Coram Care is a care-community and it’s for everyone. It is national initiative of Coram Deo NPC. In this community we encourage practitioners, professionals, ministry workers or simply everyday people in all professions to take care of themselves, their families, our communities.
The community currently meets online on a Thursday morning (get in touch if this does not work for you) but people can join as part of a group in any location in the world if there are more than one person from an area. Coram Deo can play a role in establishing such local communities with enthusiastic local joiners. Depending on the Covid level at any given time, the host community (being in Pretoria) can also get together locally while simultaneously connecting online with other local communities across the country. Local communities need not always connect with the Pretoria/online group and Coram Deo can help local communities set up their own expression of Coram Care so that local events cover different topics to better contextualise in each area.
There are four objectives to Coram Care nationally. Every community need not pursue all four objectives. Also please make sure in your local community to what extent they pursue the following objectives.
- Coram Care is a community that comes together regularly and engage each other as pastoral and or narrative practitioners
- Reach out and involve other professions in care (care of self [as individuals and practitioners], and those close to us). Due to this objective Coram Care is not only for existing counsellors but simply anyone who wants to become part of a care community and learn valuable skills in the group (i.e., participatory active listening, informally learning about the narrative approach we follow, being respectful and non-blaming and much more).
- Offer further learning opportunities to the wider community
- Encourage and do voluntary care in the broader context
The fee is a mere donation. We prefer a monthly contribution where we suggest a minimum of R25 (twenty-five-rand) per month. Use reference CCA [Surname and initials]. With this donation you help us be an oasis of hope in the world. And being part of this community you now become a provider and recipient of hope. Local communities, with the necessary arrangement, can ask a fee if they want to support or advance different initiatives in the area. They might for instance be keen to invite a motivational speaker for which a fee is charged or build up a kitty. This should be done with the input of Coram Deo and the local leader of such events are deemed to be Coram Deo volunteer leaders and receives a volunteer certificate.
CPD (Continued professional development)
Communities who follow the Pretoria/online programme will qualify to receive CPD / Supervision points that count with CPSC (Council for spiritual and pastoral counselling) and Signo Professional Association. Speak to us if you come from other disciplines. Please note that Coram Deo has other programmes more specifically focussed on CPD or Supervision. WHere local communities deviate from the host Pretoria/online community please bear in mind the Coram Care initiative should still have a strong overall focus on care.
Schematic of Coram Care objectives
Through this network of communities we seek to make a difference locally and practically by bringing together those who do ‘care’ and through this network reach out to the broader community.
If you want to part of such a community, please reach out and we’ll tell you more.