The membership of U3A Rockhampton and District Inc voted overwhelmingly in favour of the appointment of a voluntary chaplain. Accordingly, U3A Rockhampton is seeking the services of a suitable person to provide a listening ear and show care and compassion to U3A members in times of grief and loss, sickness, and loneliness or in need of someone to talk to about matters of concern to them in the circumstances of life. This may involve hospital and/or home visitation.

The chaplain:
• Will have experience in chaplaincy, counselling, social work or a pastoral care position. Associated qualifications will be considered favourably but are not essential.

• Will have an understanding of the circumstances senior citizens face when transitioning from occupations to retirement with specific reference to social interaction. Membership of U3A will be required and the chaplain must be aware of and comply with the aims and objectives of U3A Rockhampton and District Inc.

• Will practice compassion and empathy which conveys to care recipients that their circumstances are shared and valued, by connecting deeply with the individual. The values of respect and acceptance for the person and their values, beliefs and world-views are paramount.

• Will, with regard to spiritual care, offer this support in such a way that upholds the established culture and values of the recipient. Spiritual care shall be provided to a U3A Rockhampton member ONLY at their request and with their consent. U3A is a non-religious organisation and while the chaplain may be a person of faith, they are not to promote their religious and/or denominational beliefs in carrying out the duties of the role. For example, should discussion of religious matters be initiated by the U3A member, they can respond accordingly. If a U3A member asked the chaplain to pray for them or with them, then that would be appropriate.

• Will maintain the dignity of the recipient, which shall be of prime consideration at ALL times. Dignity is promoted when individuals are enabled, to the best of their ability, to exercise control, make choices and feel involved in the decision making that underpins their care.

• Will respect the confidentiality of all matters discussed with them, within normal legal guidelines for such roles.

• Will not offer professional services. Where a need for professional services is identified, the chaplain will recommend that these services be sought by the member.


If you wish to apply for the position, please send your expression of interest including details of past experience and qualifications or resume to Lance Cowan or Alan Watts at the email addresses below. All enquiries can be made by contacting

Lance on 0497 575 321or Alan on 0411 469 563

Lance Cowan-
Alan Watts-

Applications close on 31/10/2021
If you know of someone who may be suitable for the position, either from within or outside U3A. please pass on details of this position to him/her.