Film showcases MHA Chaplaincy service

Richard Golding Chaplain at MHA Starr Hills care home

MHA has launched a new film to showcase the work of its Chaplaincy team.

Care of the Spirit follows Richard Golding, chaplain at MHA’s Outstanding Starr Hill care home in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.

Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality, the Rev Dr Chris Swift, said: “At MHA we are able to truly say we care for the mind, body and spirit of our residents and their families, something we are very proud of.

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“Chaplains are there for everyone. They are good listeners and build effective relationships with residents, families and colleagues. They provide a reassuring influence in a home. They are there to support people, whether they have a religious faith or not.”

The older person’s charity, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, is one of the largest employers of chaplains within the care sector.

MHA’s 140 chaplains across its 90 care homes and 72 retirement living schemes, provide 78,970 hours of support for 7,7000 residents and their families, and also staff.

Richard describes his role as “to make sure there is a sense of community in the home, of togetherness, of belonging, of purpose, of pleasure, of fun, of joy, of support, of comfort and of healing”.

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