Welcome to our April 2022 newsletter.

Please note our next Connect and Chat for Chaplains and volunteer counsellors will be in February on Tuesday 3rd May at 7pm (link below).

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.

In this months newsletter:


Seriously Troubling Times

By Alastair Reid, Chair, CWC

Life is always unpredictable but there are elements of stability which we rely on and make our lives that bit more manageable.

It is hardly a surprise that the situation in Ukraine would have far reaching effects. We've experienced the immediate effects on fuel, we are now beginning to see further ramifications of shortages. There are impacts on our basics such as wheat, we import 25% of our requirements from Ukraine and we are seeing shortages of other categories such as vegetable oil.  

It's also not a surprise about the general increase in prices. In this mix we are all aware of the impact of the huge, not gradual, leap in home energy costs. For some these changes can be budgeted for and accommodated for by adjustments in discretionary spending. This still has an impact on the wider economy as it results, in the main, in reduced spending in other areas, which affects businesses and consequently, employment. 

There are many and I think its the majority of individuals and families who do not have the resources to manage these increases in this way. My family were poor, there was always food but we all knew that money was extremely tight and it wasn't unusual to hear that the housekeeping for the week had been used up by Thursday. We managed. Later in life I developed health problems which meant I couldn't work productively and my business folded. Fortunately my wife was working and we managed. This latter event was an eye opener in many ways, but it was particularly in the realisation of the stress my parents must have been under in the early years of our family. 

It seems our politicians have no conception of the way most people manage financially. It also appears they have no idea of the effects of sudden and/or rapid cost increases. They again appear not to have any idea of what its like to have to choose between cooking, heating, buying food, paying the rent, mortgage, credit cards etc. And, with the real possibility of homelessness persistently looming despite best efforts and application for some. 

Despite popular myth, most people want to work. Most people want a little enjoyment from life and a small financial buffer to allow some modest discretionary spending and work hard to achieve these. 

My personal impression was that the UK economy was in fairly robust shape despite Covid and exiting the EU. My impression now is that the economy is now much more fragile. The effect on the majority of businesses, regardless of sector is becoming noticeable. As said this will affect existing jobs and impact on future job growth. The consequent stress on employees, owners, directors will range from noticeable to very significant. There will be impacts on physical and mental health. More, again as said, will find it hard to maintain rents, mortgages and other financial commitments. 

Workplace Chaplains will be needed more than ever.


Meeting the pastoral and spiritual needs of the workplace across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough”
Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy (Charity Reg’n No. 1175654) aims to support chaplains in places of employment throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and has been operating successfully for the last 5 years reaching out and helping chaplains and others in both public and private sectors.
We now have vacancies for two Trustees to help us shape future strategy and policies; and applications are sought from experienced and enthusiastic individuals who would be committed to the aims of CWC.
There are no specified formal qualifications for these posts, and although having chaplaincy experience would clearly help, other applicants could well have knowledge of and sympathy with chaplaincy work through their own experience and commitment.
These posts are voluntary and unpaid, in accordance with Charity Commission rules, but the time commitment is not onerous as we have 4 or 5 hour long meetings per year, and for the last two years during the pandemic, meetings have been held via Zoom. At the moment there no plans to meet in person as the Zoom meetings have been surprisingly successful.
If you are curious to know more, please look up our website:  where you can access a range of leader articles relevant to the role of chaplaincy today. To express an interest or to explore further please contact: and Jane Thompson will be able to send further material on what we currently do to try to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the workplace, and also to facilitate any applications for the posts of Trustee.

Workplace Wellbeing Hub


Looking for spiritual inspiration?
Always wanted to find out more?
On the Workplace Wellbeing Hub we have organisations and links giving you further details on a range of spirituality topics and different faiths and belief.


Mental wellbeing for all ages - Wednesday 18th May | 12:30 - 13:30

(Online, organised by ChaplaincyPlus)

Join guest facilitator SUE NOYES who will be unpacking how mental wellbeing is important at each and every stage of our lives; and how can we make sure that we protect and nurture it as we go through our life's journey?

Having a family - relationship changes - being part of the 'sandwich generation' with children and ageing parents - and preparing for retirement - all of these and more can have an impact on our mental wellbeing.

This May Forum will focus on how as we as Wellbeing Champions can support those around us in our workplace as they go through some of these key changes and the impact that might have on their wellbeing; and we'll explore some potential strategies to help how we can support those who are navigating these changes.

Read more and book online here

Connect and Chat
Drop in session
Tuesday 3rd May 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: May 3, 2022 07:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 880 3649 9285
Passcode: 079781
Next FREE ONLINE Mini Conference from Workplace Chaplaincy Mission will be held in partnership with Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy.

Wednesday 4th May, 2:00pm -3:30pm. FREE to attend (donation of £5 welcome but not essential).

Resilience: adapting to life and moving forwards. For workplace chaplains and anyone else interested.
Find out more and register here.

Chaplaincy in and after COVID
Chaplaincy Online Symposium

Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy
and the Cambridge Theological Federation
present a FREE online symposium:

Thursday 19th May 2022 10am-1pm

Free to attend

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.

Join this event and share your experiences, outline any particular stresses you are experiencing and share any difficulties and pressures. We'll also be able to share ideas and lessons learned for the future. We're sure that coming together and discussing will help us all process and understand recent challenges and motivate us for the future.

To register for this event please click the button below to book via Eventbrite:
Register for Symposium (19th May 10am-1pm)

Resilience – Remaining Rooted and Grounded

The Christian Coach Mentor Network recently ran a great article on resilience that Caroline Hutchings wrote and shared with us.

Giving people techniques and exercises that can help them resist the times of battering, anxiety and stress only helps to build up their self-actualisation and awareness that they can be resilient.
Read: Resilience - Remaining Rooted and Grounded


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 call Alastair Reid to discuss the role further 07966 217826.

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:
31 May 2022
31 August 2022
30 November 2022

For more information please see our website here 
Prayer Diary: May 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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