On the 21st of September 2010, a chaplaincy day course was held at the MCB offices to facilitate aspiring chaplains from the Nigerian and Somali community as part of the Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the NHS, a joint partnership between the MCB and the NHS.
The training course, attended by 14 aspiring chaplains, was intended to give a basic understanding of chaplaincy and included a diverse range of people made up of 13 Somali and 1 Nigerian; 7 female and 7 male. The course content included three topics namely 'the history of chaplaincy', 'what it means to be a chaplain' and 'the essentials issues of chaplains' as well as two short videos on the work of healthcare chaplaincy. The participants also took part in group study and written assessment. A certificate of attendance was issued to the participants by senior representitives from the MCB.
Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, Director of the Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the NHS said "we want to reach out to those communities where such experiences are hard to come by. We can only suceed as a community if all our talents and potentials are realised. The participants all took with them knowledge of some of the key issues surrounding chaplaincy in the NHS. I hope it spurs others to follow in their footsteps".
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