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Welcome to our April 2021 newsletter.

A reminder to Chaplains and volunteer counsellors that we have a support call on Tuesday 6th April at 7pm) so if you would like to attend please email us for the link.

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.


In this months newsletter:
SUPPORT FOR CHAPLAINS:

Workplace Wellbeing Hub launches: Resources for
Mind, Body and Soul


We're delighted to have launched our Workplace Wellbeing Hub to support the mind, body, and soul of people across the County, regardless of their workplace or circumstances.

CWC decided to fund this resource in response to the pandemic and how all workplaces have now changed because of it - employees, employers, self employed and of course workplace chaplains are all adapting to a new way of working.

I bring my Whole self - I am my Whole Self

One area we wanted to address with the WWH is the fact that the blurred boundaries of the different areas of our lives are a stress for so many people, regardless of their work or caring responsibilities. We can't get away from the fact that many different parts of our life now have to take place at home! What does that mean for the sanctuary we like to call home? Some may be feeling lonely and crave outside contact, and some may be desperate to escape the home - we're all experiencing some kind of pressure.

From the moment we get up there are a multitude of different things going on: our home may be our workplace, we may have caring responsibilities, homeschooling, food preparation and food breaks, leisure time plus work/leisure phone calls and video calls and meetings!

Therefore; now more than ever we need to be aware of our wellbeing and keep it topped up so that we can cope with these different pressures in our life - making space for some activities that nourish our mind, body and soul and help our overall wellbeing.

The Workplace Wellbeing Hub has easily accessible information including articles, podcast suggestions, videos, quotes, music, apps and more.

Alastair Reid, Chair of CWC commented;

As a charity we have recognised people need additional support during these times. Many are experiencing stress in their work and personal lives due directly to the pressures brought about by the current pandemic and we feel this website will be a great help’.

The website is lively, colourful, dynamic and is easy to navigate. Among the many subjects and features included are podcasts and videos on various subjects including physical exercise, mental health resources, spirituality including topics such as mindfulness and beliefs.

It is designed to be a combination of fun and serious, there is hopefully something for everyone. Find out for yourself, 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.

Article written by: Jane Thompson, Development & Administration Assistant, CWC

Funded places: 'Stop Suicide' Training session by CPSL Mind

After two successful training sessions, CWC has decided to fund another training session that is run by an experienced trainer from CPSL Mind.

Friday 21st May at 10am: This 3-hour session is run via zoom and numbers are limited. All particpants have to take place with their cameras on so that this sensitive subject can be discussed whilst the trainer can check you're ok.

Who can apply for a place?
As our primary work is supporting Chaplains, spaces are given to workplace chaplains  as a priority which includes volunteers or others with counselling responsibilities.

If however you feel you could benefit from this training because you supervise/look after/advise others then you are welcome to apply for a place. This includes team leaders/managers and HR professionals or those who supervise teams in challenging situations.

If you are interested in taking up this offer of training please register your interest by emailing Jane: jane@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk 

Both the Ely Diocese and Peterborough Diocese are offering a variety of online lent services, talks and events including items that can be downloaded for children. The #LiveLent resources (see below) are well worth looking at.
The Church of England's Lent resources theme for 2021, building on the success of recent years, is #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story. From Ash Wednesday (17 February) to Easter Sunday (4 April), there are six reflections for each week, written by Stephen Hance, the Church of England’s National Lead for Evangelism and Witness. Click Here  for full information.

These events are for Managers, Owners and Team Leaders, this event is funded by CWC as a support session for those needing support with their own wellbeing and that of their teams: 
https://tinyurl.com/y25b36ja

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.

SUPPORT FOR WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS

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
Webinar recording:
Relationships, Presence and Hope: University Chaplaincy
during the COVID–19 Pandemic

Theos explores the unique contributions of university chaplains during pandemic. This report examines the experience of Chaplains and faith advisors (2021) and was followed up with a recent webinar that is now on YouTube for others to watch who couldn't attend the webinar. Watch it here: Care under Covid-19: Providing spiritual and pastoral support at a distance

You can download the full report here and read an executive summary here.

Supporting those experiencing loneliness or bereavement

Workshop exploring how we can support people going through bereavement and experiencing loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic

About this Event

Campaign to End Loneliness have a webinar coming up: Loneliness in the time of Covid-19, to share your experiences and learning with other organisations addressing loneliness and social isolation during the pandemic.

Speakers will be exploring how to support individuals who are experiencing loneliness as a consequence of, or compounded by bereavement.

The workshop will be an opportunity to hear insights from experts from Cruse Bereavement Care and St Christopher's Hospice.

Learning will also be shared from organisations working to deliver practical support through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Information on how to join will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting.

Find out more and register here

Support session for Chaplains
Drop in session
7pm Tuesday 6th April 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. Email Jane for the zoom link: jane@cambsworkplacechaplaincy.org.uk 

'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.'
 
Multifaith Prayer Diary - April 2021
Prayer Diary - April 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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