Movers and Shakers is designed to develop skills and talents of young people that can be used in everyday life. To ensure that the young person can get the most from the experience each applicant will be required to nominate an adult who will act as a Pastoral Supporter. (This person must be asked before submitting their name).
What is the Role of the Pastoral Supporter?
The pastoral supporter will act as referee and will be contacted before the program by their diocesan coordinator to discuss how the program will suit the young person they are supporting. The pastoral supporter will need to make contact with the young person and ask them about their expectations before the program and assist them with evaluation when they return home.
After the program the coordinator will contact the Pastoral Supporter to discuss how the young person is using the information and experience gained and about the well being of the young person including any issues or concerns that may have emerged as a result of the program experience.
Who can be a Pastoral Supporter?
Any suitable adult that the young person feels comfortable talking to. They might be from the Youth Group, Parish or School. It is preferable that the pastoral supporter not be a parent of the applicant.
Can an adult support more than one participant?
Due to the amount of time and follow up that is necessary and to make it fair to both the young person and the pastoral supporter, an adult can only be a pastoral supporter for one person.