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Welcome to our February 2022 newsletter.

Please note our next Connect and Chat for Chaplains and volunteer counsellors will be in February on Tuesday 1st February at 7pm (link below).

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.


In this months newsletter:

FOR WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS:

What will mental wellbeing in the workplace look like in 2022?

By Jane Thompson
 
We're moving swiftly into 2022, is it just me but January actually seems to have gone quickly this year? Maybe we are all just keen to get to Spring and lower Covid rates (fingers crossed).

Never has there been more discussion about our mental health and wellbeing and how employers should support staff, and the research and discussion in the news continues. It is good that people are realising that mental health is a continuum that needs to be constantly looked after.

A recent article I read that is featured on our Workplace Wellbeing Hub recommended reading list is how work-life balance and personal wellbeing are the top priorities for younger generations, (Gen Z and millennials) when looking for a job, according to a report by Deloitte.

Having said that, nearly four out of ten respondents do not believe their staff took efforts to assist their mental health throughout the pandemic.

Businesses must adopt a more compassionate work environment for reasons other than to get the best out of their employees.

In this article a few industry members share their visions for mental health in 2022:

Healthy, happy teams result in dynamic, resilient organisations: For all the talk of “work-life balance,” it is important to understand that as human beings, we can’t just flick a switch at the end of the work day and shake off the professional pressure.

“The workplace has an important supporting role to play in the wellbeing of its employees – we’re ultimately only as strong as the weakest link. Resilient, motivated employees make for dynamic organisations, so it really is in a company’s best interest to encourage and support the wellbeing of their employees in a structured and empathetic way,” says Reagen Kok, CEO at Hoorah Digital.

The physical environment must support wellness. The impact the physical work environment has on our wellbeing is increasingly well understood. According to David Seinker, CEO and Founder of The Business Exchange, In the world of hybrid work, the workplace needs to be more than a functional place in which work is done, but rather be an inviting space that promotes creativity and collaboration, or “less office cubicle and more café lounge”, as the Harvard Business Review puts it.

Serviced office spaces, a mainstay of hybrid work models, are characteristically inviting – spaces that incorporate greenery, natural light, art and design, all of which contribute to making the space a pleasant one to be in.

Empathy is key: Employees can easily conceal their troubles in the virtual world, either voluntarily or unwittingly. “Supporting mental health should be motivated by empathy, which demonstrates a genuine concern for the ideas, feelings, and life experiences of others,” says Matt Poladian, VP of People at Liferay.

The best way to build empathy is to listen intently to your people and proactively ask questions to learn more about what is going on with them.

“Empathy is essential for building an environment where all employees feel safe and comfortable. This is critical not just for the employees’ well-being but also for an organisation's creativity and productivity,” explains Poladian.

Jane Thompson, CWC

CWC and Healthy Workplaces partnering to run regular  Resilience events in 2022

CWC and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Workplace Service recently held 'Resilience for Mind, Body, Soul and Purse' with a mixture or employers and managers attending.

This reflective and informative webinar featured:
Jane Thompson from CWC setting the scene for resilience and what is needed by staff during the pandemic, alongside Jane, we welcomed Revd Stuart Wood, who talked about the role of Workplace Chaplains and his personal experiences in providing a safe space for people to be listened to. Talks then covered money advice thanks to Alan Nicholls from the Money Helper at the Money and Pensions Service followed by a mental health focus thanks to an excellent talk from Maria Varallo from Illuminate Charity.


Next Webinar: 8th February 11am

These sessions will run regularly during 2022 with different guest speakers examining the different areas of resilience and wellbeing. The next webinar will be on 8th February and if you are interested in attending, or perhaps in being a guest speaker please email healthyworkplace@everyonehealth.co.uk
UK Government Minister with responsibility for faith engagement
Kemi Badenoch MP has been given, as part of her Ministerial brief at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in the UK Government, responsibility for faith engagement as part of integrated communities. She is also Minster for Equalities. https://www.gov.uk/government/people/kemi-badenoch
The BBC has announced that Aleem Maqbool has been appointed as the BBC’s new Religion Editor. He will take up the role in Spring 2022. There is now the addition of a new ‘Faith and Hope’ area on the BBC iPlayer, as well as programmes such as the ‘Being’ series reflecting on how family milestones are marked by different faiths, ‘My First Festivals’, featuring children celebrating festivals such as Rosh Hashanah and ‘My Diwali Stories’, which showed how Hindus, Jains and Sikhs celebrate Diwali in different ways. New RE materials are set to be released on BBC Bitesize and BBC Asian Network is due to release new content for Vaisakhi and for Ramadan including a 6 part series covering Ramadan’s meaning for individuals. Read the full press release here.

