Giving folk the chance to open up at work

The Rev Allan Webster
The Rev Allan Webster
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A CHRISTIAN charity currently operating in St Andrews is seeking volunteers as it looks to expand into Levenmouth and the East Neuk.

Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland provides pastoral and spiritual support at people’s workplaces, regardless of what position they hold in their company.

Its team of chaplains pre-arranges with local employers to visit workplaces, whether they be offices, factories or shops, and aims to get to know all the employees and lend an ear to talk about issues they may not be comfortable discussing with a colleague or family member.

The Rev Allan Webster, east of Scotland area organiser, works with staff and management at Morrison’s supermarket in St Andrews.

He explained: “Chaplains offer pastoral and spiritual support in the highs and lows of life and always in strictest confidence.

“I’ve been making chaplaincy visits once a week to the Morrison’s store in St Andrews and have been well received by the management team and the rest of the staff.

“It’s about being available as a listening ear to people in the work place, in confidence, supporting them in stressful times such as bereavement, family illness, relationship difficulties; and also in the good times of life.

“Some of our volunteers are clergy from various churches, but most are Christian lay people, with a background in retail, local government, or other business organisations.”

With work places such as Diageo, Sainsbury’s and BiFab, Mr Webster said there was a number of opportunities to expand the service in north east Fife.

For more information or to volunteer, email the Rev Allan Webster at allanwebster.wpcscotland@gmail.com or telephone 01307 464252. Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland offers its services to people in the work place, of all faiths or none.