Cornwall Faith Response Team Re-launch

3 October 2018 Posted by

Cornwall Council has had a Faith Response Team (CFRT) for several years but has now been re-launched, equipped, trained & prepared to respond effectively as required anywhere in Cornwall. People involved with or affected by an emergency may require pastoral, spiritual & practical support, especially where they are suffering through pain, sorrow, trauma, severe injury, loss of property or possessions or where people are missing.

Our Resilience & Emergency Management team recognises that such support can be provided by suitably trained volunteers, and now the team has been re-launched, equipped, trained and prepared to respond effectively as required anywhere in Cornwall.

The team will be mobilised if the Resilience & Emergency Management team become aware of an incident where such support is or may be required. The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Spiritual & Pastoral Care Team will contact the necessary CFRT members & request their attendance at the incident location as required.

The training being provided to team members includes information about what to expect at such incident scenes, recognition of personal confidence, capabilities and limitations, understanding the various types of incident scenes, shelters and reception centres where they may need to interact with affected people and how they may support them.

Members of the CFRT are drawn from a wide range of faiths & beliefs including Christian, Judaism, Pagan and others. It is important to recognise the ecumenical strength of the team but they will provide support to anyone needing it.

Cornwall Council’s Senior Resilience Officer, Martin Rawling said: “I am humbled by the willingness of our volunteers to step into the unknown and support their fellow beings in such circumstances of terror, loss and suffering. We are grateful to our volunteers for committing to this task and I sincerely hope that we never have to call on their support; but I am absolutely confident that they will respond appropriately when asked.
“Bringing the team together, working on the procedures for the group and co-ordinating the team and their training has fallen to a handful of the volunteers themselves who have stepped forward to become the management group. The residents and visitors to Cornwall are right to be proud of this commitment and the work they have undertaken on our behalf.”

The re-launch took place on 17 September

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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