- Rev Claudette Douglas
My pronouns are she/her. I am a Black British Female of Jamaican ancestry and the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy coordinator, which is a part-time role and is part of the Wellbeing service
I develop people, projects and places. I am an ordained inter-denominational Christian Minister with a strong passion and long history of cultural activism, campaigning for causes of social equality, justice and peace. I have a background in performing arts, theatre production, and cultural engagement and have worked as an actor, touring theatre producer, performance poet and Drama in Education practitioner. I am a community cohesion specialist with wide ranging expertise in initiating and delivering participation projects that create community voice for socially deprived, marginalised or disengaged committees and sections of society.
I have also trained as a healthcare chaplain at Guys and St. Thomas’s Hospital and I have worked in the mental health sector for over 20 years as a Community Chaplain and coordinator for SIMBA (an arts based advocacy group for BAME service users). As a trainer, I developed the training module Understanding Spirituality in Mental Health and Wellbeing for South Lambeth and Maudsley NHS Mental Health Trust.
My mission is to combine creativity, technology and indigenous holistic practices from all over the world to explore spirituality and wellbeing in the context of a fast changing world. I am excited to explore universal and creative strategies to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of SOAS students and staff.
I am the founder of a social enterprise, Spirit First Creatives, where I run a number events including monthly gathering called Decorating the Spirit where participants engage in the arts, wellbeing and shared social experiences. Part of this process also includes meditation, keeping a gratitude journal and vision planning for your life.
I am currently working on my first book of poetry, 'Black Blessed and British' which will be published in the summer of 2020.