Parish Nursing Ministries UK is part of a worldwide organisation that educates and supports Nurses who are committed to the integration of health and faith care. You can find out loads more by visiting the Parish Nursing web site at www.parishnursing.org.uk
PN’s have no agenda to ‘convert’ people – that is the work of the Holy Spirit. They will share their faith and pray with people only as appropriate and with the person’s consent.
The project at The Steeple started in 2008, with a remit of reaching out to people in the city centre to provide health support. Gradually awareness built that there were many people around the city centre, not working, but living unhappily with the effects of poverty and often with all sorts of addictions that are deeply damaging to whole person health. Working in partnership with NHS community nursing colleagues, a Drop-in Clinic has been developed at the Church that invites people in for whole person care, which includes wholesome food, some clothing etc, and a speedy system for referral to Practice Nurses and GP services. A mobile dental surgery comes along once a week and welfare benefits advisers now visit regularly. Over the past five years we’ve seen hundreds of people, some regularly and others infrequently. An average of 26 people attend each session. We make several referrals every week to local Food Banks and many other supportive agencies. The project is the work of the Lord and we really try to follow His direction for our work and any developments. We don’t preach to anyone, but we are happy to explain the basis of our faith, and we try to live out our faith in practical ways, and to offer prayer whenever appropriate, which is quite often.
The funding support for this project comes from The Steeple congregation, from the Church of Scotland’s Parish Development Fund (now ‘Go for It’) and donations from a wide range of Trust Funds.
There are two Parish Nurses in this project, Barbara MacFarlane, a recently-retired lecturer in Nursing. Rachel McReady has just joined us in February 2014. Rachel has a lot of Community Nursing experience and already works with many of the people who attend the Drop-in Clinics. An amazing team of about 15 volunteers give regular support for the work of the Drop-in Clinics. Without them it just could not happen! If you’d like to join the team of volunteers we don’t insist that you are a practising Christian, but you need to be in sympathy with the aims of our project, and over the age of 18 years.
For more information, contact Barbara MacFarlane, Parish Nurse. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the office phone at (07999 542 043). She’ll get back to you as soon as possible.