Meet the force chaplain
Mr Gerald Williams is the new multi-faith chaplain for North Wales Police. He will offer pastoral support to North Wales Police officers and staff, offering a friendly, confidential and impartial listening ear about any situation – be it a difficult day, a particular dilemma or if you just want to talk to somebody. In taking up this voluntary post Gerald, who has been a chaplain in the Baha’i faith for the past five years, is part of a 6/12 month pilot scheme.
Gerald, 59, is a qualified accounting technician who worked in the IT department of the Welsh Government. It was whilst working here that he found himself providing support for colleagues, and this led to him training as a chaplain for the NHS. Since 2009 he has worked as a voluntary chaplaincy assistant in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Gerald said that his decision to become a chaplain to North Wales Police is based on his wish to support the good work of the police. He has admitted that working with the police is new territory for him, but it is an opportunity that he is looking forward to! “It is very much on a casual basis, with me being there just for a chat. But I am hoping that I can put people in a position where they can support each other rather than independently”.
In March Gerald completed the National Association of Chaplains in Policing (NACP) Induction course, held in Carmarthen, and was welcomed by members of the chaplaincy teams of Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, and Devon & Cornwall. He said “This accreditation seems to signal that chaplaincy in NWPA is now ‘open for business’. I’m told my hi-viz jacket is waiting for me at Colwyn Bay HQ. I have met a very friendly group of ‘Bikesafe’ volunteers, and am looking forward to meeting more NWPA officers and staff as things progress.” He will be visiting stations and going out on patrol, but you can also arrange to meet him privately. Talking to Gerald is completely confidential, however if Gerald believes that there are other agencies who can provide additional help and support he will refer people on, but only with their consent to do so.
Gerald’s work with North Wales Police will also involve representing North Wales Police at multi-faith events, something that he is looking forward to.
You can contact Gerald by telephone or email, or you can arrange to meet him face to face – either at a police premises or somewhere else of your choice – on 07971 254151