Welcome to our June 2022 newsletter.

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

Our Prayer Diary can be found on our website here.

In this months newsletter...


For all without exception

By Jane Thompson, CWC

I've recently been at a couple of events with CWC that I think shows the huge breadth that supporting others at work covers. Supporting someone at work can cover so many areas and often practical 'training' spring to mind instantly. But if we said 'Supporting someone in life' the enormity (and power) of this statement is clear.

Workplace Chaplains have to keep an open mind and a commitment to embrace all types of people, beliefs, conversations and challenges. I recently read a description of 'For all without exception' when reading an article about different types of chaplaincy and I really like this phrase.

The title of the article I read really caught my attention because if we called Workplace Chaplains 'Emergency Services for the Soul' it would explain how crucial the role can be sometimes.

Of course, many Workplace Chaplains would say this is too strong a description and it does of course depend on the industry, but how do we know the impact of our listening ear, or our support? We often don't know how our words or actions can guide or heal, and it is something to remember for all of us (chaplains and non-chaplains!)

However, in this article I read about a 'non-religious pastoral carer' and the person in question (appointed by Humanists UK who were looking for people to provide support to people from a non-religious perspective) described chaplaincy as 'in the moment' and I summarise this sentiment below:

It’s not counselling – I don’t grapple with people’s pasts
It's not coaching - I'm not focusing on the future all the time
My role is about the present: walking alongside someone, briefly, and helping them stay upright and balanced.

Are you helping others to stay upright and balanced? Are you walking alongside them?

Read more here


Tea, coffee and chat! At last!

Join us - 14th July at 5:30pm, Arthur Rank Conference Centre

We last had a networking session October 2019 so we are very pleased to offer a networking session again. CWC Trustees will be there and we hope some of our Chaplains and supporters can call by for a chat over a cuppa.

Please register below your attendance so we can cater for the right about of people coming. Thank you.
Register for Networking Event


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


It’s all in the mind…

How you’re feeling day-to-day is probably a bit like being on a rollercoaster…and you don’t know when the ride finishes! During the pandemic… so many things have changed (or keep changing) and that naturally affects how we’re feeling.

We have a range of practical tips and resources for you to look at on the Workplace Wellbeing Hub, as well as links to other organisations if you need some specific support or maybe some information for a loved one or colleague.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Thursday 16th June 11am, online

Our next webinar in the series in partnership with Healthy Workplaces will feature guest speakers from Red2Green and Hidden Capacities.

These online events are aimed at increasing the knowledge of managers, team leaders and employers whilst helping them build their own resilience and passing this learning on in the workplace.

Register via the Healthy Workplaces 'Book When' system by clicking here and select the event on right hand side 'Resilience for the mind, body, soul and purse'.
After clicking select, click 'view selection' then click 'book now'
Enter password Qwerty10 then Enter your details. Alternatively email the organiser to book your place.

About this event
Wesley House will host a symposium on how churches and other institutions wrestle with the legacy of slavery and colonialism. How might we shape communal memory in order to take responsibility for the past while pursuing a more just future?

The programme will include a keynote conversation, presentations on Methodism and the fight for justice, and a chance for group reflection on the challenges we face. The programme will be held in person, and participants are invited to join us for an Open House on the second day.
Spiritual news far and wide...

Research into contribution of faith groups during the pandemic: 
Spurgeon’s College, a theological college for Baptist ministers and church leaders, has initiated a campaign to record the valuable contribution of faith groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The results will be submitted to the British Library as an official record.  The research form can be completed at


NATRE Spirited Arts competition

The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE)’s annual Spirited Arts competition is open for entries until 31 July. This year NATRE is partnering with the Jo Cox Foundation and the theme is ‘We have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.’  For full details of the competition, visit

Dates for Special Weeks, Days and Months taking place throughout the year

The Big Lunch this year is an official part of HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June. Across the years millions of people from different backgrounds have joined together to take part through street parties, BBQs, iftars and picnics. It is on 5 June.

Thank You Day takes place on Sunday 5 June. It is a UK-wide initiative inviting people to get together to say thank you to one another, to family members, key workers, good neighbours and volunteers.  It has a particular link to the pandemic and how people have responded. This year it will encourage people to say thank you to Her Majesty The Queen as well as to one another.

Refugee Week will take place from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 June. Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.  The theme for the 2022 Week is ‘Healing’.

The Great Get Together, inspired by the late Jo Cox MP, is taking place from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June.

Woolf Institute Summer School

Applications are open for the Woolf Institute Summer School.  This aims to “increase tolerance and interdependence through the design of a curriculum and a learning environment conducive to academic study and fostering understanding of the diversity of beliefs, attitudes and perspectives” and the curriculum will include an interdisciplinary approach to the study of interreligious and interfaith relations.  For more information, visit

Cambridge Interfaith Programme Summer School

Applications are now open for the Cambridge Interfaith Programme 2022 Academic Summer School. The Summer School will run from 4 July to 15 July, with online timetabled sessions supplemented by unscheduled activities for participants to complete independently. There is a bursary scheme available.  For more information, visit

CST Safe Webinars on security for places of worship and faith communities

The Community Security Trust Safe programme is offering a series of webinars on many aspects of security, intended for places of worship and faith communities.  For more information, visit


Connect and Chat - 
Drop in session
Tuesday 7th June 7pm 2022

Supporting everyone including you

All are welcome to join our informal drop-in session:
  • Share views about how chaplaincy is changing
  • How you are managing and the strategies you've developed?
  • Support for those who are having difficult times in this role
The rewards:
  • Anonymous reflections on when you know you've made a positive difference
  • The Broader Picture
  • The Future
  • Supporting everyone including you 

Topic: Connect and Chat - drop in session for Chaplains
Time: Jun 7, 2022 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 880 3649 9285
Passcode: 079781


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 August 2022
30 November 2022

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