited.

“De­pend­ing on school re­quire­ments we will be avail­able for stu­dents, staff and par­ents,” she said.

“We have equipped our­selves with the re­sources to run YouthCARE Out­doors and Peer Skills pro­grams, grief and loss pro­grams, mind­ful­ness and pro­tec­tive be­hav­iours and many other life skills that may be needed.”

Mrs Stringer said the cha- plains’ mo­bil­ity would al­low them to spend time get­ting to know lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as well as schools.

YouthCARE chief ex­ec­u­tive Shan­ley Je­yaraj said he be­lieved the pro­gram ad­dressed a need for more pas­toral care in north-west schools.

“We be­lieve this will make a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

The pro­gram is sched­uled to run for two years.

Pic­ture: YouthCARE

Area chap­lain Kita Stringer, WA Education Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier, YouthCARE chief ex­ec­u­tive Stan­ley Je­yaraj and chap­lain Shane Stringer cut the rib­bon to open the Itin­er­ant School Chap­laincy Ser­vice pro­gram.

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