A ‘Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network’ (NRPSN), has been launched. The network has more than 150 trained and accredited carers, supported by Humanists UK.
According to Humanists UK, 45 per cent of people who are not religious responded to a poll from the organisation and said they would choose to have a non-religious pastoral support provider when they needed one.
Some 75 healthcare institutions now have a NRPSN member on their team, constituting some 25 per cent of acute trusts. The same is true of 15 per cent of prisons.
Simon O’Donoghue, head of pastoral support for Humanists UK, said, ‘The research shows that most non-religious people want to see a non-religious pastoral carer rather than a chaplain’.