The Rev. Julia Myles, Chaplain at Mountbatten Isle of Wight, has been licensed by the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, the Ven. Peter Leonard.   Julia will be providing spiritual care to the many people who use Mountbatten Isle of Wight’s services each year.

Speaking about joining us at Mountbatten Isle of Wight Julia said:

“Irrespective of your religion or beliefs I am here if anyone needs to talk, offload or have a conversation about something meaningful to them. This of course includes our staff and volunteers as well as patients and their family members or friends.

“We also have a wonderful Chapel space where anyone can spend a few moments of stillness or light a candle and we can host gatherings and times of reflection.

“My job description has many other aspects in it as Mountbatten continually strives to be the best we can be for the whole Island. I am greatly looking forward to being able to be more present in our communities, getting to know all the faith communities and leaders, and helping with the development of the volunteer team when we emerge from the pandemic.”

Julia’s role includes ministering to the needs of patients and their families or friends, conducting funerals, visits to patients both at the Inpatient Unit and in the Community and conducting the occasional wedding too!   

Julia has a varied background in Primary and Higher Education and Community Arts and believes strongly in Mountbatten’s strategy to equip our whole Island community to talk about death, dying and bereavement. Julia can be contacted on 01983-217345.

Welcoming Julia to Mountbatten, Chief Executive Nigel Hartley said: “Thank you to Archdeacon Peter Leonard for leading the short licensing ceremony, and to Bishop Christopher for supporting this appointment. I am looking forward to working with Julia.    The position Julia has taken on is currently more vital than ever as we look forward to a calm and peaceful future when we emerge from the current pandemic.  As ever it is vitally important that we talk with family and friends about death, dying and bereavement and Julia is keen to help Island groups with this important subject.”