Church puts nursing at heart of the community

Jill Eveleigh, Regional Parish Nursing Rep; Dr Helen Wordsworth, Director of Parish Nursing UK, Ven Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham, Rev Cpt Howard Schnaar, Vicar of Broadfield and his wife and licenced reader Deirdre Schnaar, Crawley mayor councillor Raj Sharma, Juliette Williams, Parish Nurse for Broadfield, Bishop of Chichester the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner and Rev Liz Logan, Diocesan Parish Nursing link - photo submitted by the Diocese of Chichester
Jill Eveleigh, Regional Parish Nursing Rep; Dr Helen Wordsworth, Director of Parish Nursing UK, Ven Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham, Rev Cpt Howard Schnaar, Vicar of Broadfield and his wife and licenced reader Deirdre Schnaar, Crawley mayor councillor Raj Sharma, Juliette Williams, Parish Nurse for Broadfield, Bishop of Chichester the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner and Rev Liz Logan, Diocesan Parish Nursing link - photo submitted by the Diocese of Chichester
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There was much to celebrate a church Christ the Lord Church in Broadfield when Juliette Williams, was inaugurated as the parish nurse there.

Parish Nursing Ministries UK help churches appoint nurses who can support the community in mind, body and spirit.

Parish nurse for Broadfield Parish Juliette Williams with vicar of Broadfield Rev Howard Schnaar and his wife Deirdre - picture submitted by the Diocese of Chichester

Parish nurse for Broadfield Parish Juliette Williams with vicar of Broadfield Rev Howard Schnaar and his wife Deirdre - picture submitted by the Diocese of Chichester

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, joined the parish, civic leaders and representatives of Parish Nursing Ministries UK to welcome Juliette.

Rev Howard Schnaar, vicar of Broadfield said: “Juliette, our parish nurse for Broadfield, has already been a great blessing to many in Broadfield with her warm and kind approach, yet professional. She is a great listener, non-judgmental and offers sound advice rooted in her professional knowledge and experience.

“This is an exciting post in Broadfield and I am thankful to the Church Mission Fund which helped make this innovative post a reality.”

Parish nurses are employed by the church to work with clergy and church members to support people in their homes, care homes or at church.

Archdeacon Fiona Windsor said the idea came out of the Crawley and Horsham Deanery review. She said: “This is a really positive initiative. Often people feel that reviews can be quite threatening but this is such a positive story and outcome for the mission and ministry of Broadfield.”

For more details see parishnursing.org.uk