Non-religious pastoral care in the NHS and prisons – why? and how?

Sunday May 15th  7 for 7.30pm

Daniel Hall, Long Garden Walk, Farnham, GU9 7HX

David Savage

David Savage has been working with the British Humanist Association (BHA) to promote the provision of humanist pastoral care in prisons and healthcare. He was the first non-religious person to complete the two-year Spiritual Care training course at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.

The aim of this new initiative is to ensure that non-religious people have the same access to pastoral support as religious people and non-religious people have the same opportunities to provide it.

As Head of Pastoral Support at the BHA until recently, David was responsible for setting up induction training of humanist pastoral care volunteers and for building a network of volunteers. He will give details of this training and describe what it is like to deliver this care to patients and prisoners.Today only religious people are employed by the NHS and the prison service to provide pastoral and spiritual support and 96% of chaplaincy visits are to religious people. This needs to change. Hear about the opportunities to help provide care and support to people at difficult times in their lives and to demonstrate humanist values in your community.

For more information about the BHA’s non-religious pastoral support network see

David lives in Farnham and helped to set up Farnham Humanists in 2004. He has also run ‘Introduction to Humanism’ courses and spoken at local schools and community groups.

Everyone is welcome!!

Come and join in the discussion.

Tea, coffee and biscuits. Other drinks available from the Hop Blossom Pub close by. Admission donation £2 to help cover costs.

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