We are so grateful for financial support given for our work...
Recently, both Abbey Hill URC in Kenilworth (£100) and the Warwick Quakers (£500) made significant donations towards Workcare.
This kindness and generosity is used to place chaplains within businesses throughout the region, helping people in their most difficult stages of life, through careful listening and gentle support.
Thank you to both for this.
The regional Baptist Association supports Workcare...
A further boost was received this week with the news that the Heart of England Baptist Association (HEBA) have agreed to fund Workcare for the next three years, totaling over £20,000.
Matt Jeffrey, Director of Workcare, expressed his thanks to HEBA for their generous contribution toward the important work of the charity;
"This is a wonderful offering from HEBA, that adds to the platform that we are seeking to build for the future of the charity, and the immensely important support that we provide to businesses and individuals in Warwickshire and the City of Coventry.
The generosity of the Mission Grants group is fantastic, and I speak on behalf of everyone associated with the charity in expressing our thanks. We are delighted that they recognised the tremendous level of support that we can provide to those in work through chaplaincy, and those out of work through the running of Workclubs"
The funds commence in January 2020 for an initial three year period until December 2022.
Local Methodists stand with us....
We were delighted this week to learn that the Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist circuit has agreed to provide monthly funding for Workcare for the next 3 years until September 2022 totalling £10,000.
This is the first piece of an important jigsaw helping to ensure the ongoing future of the charity, and we are extremely grateful for this generous support.
We currently have a number of applications being considered by ecumenical partners, and for our friends in the Methodist circuit to support us in this way is a real fillip, and shows their trust and belief in the charity. Thank you !
From July 2019, Rev'd Matt Jeffrey, a Baptist Minister and former trustee for a number of years with Workcare, commenced in the new role of Director of the charity.
"I am humbled to be appointed to this role, and having been involved as trustee with the charity, I fully believe that we are well placed to develop the 3 strands of our work; continued and new chaplaincy provision, along with an extension of the Work clubs that we operate
in the region, whilst being a voice to promote ethical workplaces and work justice.
We look forward to discovering new paths for the charity with this appointment, and wish Matt well.
With such a long history of working in the region since the 1940's, we have developed a trustworthy relationship with major employers such as Jaguar Land Rover and National Express in the region, whilst also working in smaller settings such as provision of this listening care for stall-holders of Nuneaton Market and Firefighters employed or
retained by West Midlands Fire Service and Warwickshire Fire Service.
The breadth and experience of our work enables us to provide an effective service of real care to business and industry, small, medium sized and large, as well as multi-nationals and blue-light services.
I also look forward to engaging with the ecumenical partners of the churches in the region, who support our work so effectively. We are poised to launch a greater level of care for those working and unemployed in the region, and will be looking to enthuse parishioners and members of churches throughout, such that they will be able to share in this important ministry, through listening and mirroring the love and concern of Jesus Christ."
BUSINESS EXPO MARCH 2019
We exhibited at the Chamber of Coventry and Warwickshire Trade Local Business Expo ion Friday 15 March 2019 and had a great response to our work - Thank you to the businesses who we were able to speak with, and who were so interested in receiving chaplaincy for their staff and locations. If, having read this, you might also be interested, please do get in touch and we would be happy to discuss how this might work best in your situation.
Sadly, recently we said goodbye to two of our friends. One a Trustee, Janet Walker-Thompson and one of our Chaplains, Captain Roger Horsley.
Roger reported to our AGM:
"Jaguar Land Rover, Gaydon Site: (2
mornings a week) I have a good year again at Gaydon visiting teams
to introduce myself and having one to one conversations with lots of JLR
colleagues, several of whom I have helped before over the years.
I have supported the Christian fellowship in their outreach events at Christmas and Easter as well as offering support to individual Christians in the company. I have supported the leader of the new Christian group at Aston Martin.
I have had an Ordinand on placement with me over six weeks. This was very useful to have an outside perspective on my Chaplaincy at JLR at Gaydon.
As I come to leave and retire from my role as Chaplain at JLR, I give thanks to God for all the amazing ways he has lead me, in what was a completely new ministry for me.
I want to thank both the Diocese of Coventry and Workcare for all their support in helping me in this role, I have loved it!"
A huge thank you to Roger for over 10 years as Chaplain at Gaydon and Wright Hassle Solicitors
Our Chair Barbara Johnson and Roger Horsley
Another Retirement was our Financial Officer and Trustee Janet Walker-Thompson. We are extremely grateful to Janet for all her time, expertise and encouragement in the time she was with Workcare.