Lifewalk Trust is a valued supplier of well trained, dedicated volunteers who offer confidential, non-judgmental care for school communities and who are companions to staff and students alike. To be a part of the solution to the mental health crisis within New Zealand, namely by building resilience and aiding emotional literacy through quality time spent with individuals or within a group setting is an opportunity Lifewalk take seriously.
To aid social connection and encourage academic engagement for children who are currently having trouble of some kind at school by providing a high standard of pastoral care volunteers, who make themselves available to children and staff at no cost to the school is our way of walking alongside school communities.
To do this effectively the Chaplain may be comfortable with any one of these suggested models:
1.Pastoral Care – This has been the accepted role of the Chaplain and is offered to a school to support the pastoral care provided by the deans, guidance and counselling services focusing on the student’s needs. This model requires the Chaplain to be available with a listening ear and support empathetically. A Chaplain operating in this model must work closely with the school’s pastoral care and support network system.
2.Educational – A chaplain may offer the school, chaplaincy services through an educational model. This may be done in a few ways. One is through small group work that encourages students showing issues in the areas of grief, loss, parental separation and values. The program used by Lifewalk chaplains is Seasons for growth – a perspective program that conforms to school policies and procedures. It is highly recommended and regularly requested by schools to have available. Another educational way is, a chaplain may be called on to support an individual or a small group of students within the classroom. This request would be due to the teacher identifying students who may need that extra encouragement with their learning. For example, a chaplain can support the teacher by simply listening to a student read.
3.Peer model – The primary role through the peer model is to interact with students during extracurricular activities in and/or out of class time. The School perceive the Chaplain as a role model for students and developing supportive relationships among students. The students perceive the Chaplain as a peer and friend. For example, the Chaplain may be skilled in a Sport and therefore, can be a support person during training and/or game day.
4.Community facilitator – The chaplain can be involved in networking, linking the school, students and/or families to local programs and organisations that promote the wellbeing of community. Overall, the role of the Chaplain will develop over time and in co-operation with the school.