The role of the chaplaincy can be summed up best by one of the aims of the Scottish Ambulance Retirement Association
Support members and their families during bereavement, ill health or other crisis.
The chaplaincy role offers a confidential listening service to all members and their families if
requested. Should you find yourself in hospital, I am able to visit upon notification the local hospitals i.e. Queen Margaret Hospital or the Victoria Hospital in Fife. Prayer requests can be made to me directly for yourself or other family members and will be treated with the strictest confidence.
I myself have almost 35 years of ambulance service experience and am therefore no stranger to the work of the ambulance service.
At present I am chaplain to Dunfermline Fire and Rescue Service and the Royal Mail sorting office both of which are in Dunfermline, Fife. I work under the direction of Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland, although my work with SASRA will be independent of this role.
Often the experience of being truly heard is missing from our lives so feeling listened to and understood can, in turn, help bring about deeper personal understanding and self-acceptance. At person to person my focus is to work non-judgementally, in partnership with you as a whole person, valuing your uniqueness and not seeing you as a set of problems.
We provide a safe, confidential, and empathic environment allowing the space for you to explore and create positive change for yourself, working towards increased self-fulfilment. I offer one to one counselling for SASRA members experiencing a wide range of issues. Sessions are available through self-referral or retiree support programmes.
I offer one to one counselling for SASRA members experiencing a wide range of issues. Sessions are available through self-referral or retiree support programmes. Contact Diane Smart to arrange an initial appointment where you can meet our counsellor, talk about what has brought you to counselling and ask any questions you may have.