Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy volunteer David Briddock has been named Carinity’s Chaplain of the Year.
David has been an Inside Out prison chaplain for five years, following 15 years as a “religious visitor” to correctional centres.
“I believe chaplains are vital in prisons as each resident finds themself in a position where they often have the time and the inclination to seek help and support. More than ever, these people need a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on,” David says.
“I find every aspect of prison chaplaincy rewarding but seeing changes in the inmates who seek to get their lives on track is just the best.”
David is one of around 30 Inside Out prison chaplains serving in correctional centres across Queensland.
“Men and women who are incarcerated are among the most marginalised people in our society. A common attitude to people in prison is ‘out of sight out of mind’,” Manager of Carinity Chaplaincy and Mission Services Don McPherson says.
“Our chaplains provide encouragement, support and spiritual care to people in times of personal need. They provide a listening ear and assist people to access spiritual resources for living and for facing challenging times.”
David’s award was presented at a luncheon celebrating Carinity’s volunteers, supporters and donors held in Brisbane on August 23.
Christian radio station 96Five was recognised for its outstanding support of Carinity, which oversees Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy.
For many years 96Five has granted Carinity air-time to spread the word about raising funds for its chaplaincy programs, in particular Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy.
The award was presented to 96Five’s Account Manager, Jill Patrick.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy chaplain can phone 3550 3719 or find more information here.