The Project has been established on the basis of funding from various sources:
- The Vice-Chancellor provided funding from 1 August 2005 to 31 July 2007 to enable Professor Cook to establish the project.
- Funding has been provided by the Leventis Foundation and the Society of the Sacred Mission for work on the Philokalia and mental well-being.
- Funding has been provided by the School for Health over one year (1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009) in support of further development work on this project.
- Professor Cook is currently employed (0.2 wte) by Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Although this is not formally for the purpose of establishing the work of the project described in this paper, it is this employment which has enabled Professor Cook to engage in his work with the Spirituality Interest Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Trust also currently has a working party (of which Professor Cook is a member) reviewing ways in which it meets the spiritual needs of its patients.
- Professor Cook’s employment at St John’s College (0.5 wte) enables his involvement in teaching pastoral studies to students preparing for ministry in the Anglican and Methodist churches. This includes teaching on spirituality, healing and health.
There is, at the time of writing, no core funding for this project. Funding for specific projects (other than Professor Cook’s work with the NHS and St John’s College) will be concluded by the end of July 2010. Funding is therefore currently being sought from other external sources in support of activities consonant with the above aims and objectives.