Social Witness

Convener: Rev David Brice
Secretary: Mr Dermot Parsons

This Council seeks to deliver an effective Social Witness service on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and to the wider community in partnership with appropriate organisations. As such, the remit is far reaching across a wide section of society.

Residential Care, Nursing Care, Day Care, Respite Care, Supported Housing and the implementation of the Care in the Community initiative are offered under the umbrellas of Older People Services and Disability Services.
Management and professional oversight of Thompson House, a Probation Board NI approved accommodation on Belfast’s Antrim Road, falls under this Councils’ responsibility.  

Carlisle House, a residential substance misuse treatment centre near the centre of Belfast and Gray’s Court, a supported living project consisting of seven one bedroom flats are managed and overseen by the Council.

All public policy issues will be dealt with by the Council for Church in Society and all direct support of congregations, through the provision of resources and training, will be carried forward by the Council for Congregational Life and Witness.

Overseeing policy development and administration of Taking Care falls under this Council, however Taking Care training and conferences will be organised through the Council for Congregational Life and Witness.

Supporting the ministry of the Kinghan Church, a congregation based in South Belfast that caters for the deaf and hearing impaired persons.

Council Committees 

Older People Services Committee Convener: Rev Nigel Reid
Disability Services Committee Convener: Rev SJ Lowry
Specialist Services Committee Convener: Rev John Stanbridge
Taking Care Committee Convener: Rev KH Hibbert

You can find more about Social Witness news, people and resources here.