Welcome to our December newsletter.
Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.

This months newsletter features:
  1. The Past is a Different Place
  2. News from around Cambridgeshire
  3. CWC Listening Service
  4. Be Kind to Your Mind
  5. Chaplains Support each other
  6. Support for Chaplains
  7. Prayer Diary December 2020

The Past is a Different Place


Today, as November ends and December begins, across the UK the numbers of people affected by COVID19 have been rising dramatically. Even now, we are hoping the recent lockdown may have slowed the spread of the virus. While the emergence of possible vaccines is giving us some cautious reason for optimism, we know that it will be a long time before we are out of the woods. The situation in Cambridgeshire is a microcosm of the national picture.

We’ve heard about the different areas of life in our county: hospitals – especially intensive care units – in danger of being overwhelmed; schools constantly having to reorganise their ways of working; some businesses facing imminent insolvency or bankruptcy with employees being made redundant whilst others are so busy that they don’t have time to think; prisoners being locked up almost around the clock; police officers trying to understand and implement frequently changing regulations; and local government officials battling with ever increasing demands on rapidly dwindling resources. And there will be others known to each one of us.

Although the present circumstances are unprecedented in our recent history, it is times of stress and trauma that underline the need for someone who can be ‘present’ for those who are struggling with the pressures of life; someone who can offer listening ears and words of encouragement and guidance. And that, surely, is what the ministry of chaplaincy has always been about?

How can those who are chaplains fulfil that ministry when the pressures on host organisations are so great, and not just financial pressures, although those will be a factor. There are so many challenges for chaplains who want to walk alongside those in the various workplaces where they have a role. But it is not something that is easy to do at the moment, when people have to socially distance and wear masks that muffle their voices. You can’t have a confidential discussion with someone when you have to shout through a face covering to someone who is six feet away.
It seems as though the pressure on government to ‘move things on’ has been amplified because of the desire to be able to celebrate Christmas in some sort of traditional fashion. But, deep down, probably most of us realise that there will be no return to that which was there before. In the notable opening words of (one-time Peterborough resident) L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between: ‘The past is a different country: they do things differently there.’ The normal in future is going to be very different to the way it was.

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News from around Cambridgeshire

Support session for HR Professionals 

CWC is organising two support calls for HR Professionals - a group who are often overlooked group during this pandemic.

Following a discussion about an event for HR professionals, CWC volunteer and Interfaith Minister Louise de Caux suggested a session where this group can offload and seek support whilst learning more about how a Chaplain can support their organisation. As a former HR Manager, Louise is very aware of the pressures HR staff are under as they seek to reassure staff, prepare for their safe return to work, deal with furloughed staff and redundancies, not to mention upcoming issues around Brexit!

If you're an HR professional or a chaplain keen to be involved please email Jane

The two dates are booked for:
7:30pm on 10th December
12:30pm on 17th December.
How to do Christmas in Lockdown

The Church of England offer different webinars to help you adapt this coming Christmas. Topics include how to involve your community, adapting to activities outside and even has downloadable craft activities and a nativity puppet show for younger members to enjoy. Why not see what you can use or pass on to your local church or community? 

Find out more »

Home should be a safe place

A new charity has been set up in Peterborough to work with other agencies who specialize in domestic abuse. Living Keys will be running several courses in the New Year to help men and women overcome some of the trauma’s they face daily due to the effects of domestic abuse in their lives.

From 2nd January, LivingKeys will be running not only the Freedom Program, which is designed for women, but also further courses to help men and women overcome the trauma they have experienced.

Anyone who is interested in any of these courses, can visit 


Our service where you can reach a Multifaith Chaplain when needing emotional support is now an 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.

Be Kind to Your Mind

To compliment your faith or beliefs here are some useful websites and resources to nurture your mental health and wellbeing over the coming winter months.
Keep Your Head - Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Now We're Talking Cambridge and Peterborough: CWC is a referral partner for this service which is a campaign that encourages people to get talking to combat loneliness whilst self-isolating, and to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health.
  • Lifeline Plus – a mental health and wellbeing helpline for people aged 18 and over living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, is available Monday-Friday between 9am and 2pm via freephone 0808 808 2121
  • Lifecraft – 7 days a week – between 2pm and 11pm the same number is Lifeline, managed by Lifeline who provide support for those in mental health distress: 0808 808 2121.
  • Qwell – offers online counselling, wellbeing support and self-help resources for adults in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire  see
  • Young people can also visit
  • CPSL Mind Good Mood Cafe - CPSL Mind have teamed up with community cafes across the county to run weekly Good Mood Cafes which have also been online when physical meet ups have not been possible. These informal ‘get togethers’ are designed to connect individuals to other like-minded people within their communities; offer wellbeing support and share interests and skills. It’s OK not to be OK, so you don’t have to be in a good mood to come along to our Good Mood Cafe – but we hope everyone will leave the Good Mood Cafes feeling better than when they arrived. Get in touch to find out online/physical locations and times: Tel: 0300 303 4363 or email
  • Illuminate Charity - Get a taste of the Illuminate approach in our online lunchtime workshops to help you manage these uncertain times by building your resilience, both at work and at home. They are open to anyone, employed, furloughed or unemployed enjoy an hour's learning and discussion.
  • Cambridge Community Arts - Improving mental health with creativity. CCA offer short and long courses in both Fenland areas and Cambridge city as well as on;ine courses in a range of art disciplines.
  • Action for Happiness - with events, advice, resources, facts and lots of ideas, there is so much to read and implement into your life via this website, one little step at a time

Chaplains support each other at CWC drop-in event

CWC's mission means we seek to support the ongoing wellbeing, support and training of Chaplains across Cambridgeshire. 

Recently we decided to offer a support session for all Chaplains as a drop-in session on the first Tuesday of every month to support each other and have chance to offload.

Discussions have shown that operating at a chaplain at the moment is challenging due to physical restrictions but it does open the mind to future ideas of how to engage with people both offline and online and how to be a listening ear in different ways.

If you're a workplace chaplain you can join the support call Tuesday 1st December 7pm then the first one of 2021 will be Tuesday 5th January. Email Jane for more information.

Support for Chaplains

FREE mental health awareness webinar for Chaplains from our friends at CPSL Mind. We're pleased to offer a free webinar that explains mild to moderate mental health conditions along with tools to help someone develop a wellbeing plan. If you would like to access this webinar please email Jane via

JANUARY 2021: STOP Suicide training webinar for workplace Chaplains - CWC are organising a specialised training for chaplains which will be a FREE 3 hour live webinar with a facilitator from CPSL Mind. If you are interested in attending please register your interest and we will then organise a date to run this webinar. Places are limited with a maximum of 15 attendees. To access this webinar please email Jane via

Reminder that our Bursary Scheme is open to workplace chaplains operating in Cambridgeshire with the first 2021 closing date for applications being 30th January.

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
Prayer Diary - December 2020
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