Chaplain joins Burnley drug/alcohol centre

Chaplain Barry Hunter from Inspire (s)
Chaplain Barry Hunter from Inspire (s)
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A drug and alcohol support centre in Burnley has set up a new chaplaincy service.

Inspire, in Westgate, appointed chaplain Mr Barry Hunter three months ago and since then he has been working with people battling addiction.

Mr Hunter said: “I wasn’t really aware of the Inspire service before I got involved, but I was really impressed at the way the service brings together all the elements that people need to deal with their addiction and dependency issues, from health services to counselling, and support with things like benefits and getting back into employment. “While all the practical support was in place, it was felt that there was a spiritual element missing, and there were some service users who would value help in that area.”

Service users are informed about the availability of the chaplaincy service by their individual key workers, and can request support from Barry for themselves or their families and friends.

Mr Hunter, who trained as a minister 13 years ago, added: “The service is available to people of all faiths and those with no faith.

“The support I offer really depends on the individual’s needs.

“It can range from having someone to pray with to providing spiritual guidance and counselling, or can be more practical support such as helping to make funeral arrangements. Where necessary, I am able to use my local contacts to liaise with representatives of other faith groups in the area.”