Those who work in roles that provide spiritual or pastoral support often have conversations with people about their values, hopes, challenges and ways to create a life that is meaningful to them. These subjects are natural territory for the card sets and stickers created by Innovative Resources because they are designed to prompt conversation, storytelling and reflection about feelings, strengths, hopes, goals and choices.
While all our card sets could find a happy home in the tool kits of chaplains and pastoral carers, we would like to draw your attention to a few that have been created especially with you in mind: Signposts—exploring everyday spirituality is a set of photograph-based cards designed to invite anyone to talk about meaning and significance in their lives whether or not they couch this in religious terms. Angels—the strengths of everyday kindness is a truly soulful and quirky set of cartoon-style angel characters painted in water colour, each with a word naming a key strengths or quality such as creativity, patience, endurance, contentment, vitality. Note to Self is all about the choices we can make to be in the ‘driver‘s seat’ of our own lives and let go of blame. A Patchwork Life (life’s journey as a patchwork quilt of learning experiences) and Life Tweaking (inspired by life coaching conversations) are two card sets that open up conversations about identity, purpose and hopes and dreams – many of the issues canvassed in pastoral care.
While our resources do not espouse any particular religious tradition, they do offer many opportunities for speaking about what is important in our lives. Often, this kind of conversation touches on what we hold dear. For some people this means that spiritual and religious beliefs may naturally arise in the conversation. Whether a person is religious or not, we hope that anyone, anywhere—regardless of their cultural or spiritual background—will feel comfortable using our resources.
Everyone knows the adage, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ and whether you work one-on-one or with groups, our card sets feature rich visual metaphors using photographs, cartoons, paintings, drawings and graphic design. They are very useful tools for building creativity and variety into your work—something that can inspire and energise you as well as the people you support.
Our card sets can be used to explore:
- what is happening in a person’s life
- the strengths and resources they can bring to the situation
- what is meaningful to them
- their stories, feelings and relationships
- keys to building their own resilience
- their best hopes for the future
- their goals and next steps
- how they are going along the way.