Super College supports all faiths and none

City of Glasgow College chaplains have been busy raising awareness of Human Rights Day. It is one of many engagement activities the chaplains offer throughout the year.

The college's chaplaincy service is a 12-strong team representing a broad range of faith communities, as well as the Humanist Society, and is there to help with the spiritual and emotional needs of students, and staff.

One of its chaplains is Reverend Alastair Duncan, a Christian chaplain, who was keen to offer his services within an educational environment. He explains:

“The college is close to St. George’s Tron where I am minister so it feels like an extension of that church community. My role as college chaplain is to offer care and support as well as a listening ear to people of all faiths and none. Everyone needs help sometimes and often it is easier to talk through issues with an anonymous, safe and trusted outsider who can identify additional specialist support if appropriate.

“People are unique and the issues that affect them are unique too. For some it might be the pressures of classwork and exams, for others the stress of making the move from school to college with the challenge of meeting people and making new friends. Any or all of these can leave individuals feeling anxious, stressed and needing a bit of support and a friendly listening ear.”

Graeme Brewster, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at the college, said:

“Our chaplains recognise that many of us have spiritual needs as well as personal and social ones when it comes to studying or working. They are able to help with questions of values and identity in one-to-one discussions which are informal but completely confidential. We would encourage everyone to take advantage of this additional and valuable support service.”

More information and contact details for the chaplains can be found in the Spiritual Care section of the college website and they look forward to engaging with as many staff and students as possible, as Alastair explains:

“The college is a melting pot of people from all walks of life and the range of subjects on offer is phenomenal. It is really interesting seeing students who have come to study and acquire skills in so many different areas and there is a real buzz about the place. But whilst on the outside it is a vast and exciting community of very different people, the real privilege comes from being able to offer a little help and support even just to the one or two who may find themselves lost in such a big place, or who are at a stage in life where they need to be able to offload a little of the pressure that they are under. And that’s what the chaplaincy service is there to provide.”

Human Rights Day takes place on Sunday 10 December and for more information please visit their website.