Welcome to our July 2021 newsletter.

A reminder to Chaplains and volunteer counsellors that we have a Connect and Chat call on Tuesday 6th July (link shown below).

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.

In this months newsletter:


Creating a conducive workplace for staff wellbeing

By Peter Thatcher, Treasurer, CWC

As more and more organisations are planning for their employees to return to the workplace on a more regular basis, time is likely to be well spent thinking about the work environment that their employees will return to. Much has been written and discussed over the past few months about employee well-being and the need for employers to create a supportive environment for their staff.

As I was musing over this, I was reminded of a client of mine from a few years ago. The client was a financial services company based in the centre of London and they occupied two floors of a very nice office building. The company had gone to great lengths to create a physical environment where people were encouraged to talk, to take time out from their desk and even to take some exercise. Three things that they did have stayed with me over the years.
  1. There was an amazing spiral staircase linking the two floors. The company had installed it themselves on the basis that they wanted people to walk between floors, rather than use the lifts, so that it increased the chance of interaction with colleagues as they passed each other on the stairs. Plus there was the added benefit of encouraging people to exercise while walking up and down the staircase.
  2. They also created a number of seating areas throughout the two floors, in different alcoves and spaces, with comfy seats of varying colours and styles. People were encouraged to use them as an alternative to sitting at their desks, to use them to take some time out for reflection, creative thinking and for chats with colleagues.
  3. And, finally, they had a small coffee bar, which also sold snacks, on one of the floors. Nice idea, but the genius point (I thought) was that they closed it at lunchtime. You might immediately think that odd, to close at one of the busiest times of the day. The logic was quite simple. It was to encourage people to leave the office and walk somewhere to buy lunch rather than simply grab something from the coffee bar and eat while sitting at their desks.
And all of these things worked. They had an engaged, motivated team of people and there was a real buzz about the place. Everything that an employer should want.
Of course, these initiatives cost a lot of money and not every organisation can afford to do what they did, but in these times where the focus is, and should be, on staff well-being, maybe more organisations should devote some time to think creatively about what can be done to create a physical environment that is conducive for people to pause, exercise and chat.

Guidance and videos on the from CPSL Mind
on the Workplace Wellbeing Hub

When we created the Workplace Wellbeing Hub we were delighted to work with CPSL Mind on some bespoke resources that anyone could access.

These include:
What is mental health and wellbeing?
Coping with stress
Making a wellbeing plan

You can then spend time analysing what is causing you stress as you complete a stress bucket exercise (download here) and then work on your own wellbeing plan to help you get more balance in your life (which in turn will help calm your mind!) You can download a simple wellbeing plan here.

If writing and reflecting isn't for you, then how about listening to a podcast or dowloading an app so you can listen when it suits you?

Find out for yourself on our Workplace Wellbeing Hub, tell your friends, family and colleagues as you never know when someone may want some support: 

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.

PRIORITISE WELLBEING NOW OR FACE BURNOUT BOOM AND TALENT DRAIN Businesses need to prioritise employee wellbeing alongside company culture – or risk a boom of burnout, and in the worst cases, a talent retention and productivity crisis.

Insecure income, boredom and physical health impacted employee wellbeing most in lockdown Having an insecure financial situation, being bored in both work and free time, and worsening physical health were the biggest factors affecting employee’s wellbeing, during the first covid-19 lockdown, according to new research from emlyon business school.

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.

Ageing and spirituality  
3rd July (there is a registration fee to attend)

Faced with the norm of seeing ageing as despair and fragility, we explore ageing as a source of wisdom, joy and growth through Spirituality.

Lighting up eternity in the midst of work and life 
5th July (small charge to attend)

A time of visual and verbal reflection based on the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. This lunchtime event will be accessible to Christians of all denominations and to people of all faiths and none.

Can we overcome rhetoric and address the tensions of workplace wellbeing? 
6th July (free to attend)

This webinar will pose several questions - such as: Are you a wellbeing donkey? Or is your work becoming more of a health burden? In the webinar we will explore what is wellbeing, can it be measured and better understood? What research is taking place to fully understand workload pressures and how these effect our mental, and physical wellbeing?

