Saturday, 23 March 2013

Mayor De Lille launches First Chaplaincy Alert Programme for uniformed staff in Western Cape

The City of Cape Town will launch the Chaplains Alert Western Cape programme on Saturday 23 March 2013. This programme is the first such initiative aimed at supporting traumatised uniformed staff members without charge to them.

Thirty chaplains will volunteer their time to serve emergency and disaster management personnel from the City of Cape Town and the broader Western Cape Province. The programme will also provide assistance to law enforcement agencies and private ambulance services in the Western Cape; and all those who are in the line of duty confronted with the trauma of fire, death, crime, motor vehicle accidents and disasters on a daily basis.

The Executive Mayor will deliver a keynote address and unveil the logo for the Chaplains Alert Western Cape Programme.

Date: Saturday 23 March 2013
Time: 16:00
Venue: City Emergency Services Headquarters, Goodwood Fire Station, c/o Frans Conradie & Hugo Street, Goodwood

The chaplains are trained to render professional trauma support, pastoral care and counselling.

The Chaplaincy will also assist traumatised patients and members of the public, besides the role that it will play to the emergency and disaster management personnel.

The purpose of the Chaplaincy is to bring comfort, consolation and pastoral care to all persons by nurturing the living, caring for the vulnerable, as well as administering death notification.

Other services provided to the uniformed staff members by the Chaplaincy are: spiritual guidance, support and ministry by visiting hospitalised members.

In addition other services such as marital counselling, wedding services, memorial and funeral services; prayer meetings; assistance with personal problems; addictions and setbacks, critical incident stress mitigation and management; debriefings; station visits; HIV/AIDS awareness and counselling amongst other will be provided.


Issued by: Integrated Strategic Communication and Branding Department, City of Cape Town

For operational enquiries: Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects and Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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