Non-religious pastoral care in universities

There are significant pressures and personal difficulties associated with the move from home to university, with many students experiencing high levels of stress and other emotional hardships at some point while studying.

While many university students have access to counselling services, with additional pastoral support in the form of chaplaincy, there is often no non-religious alternative. Given that the proportion of young people who have no religion is estimated at around two thirds, it is clear that a large proportion of the student population do not have the ability to seek non-religious pastoral support.

It is our goal to provide students, who are subject to prolonged periods of stress, with support appropriate to them, given the declining popularity of religion in this age group. As such, non-religious pastoral volunteers are indispensable components of the overall support plan of many students.