Migrant Help has set up its fourth multi-faith chaplaincy. The service was launched in Cardiff this month.
The team of chaplains offers pastoral care with non-religious agenda and includes Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Mormon and Eastern Orthodox members.
They give faith-based support, either personally or via a colleague, but their primary purpose is to restore the hope and esteem of migrants. There is no attempt at conversion to or from any faith.
Rabbi Cliff Cohen, Migrant Help’s pastoral care co-ordinator, said: “We provide a listening ear. These migrants and asylum seekers are looking to rebuild their lives. Many have arrived with their hopes dashed and their self-esteem damaged. We will do what we can to restore that.”
The support is available at the initial accommodation site – a home where asylum seekers are placed for a short term immediately after claiming asylum. As Migrant Help has staff there, the chaplaincy can be managed locally by a care team leader.
The Cardiff launch followed the success of the first three teams – two in south London and another in Glasgow, and a further four will be set up in Liverpool, Wakefield, Birmingham and Belfast this year.