 

 

In many neighbourhoods across England, different faith and ethnic communities live and work next to each other, yet rarely interact with one another. Such separation can lead to misunderstanding and a lack of trust or respect for one another, neither of which is healthy for a local community.

Often these are also areas of deprivation, where people share a common concern for a better community, but don’t come together to talk or act as much as they could.

Yet it is local people, in local communities, who are ideally placed to identify and develop solutions that can improve their own neighbourhood.

This is where the network Near Neighbours plays a part, you can find out more and local hubs via their website: https://www.near-neighbours.org.uk/network-joining-page

Introducing the force’s first OK9 Wellbeing Dog…


In July the force welcomed a new member of the Wellbeing Team - with 4 legs! Following extensive training, six-year-old Labrador Holly is now an accredited working dog. She is accompanied by owner PC Paul Roe, a trained wellbeing champion who is passionate about discussing and improving mental health across the constabulary. Paul is also qualified in mental health first aid, Oscar Kilo peer support and suicide prevention.

Research has shown that dogs can have a "magic" effect on mental health - helping to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness. As Holly and Paul visit police stations and teams across the county, their hope is to encourage a calming environment where officers and staff can talk openly about how they are feeling.

News of the current Chaplaincy team: After a long waiting period, it’s good to be able to report that all our chaplains can now visit their stations in person once again after being available only remotely via phone or email for so many months.

Dharmanatha Porter (Parkside) continues to make weekly visits each Weds morning (1000-1200) and is also able to drop into Histon Station too.
Martin Dale (Wisbech), Rob Booth (Ely), Allison Hector (Huntingdon Police Station) and John Minh (Sawston and Cambourne) are all able to return to their stations and will be making regular visits to build up relationships with officers and staff once again after many months of being unable to visit in person.
Lynda Taylor (Force HQ in Huntingdon) continues to visit HQ once a week (usually Tuesday morning, 0900-1400). She also makes a monthly visit to Thorpe Wood in Peterborough as an interim chaplain there, and occasionally to Monks Wood. Now that face-to-face contact is so much easier, we will also be able to get back to recruiting additional members for our chaplaincy team.

Chaplains required:
Our priority will be to identify suitable volunteer chaplains for those stations which are currently not covered, including Thorpe Wood, March, St Ives and St Neots.

Workplace Wellbeing Hub

 

The Workplace Wellbeing Hub offers a range of resources, please tell your family, friends and colleagues...you never know when someone may need some support and inspiration.

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

Workplace Wellbeing Hub

FOR WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS

Connect and Chat
Drop in session
Tuesday 1st February 7pm 2022


All are welcome to join our informal drop-in session for workplace chaplains, volunteer chaplains and counsellors. 

Topic: Connect and Chat - drop in session for Chaplains
Time: Feb 1, 2022 07:00 PM London

        
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82645300452?pwd=NDF1NmxrVU1hNEdzQkVGbU5DL1hydz09 

Meeting ID: 826 4530 0452
Passcode: 558136


*****SAVE THE DATE*****

 
Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy and the Cambridge Theological Federation

Chaplaincy in and after COVID
Chaplaincy Online Symposium
Thursday 19th May 2022 10am-1pm

Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy and the Cambridge Theological Federation have joined together to offer an online symposium for chaplains in the Eastern Region, to address two important questions for chaplaincy:
  • What has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on chaplaincy in the region?
  • How has chaplaincy adapted in the light of the pandemic, including in innovative ways?
This is an opportunity for all those involved in chaplaincy in the region to meet together, to share insights arising from the last two years and to learn how these might shape the future development of chaplaincy

This event is for chaplains in all settings and from all faiths and beliefs.

To register for this event please email: Kate Williams (University Liaison Officer ARU Programmes, Cambridge Theological Federation), arudegrees@theofed.cam.ac.uk
 

WANTED - CAN YOU HELP?
We're looking for an active Chaplain (non-healthcare) to be interviewed as part of a Symposium
19th May 2022 10am-1pm


Are you a an active Workplace Chaplain working in industry or retail? Would you be happy to take part in our symposium and to be interviewed about your experience during Covid as a Chaplain? Please email us via info@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk


PART-TIME WORKPLACE CHAPLAIN REQUIRED
FOR SWISS LAUNDRY, PAPWORTH EVERARD (TYPICALLY ONE AFTERNOON PER WEEK)

Due to a Chaplain retiring from some duties we are seeking a Chaplain who can support staff at this busy, friendly business in Papworth Everard. If you have time to support others please email Alastair Reid to discuss the role further: alastair.reid@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk


Bursary Scheme 

Our 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. Funding rounds for 2022 are:
28 February 2022
31 May 2022
31 August 2022
30 November 2022

For more information please see our website here 
Prayer Diary: February 2022
Download our prayer diary to give focus to each day. Featuring different faith festivals, national awareness days and thoughtful prayers.
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