What we do:
The City Centre Chaplains visit staff who work in the city at the workplace, in shops, offices and other organisations. We build friendships, listen, and support people. Chaplaincy is free of charge to receiving organisations, and confidential. We serve people of any background or faith.
How we do it:
We have time to listen. People can talk about personal things, family concerns or work-related issues. We are not employees of any business in the city so we can provide an independent listening ear. We complement other welfare and counselling agencies.
Where we do it:
The chaplaincy team, led by Debbie Veel, the City Centre Chaplain, currently has 14 members, from a variety of churches in and around Winchester. We visit staff in the many of the organisations operating in the city centre, including the City Council, the Law Courts, Debenhams, M&S and a host of smaller businesses.
The chaplaincy is an integral part of the City and has been since it was established in 2002. We work alongside other organisations such as Winchester City Council, the Civic Prayer Breakfast Team and the Winchester BID although we are independent of them. We are supported by local churches across all denominations and also by Churches Together in Winchester and are governed by a management team, comprised of representatives from our sponsoring churches. If you would like to see a diagram of our management structure,click here.
We are also members of wider chaplaincy organisations, such as the Alliance of Town & City Chaplaincies (ATCC) and Workplace Christian Mission Uk (WCMUK) and IBEX -The Churches working with the Economy.