Part-time Chaplain at Charnwood House Dementia Care Home (Closing date: 07/06/2020)

Chaplain: Charnwood House Dementia Care Home, Coventry

We’re seeking to appoint a second, part-time Chaplain at Charnwood House to work alongside the present Chaplain. The post calls for a friendly, adaptable and creative person who has experience of supporting people living with dementia.

Part of the MHA group, Charnwood House provides a safe, caring and attractive environment for 65 people with a wide range of needs and abilities who live with dementia.

We are looking for a lay person or an ordained minister who can offer pastoral and spiritual care to residents, including at the end of life, and also support relatives and staff.  An understanding of the spiritual aspects of ageing and dementia is required, demonstrated through experience of providing pastoral care and leading services.   It is essential that the person appointed has professional experience with elderly frail people and people with dementia. The post is a rewarding opportunity for the right person to make a difference to the spiritual wellbeing of the residents.

The post is for 10 hours per week. The person appointed will be in good standing with their faith community and will build good working relationships with local faith communities.

More information about the post and details of how to apply are available on the MHA website The closing date for completed applications is Sun 7th June 2020.

MHA homes are currently closed to visitors because of coronavirus (Covid-19). As a result interviews will be done through Zoom.

Anyone with questions about the post is welcome to get in touch with Cathy Dakin, MHA Regional Chaplaincy Advisor (

Help MHA get vital PPE for our care workers, residents and their relatives.

Dear MHA Rep.

Further to my Covid-19 email update in March, I am writing to ask for your support for Methodist Homes (MHA) staff, residents and their families, during what is an unparalleled time of challenge in our care homes.

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, our committed workforce at MHA has been working tirelessly to support our 6,000 residents. However, they have been doing so without a steady and secure supply of the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and without testing for the virus, which would protect both them and our residents.

Our managers, nurses, carers, cleaners, maintenance staff, chef’s, administrators and volunteers have daily been going into our homes, 50% of which are experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks.

That’s why we need your help. We have been petitioning Government since the outset of the pandemic to address these shortfalls and to recognise the vulnerability of those in care homes alongside those in the NHS. Only now is it starting to be recognised that we are the second front line and we need to be properly equipped with all the tools to safely do that job.

Additionally, we need PPE so families are able to say farewell to their loved ones as they approach the end of their lives, as they are not currently allowed in our homes for the protection of residents, staff and themselves. We are therefore asking the Government to provide our homes with adequate and reliable PPE not just for our residents and colleagues, but also to offer to families.

We are now hearing that the Government are going to make more provision for PPE and testing in care homes, but these plans are light on detail and timescales. So we will continue to need to source PPE from commercial organisations, costing sometimes five times the price of Government supplies, because those supplies have proved inconsistent and inadequate. And we will continue to need to transport PPE across the country between our homes, to meet need when homes experience a Covid-19 outbreak. And we will continue to caste a light on how vulnerable those in our homes are, residents and staff, to this pandemic. We have already lost over 200 residents where they have been confirmed or suspected as having Covid-19; and we have lost two of our colleagues.

Our church has a proud tradition of social justice and concern, out of which MHA itself was born 76 years ago. So I am asking you and your churches to stand alongside us at this vital time to ensure that those most vulnerable and those working on the front-line to care for them, have access to the correct and necessary PPE and testing.

  • You can support us by signing our petition to ask the Government to ensure adequate and consistent supplies of PPE and timely and ample testing for residents and staff by 26 April. Click here to sign the petition
  • You can donate to help us purchase the vital PPE we need – face masks, gloves, goggles, aprons and gowns, vital to limit spread and protect staff, residents and their relatives. Click here to donate
  • You can volunteer in our homes and Live at Home Schemes, crucial to countering the increased loneliness and isolation of so many vulnerable elderly people during the lock-down. Click here to learn about the volunteering opportunities available

Thank you, stay safe.

With every blessing,



Action for Children Emergency Coronavirus Appeal 

Action for Children has launched an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal to help provide essentials to the most vulnerable families they support across the UK and those potentially affected in the future.

Coronavirus has thrown all our lives, our communities and the UK into an unprecedented crisis. Families who were already struggling are now unable to buy food and basic essentials such as nappies, cleaning products, and money for gas and electricity. They need us now more than ever.

Action for Children is working hard to make sure they can still support children and their families at this difficult time.  The appeal is just one of many ways they are taking action. They are also creating more digital solutions to support where face-to-face options are limited.

Please donate to this Emergency Coronavirus Appeal and keep the charity in your prayers.

Here is also a video promoting the Emergency Appeal:

Action for Children has launched a Coronavirus Emergency Appeal to help provide essentials to the most vulnerable families we support across the UK and those potentially affected in the future.  Please donate now. Thank you.


Many people are busying themselves doing acts of kindness for friends and relatives and those further away. If you would like to help the NHS and patients with Covid19 maybe you would like to crochet some hearts or make some laundry bags. When there are some ready please contact me.

For people who crochet

Crochet hearts are being used by hospital staff to create a link between the patients and the relatives who are not allowed to visit. The idea is that one heart of a pair of the same colour is given to the patient and the matching one to a relative, to provide a link between them. If you have anyone in your congregation who crochets they may like to get involved. View &/or download the pattern here.

For people who stitch.

Pillow cases are being turned into laundry bags for NHS workers during the Covid19 outbreak. After work the staff can put their contaminated scrubs into the bag and then straight into the washing machine, to avoid possible contaminating anything at home and wash on a hot wash of 60 degrees C. If you have anyone in your congregation who likes to sew they may like to get involved. View &/or download the sets of instructions here for making the bags from pillow cases and duvet covers.

Thank you

Christine Welham

(Stream 4 coordinator – Justice, Compassion and Peace)

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