Who we are?

The Tasmanian Council of Churches’ Emergencies Ministry (TCC EM) seeks to provide compassionate care in times of crisis. We provide emotional and spiritual care, personal support, and psychological first aid, and contribute to outreach in the event of a disaster or emergency. As part of the Tasmanian Social Recovery Plan, through the activation of a regional social recovery committee, the TCC EM is the primary agency whose sole purpose is to deliver pastoral care in times of crisis. Deployment can also come through local councils or other government departments.

We hope to continue building on our network by training and accrediting volunteers from various Tasmanian faith communities who can provide chaplaincy and personal support in disaster settings and the emergency context.

Training with EM

The initial EM training course requires about 3 hours of pre-reading and preparation followed by a one-day face-to-face training session. The pre-reading material will be made available to registrants about a week prior to a training course. This initial training is for new volunteer candidates and also established volunteers who wish to undertake refresher training. Refresher courses are recommended every two years and required at least every three years. The Refresher course is sometimes offered in a shortened format.

For further details, visit the Register for Training page and/or contact the TCC EM State Officer, Gus Yearsley, through our Contact Page.

Further information on the Tasmanian Council of Churches is available at tcctas.org.au.

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