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Welcome to our August 2021 newsletter.

A reminder to Chaplains and volunteer counsellors that we have a Connect and Chat call on Tuesday 3rd August (link shown below).

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.


In this months newsletter:

FOR WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS:

Has anything 'good' come out of lockdowns?

By Clive Morton, Vice-Chair, CWC

 
“Devastating” and “unprecedented” are terms that have been repeatedly used (some would say over-used) throughout the pandemic. The experience for so many has been dire and it’s easy to see this past 18 months in very negative terms.
 
However, there are positive outcomes and I’d like to share one of those experiences from Peterborough.

Along with other local authorities during 2020, Peterborough City Council (PCC) were struggling to engage effectively with communities and individuals, particularly those isolated at home. The Council needed to get ‘Covid messages across’ and were struggling.

We have a wide range of ethnic communities in Peterborough and, in parallel, strong membership of world religions. Peterborough has had a long history of Inter Faith links and a pattern of strong partnerships between the Council and volunteer organisations including those associated with the Faiths.

Jawaid Khan, Head of Community Resilience and Integration for PCC, approached Rev Canon Tim Alban Jones, Vice Dean at the Cathedral, with the idea of setting up an Inter Faith Support Group (IFSG) with the objective of addressing the Covid issues and working in partnership with PCC and volunteer organisations. Tim Alban Jones took up the challenge and very swiftly set up and coordinated membership of the IFSG establishing fortnightly Zoom meetings and those meetings have met right up to the current time.
 
The prime objective was to communicate to and between the faiths on the situation with the pandemic and to aid this Dr Tony Jewell, public health consultant to PCC, attended each meeting bringing powerful epidemiological data from the ‘big picture’ right down to ‘drilling down’ detail on Peterborough and its districts and ethnic communities. Apart from the data on the pandemic, opportunities were taken to introduce to the group experts on current community issues where help, action and partnership was needed.
This support group became a self-managing social action forum facing up to the presented and discovered issues and suggesting and implementing solutions that crossed boundaries, engaging each Faith and the related voluntary organisations.
 
There were many products of the deep relationships established. For example, work across the faiths to provide for the homeless and rough sleepers - Muslim based charities and restaurants, the Sikh Gurdwara, all providing meals for Light Project Peterborough, a Christian charity caring for the homeless and rough sleepers, who were then housed in hotels by government. Later, Mosques and churches became information hubs, testing centres and eventually vaccination centres.
 
The core topics were getting the Covid messages across; and implementing policies to tackle infection including spot lighting 'hard to reach groups' and those lagging behind in the vaccination programme. However these new connections also embraced an amazing range of shared issues such as:
  • Chaplaincy and the work of CWC - including the helpline for those isolated work from home and the self-employed. Through the partnership with the Council CWC was able to develop the Workplace Wellbeing Hub website with links for mental health support. www.workplacewellbeing.org.uk Also, the City Centre Chaplaincy model, that has operated for some years, is now being extended through the partnership with PCC to other townships and communities in Peterborough
  • Fostering - identifying needs and connections.
  • APPG Faith and Society guidance on partnerships - research on local government experience. Support for food banks. Access to those isolated.
  • Public Health and use of worship space - preventative measures during lockdown.
  • Issues of domestic abuse and training for those interacting with such situations.
  • Crafting for Well-being
  • Organising the Census 2021.
  • Links to Policing priorities, in particular for any outdoor events as restrictions eased.
  • Funding opportunities for community groups and faith organisations
  • An opportunity to be a trustee of ‘Headway’
  • Investing in Mental Healthcare for Minority Ethnic Groups in Peterborough.
  • Protection of places of worship against hate crime. Action against hate. SAFE. ‘We Stand Together’ - tackling hate crime on the transport network. Safety in Ramadan.
  • Access to Social Prescribing
  • ‘Stop Suicide’ training (CWC organised)
  • Samaritans - access and volunteering
  • “What may happen as we come out of lockdown” (CWC)
We have all been amazed at what has been achieved from the ‘mustard seed’ of the approach from Jawaid to Tim.

Now, the challenge to build further on this!
 
Clive Morton Vice-Chair CWC
 
 
 


For You, For your Loved ones, For your employees...For Everyone!


The Workplace Wellbeing Hub has a wealth of resources....

Want to start exercising more but no idea where to start?!
Looking for some mental health support for you or someone you know?
Need to help your sleep but not sure what app may help you create good habits?
Interested in Cambs Faith Groups and spirituality generally?

Whatever your need we have something for mind, body and soul.

Tell your friends, family and colleagues as you never know when someone may want some support: www.workplacewellbeing.org.uk 

CWC has funded the website alongside a grant from Peterborough City Council and has also funded specific resources supplied by local mental health organisation, CPSL Mind.


An Olympian's Guide to Workplace Health As the 2021 Olympics approach, it’s a timely opportunity to take a look at how workplace health is absolutely crucial to performance and wellbeing.

Linklaters rolls out workplace wellbeing App to UK workers Linklaters has partnered up with UK startup BetterSpace to introduce a workplace wellbeing app aimed at providing accessible and sustainable tools for its UK employees to best look after their mental health. 

It's Freedom Day! Please don't touch me! As we move from working at home to working in offices, expect awkwardness. “People are at the root of any company; human connection and feedback are crucial in moderating behaviours and validating progress”.

World Wellbeing Week - What does the future of wellbeing look like? Bupa UK has revealed 36% of the UK workforce have reported employers have a greater understanding of mental health.