Safeguarding Adults - Strengthening Faith Institutions
6th July
Strengthening Faith Institutions is running online training on Tuesday 6 July on 'Safeguarding Adults: An Introduction'.  The webinar runs from 3pm to 4pm.

Listen to the World Open Mic Night
6th July

St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is hosting an Open Mic event on Tuesday 6 July on ‘Listen to the World’.  It will be an evening where the musical traditions and talents of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers find a home among local artists. It is being held from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. For more information, contact Jo Winsloe Slater at or register in advance here

Neurodiversity in the Workplace. 
8th July (free to attend)

A virtual webinar event for professionals looking to understand more about Neurodiversity in the workplace. The term Neurodiversity encompasses (among others) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s and Tourette ’s syndrome. In the workplace, often there is a fear and stigma about employees whose brains work differently which does nothing to help the employee or employer. In this webinar we will review the key aspects and best-practice regarding disability discrimination.

Self-care for staff and volunteers 
13th July and other dates available, usually one per month (free to attend)

It is essential that as a volunteer, you are putting the same care and love towards yourself as you would towards the programs you serve. Join this monthly session to hear how others are managing under pressure and, if you wish, share your stories. Hear some tips and strategies for Self-Care from a trained counsellor, with opportunities for further support if you need it.

Returning to the workplace - employee wellbeing 
14th July (free to attend)

As restrictions are starting to ease many of us will be swapping our home offices, kitchen tables, trackies and slippers and returning to workplaces over the coming months. If you have been working from home, or managing staff who will going back to the workplace it can feel like a big change and for many a daunting challenge, it may well be very different from what you previously experienced. In this session we will be sharing some practices that may help you with upcoming transitions.

Bereavement Friendly Church  
14th July (free to attend)

Run by this session helps individuals and religious leaders consider accessibility to the many bereaved people in their communities. The learning from this webinar can be applied to chaplaincy such as in prisons, hospitals and Universities/colleges.

Hannah Malcolm - 'Grief and Courage in a Dying World'
15 July (free to attend)

Hannah Malcolm is currently training for ordained ministry and writing a PhD on theology, climate and ecological grief. She campaigns around the subject of climate justice and recently edited a book entitled Words for a Dying World: Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church (SCM Press, 2020). This event is part of Heaven & Earth at Ely Cathedral Tickets are free, but please book a place here. If you can't join us in person, the talk will be live streamed.

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.

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. 

As part of 'Heaven & Earth' Ely Cathedral are hosting their first ever Ely Cathedral Green Fair on Saturday 31 July - a free, fun, family Eco event for everyone to enjoy.

The fair will showcase eco-friendly stalls selling home-made, locally produced artisan products, plus vegan specialities, local beers and ciders. You can also discover more about our local environmental groups and how you can support them.
View the full list of stalls on their website here 
The fair takes place on Cross Green (next to the Cathedral).
Gaia - Explore Planet Earth at Ely Cathedral!
Luke Jerram's spectacular installation 'Gaia' (kindly sponsored by The Friends of Ely Cathedral), a 7 meter replica of planet Earth, will be on display in Ely Cathedral this July. Suspended from high above, this globally acclaimed work of art will inspire awe and wonder. This spectacular exhibit can be experienced during Cathedral opening hours. Please book your visitor tickets online in advance here.
The Peterborough Theological Society Programme 2021-22
  • 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 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 and we will put you in touch with one of our experienced, qualified volunteers.
Thank you to all those volunteering their time to CWC.



Connect and Chat
Drop in session
Tuesday 6th July 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.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 826 4530 0452
Passcode: 558136

'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.'

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. Booking details to follow.

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
Multifaith Prayer Diary - July 2021
Download our prayer diary to give focus to each day. Featuring different faith festivals, national awareness days and thoughtful prayers.
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