Diocese of Portsmouth

    Families Pastoral Worker Coordinator

    Third Sector
    Aggie Westons, 311 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth PO2 8RN
    19 Feb 2024, 8 a.m.

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    This is a permanent, Pastoral Worker (PW) post designed to co-ordinate the Aggie Weston’s Community Waves Pastoral Worker support to Naval Service families living in and around the Service Family Accommodation (SFA) estates in Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth. Additionally, it will support the Portsmouth Military Kids (PMK) initiative operating across the city. The post holder will be the primary Aggie’s contact for external agencies working with service families in the area and will co-ordinate the PW input from across local establishments.

    Although the major element of this role involves co-ordination and collaboration, at the heart of the role is the requirement to be a PW supporting the naval community.

    The Portsmouth Community Waves (CW) Coordinator is provided by Aggie Weston’s and will work with the Naval Chaplaincy Service (NCS) teams at HMS SULTAN, HMS COLLINGWOOD and HMS NELSON. The post holder will engage with Royal Navy Family and People Support (RN FPS) in developing their community outreach programmes to support the Royal Navy Service families living in and around the SFA estates in Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth.

    The core role of the Portsmouth CW Coordinator is to:

    • Be an active servant of Jesus Christ as understood by the Aggie Weston Articles of Faith, sustained in faith through regular participation in a worshipping community.
    • Develop meaningful relationships with the families of serving personnel of the Royal Navy (including Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary) and the service personnel themselves, in order to become an obvious choice as a confidante if needed.
    • Offer pastoral care in the form of listening, encouraging, comforting, supporting and practically helping.
    • Offer prayer support as required.
    • Commit time to ad hoc discussions whenever they develop; thus it will be necessary to retain flexibility in programme.
    • Be a ‘signposter’ with up-to-date knowledge of where more specialist help can be found if needed.