However, just as employers’ perspectives towards workplace wellbeing have changed, employees’ expectations are shifting rapidly as we adapt to the next chapter of working life. Many employees are now keen to take some benefits of lockdown such as working from home and flexible working hours back into their post-lockdown working life.


 

Online seminars and workshops:

Wellbeing topics, reflection, chaplaincy and more...

Here is a selection of online events coming up which may interest supporters and Chaplains alike covering a range of topics relevant to work, spirituality and more.

Meditation in the Christian tradition - weekly practice sessions 
Saturdays, weekly (free to attend)

Meditation in the Christian tradition is a very ancient and very simple way of prayer. It is a way of being fully present to the gift of our life, each other and God. It’s about establishing peace in ourselves so we can be places of peace in the world. Each session will involve a short talk, a period of silent meditation practice and an opportunity questions and conversation.

Happy people - healthy workplaces 
24th August (free to attend)

Organised by Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland this seminar will help you to consider the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’ of engaging with wellbeing in the workplace. ‘Why’ explores how happy employees benefit the workforce and the ‘How’ explores the role of senior managers and line management in enabling a happy environment.

Good conversations about mental health and wellbeing
11th September, Chatteris Parish Church, Cambs
NHS Chaplain John Nicholson, Rachel Hawksworth, Community Mission Worker in March, and Mike Booker, Bishop’s Change Officer for Market Towns invite you to join them on this special occasion. We will be taking time to remember and share the different ways in which we look after ourselves and others, especially when life is emotionally tough and challenging

A one-day event to reflect, reconnect and reset
18th September, Duxford, Cambs (£68.32)

After the rollercoaster of the last 18 months, how does a day, just for you to reflect and reconnect, sound? Whether you’ve enjoyed a slower pace of life, or have felt challenged and overwhelmed with constant uncertainty, I invite you to join me to reflect back, reconnect inwards and reset your priorities to move forward.
Run by Gemma Brown Coaching

What is Mindfulness? Buddhist Roots of a Modern Movement 
14th October (£17 to attend)

This two-hour talk will cover the fascinating roots of mindfulness. Mindfulness is used widely in the world today. But, how did these practices come about? Mindfulness is useful everywhere, so the Buddha said. Using Early Buddhist Texts, this session will focus on the Buddhist foundations of Mindfulness. 

End of Life Across the Faiths
6th December, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Supporting your patient’s faith and beliefs at end of life helps to make a more dignified experience. This Study Day is aimed at: This study day is for health and social care professionals who are caring for palliative patients in any setting, community, hospital, care or nursing home.
  • The Peterborough Theological Society is an ecumenical society, open to all.
  • Meetings are held on Mondays, 7.30 – 9.15 pm.
  • Meetings in person will resume as soon as possible and will also be available on Zoom.
  • Subscriptions: Annual - £20 (couples £30; unwaged students £10); Individual meetings - £5.
  • Register to receive details. Contact michael@mpage.org.uk to register and make payment.
Upcoming lectures for the autumn:

Monday, 27 September 2021
From St Clare of Assisi to Pope Francis: Franciscan wisdom for today’s world
Speaker: Rev’d Canon Dr Rowan Williams, Canon Precentor at Peterborough Cathedral 

Monday, 25 October 2021
Food and farming - obedient to power or Gospel?
Speaker: Christopher Jones MBE, Co-founder of the Farming Community Network

Monday, 29 November 2021
The Narrative of Experience: belief, faith and what happens

Speaker: Rev’d John Rackley, Associate Minister for Market Harborough Methodist Circuit 

CWC Listening service
A service where anyone can reach a Chaplain, regardless of any faiths or beliefs.
If you need emotional support please don't be afraid to use our email request service.

Send an email to support@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk and we will put you in touch with one of our experienced, qualified volunteers.
Thank you to all those volunteering their time to CWC.

FOR WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS

Connect and Chat
Drop in session
Tuesday 3rd August 7pm 2021


All are welcome to join our informal drop-in session for workplace chaplains, volunteer chaplains and counsellors. Come and offload, see some friendly faces and share experiences. Session runs every 1st Tuesday of the month.

Time: Aug 3, 2021 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9312525129?pwd=YXpJQmdqZ3J1aGZJYmdBQjk3eDMydz09

Meeting ID: 931 252 5129
Passcode: 8yd2ip

'As a Chaplain you are often working alone in challenging circumstances and seeking to walk alongside those at their most vulnerable.  It has been a real comfort for me to have the opportunity to have a supportive space to share freely of the experience and to be refreshed in the knowledge that we are not alone in this vital ministry.'

'It was good to hear from others who are involved in workplace chaplaincy in different contexts. I felt there was a mutual exchange of creative ideas and lots of support offered which I pray will bear much fruit.'
SAVE THE DATE: 7TH OCTOBER

Community Trauma: Remaining resilient in a time of pandemic

NEXT Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK Mini-Conference will take place on
7th October 2021 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm.
Keynote Speaker: Revd Hilary Ison, Trainer and Consultant on Trauma, Leadership and Change.

To be held on Zoom. Telephone 01905 621 780 for more details.


Bursary Scheme


Reminder that our new Bursary Scheme is open to workplace chaplains operating in Cambridgeshire. 

The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to chaplains who are seeking to attend a conference, training course or retreat that will enhance their ministry as workplace chaplains.

Grants of up to £500 are available for each successful application. No requests for bursaries to cover accommodation expenses, where these are in addition to the course or retreat fees, will be considered. For more information and an application form please email info@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk
Multifaith Prayer Diary - August 2021
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