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Storm recovery Chaplain appointed to Stroud, Dungog and Stroud Road area

Rev Dr Peter Oliver has been appointed as the storm recovery chaplain for the Dungog, Stroud and Stroud Road area. Following consultation with the local Uniting Church, the National Disaster Recovery Office for the Uniting Church, and the Hunter Presbytery, Peter was appointed to support the local communities during the recovery phase of the recent storm.

The appointment of Peter is an extension of the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network, and is designed to support the community as a whole, but more specifically storm affected people who are finding it difficult to come to terms with the circumstances and outcomes.

This ministry initiative was prompted in response to the super-storm which struck the Hunter region in April this year.

The ministry is informed by research / experience pointing to the critical recovery stage for individuals and communities between 3 to 12 months after trauma. For the wider community the memory of the storm and its impacts may be receding. However for many people dealing with post trauma stress, knowing and experiencing ongoing support can be very important in sustaining their pathway to recovery.

If you would like assistance or know anyone else who would like an opportunity to speak with Peter he can be contacted by phoning 0432 849 191 and leave your name and number. Alternatively you can contact members of the local Storm Recovery Taskforce, Robyn Keller, Beryl Bale and Larline Trustum who will put you in touch with Peter.
Rev Dr Peter Oliver will be in the area every week for the next six months.

To read the article in full pick up a copy of the Dungog Chronicle – Wednesday 12 August


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