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Welcome to Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy

Working in Bolton Town Centre can, at times, be very demanding as staff deal with the pressures of meeting targets and deadlines; making profits; dealing with customer’s issues; as well as coping with  the stresses of  personal and family matters.

Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy is a workplace chaplaincy, based at The Hub on Bold Street. We have a dedicated team of volunteer chaplains who visit town centre shops, offices and businesses on a regular basis.  Our aim is to provide a listening ear to those who work there so that  they have someone who they can talk to, who will get alongside them and help share their burdens.

The chaplaincy service is free, and is  available to anyone working in Bolton Town Centre,  of all faiths and none, regardless of age, gender, sexuality or race.

Our chaplains offer support by being available ….

..to listen

Day-to-day life can be very stressful both at work and at home. Having someone to talk to in confidence can make a difference. We are an independent,  confidential listening ear and we can talk through problems, dilemmas and life choices with you. You may see us as impartial friends seeking to work alongside you to support and encourage you in your daily life.

…to help

During the more difficult moments of life such as  bereavement, relationship breakdown, illness etc. we are here to help. We are not a counselling service but, where agreed, can signpost people to professional bodies such as carers’ support, welfare rights, counsellng services, addiction support groups, health and well-being support, job clubs, debt advice, faith groups, workplace training, redundancy support etc

At  times during the year we organise events in the various shopping areas in the town  centre such as carol singing and children’s activities in order to support staff by increasing footfall. And, on occasions, we assist shop and businesses with their own events.

… to pray

We are  able to pray  privately  for individuals and we regularly  join with the faith communities in Bolton to pray for people and situations locally, nationally and worldwide.

We work in partnership with a range of other agencies

The chaplaincy works under the banner of the Greater Manchester Industrial   Mission (GMIM– charity no: 1091274), in partnership with Bolton Christian Community Cohesion, and is funded by all main church denominations and local trust funds.The team receives training and support from GMIM and is part of a network that visits many workplaces and town centres across the  country.

We are a multifaith chaplaincy working closely with the ‘Christians Together in Bolton Town Centre’, Bolton Interfaith Council and representatives from the Muslim, Hindu and other faith communities. We encourage understanding and respect between people of all faiths and none.

The Chaplaincy supports events and celebrations within the town centre such as the Remembrance  Sunday  civic event , Bolton Food Festival, Bolton Iron Man and the Winter Festival.

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