Preparing for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The new GDPR Data Protection rules come into play  from 25 May 2018.

The  General Data Protection Regulation marks a shake up to data protection legislation and addresses the advances in the electronic world since the Data Protection Act came into force in the UK.  Although the main principles will remain the same, GDPR will totally repeal the DPA and enhances the protections.

At the heart of GDPR is the ethos of ‘Privacy by Design’ which in itself will entail maintaining records of personal data and processing activities and obtaining explicit consent to process data in many more cases. 

Data protection and an individual’s privacy is to be at the core of all new data processing activities. The new Regulations make  ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ key principles and the punishments for breaching the regulations have been considerably increased.

WCM UK has issued general guidance to its members about the new regulations and actions to take. Available here.

Further advice about GDPR for church organisations is available from the Church of England and the Methodist Church

New Trustees and Constitution for WCM UK at AGM

WCM UK will be voting on a new constitution for the charity and electing new Trustees at its Annual General Meeting on 25 June at 8:15pm.

The meeting agenda includes a report and accounts for 2017, and vote on a new constitution, which finalises the change of name of the charity to ‘Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK’.

The new constitution is available here. The existing constitution (from 2006) is available here

People seeking election as new Trustees are Matthew Reed (Methodist Chaplaincy Development Officer) and Fiona Stewart-Darling (Canary Wharf Chaplaincy). Trustees seeking re-election are: Peter Sellick (Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull), Dick Johnson (Faith at Work Worcestershire), Phillip Jones (Stoke on Trent), Olwen Smith (Chaplaincy for Banbury) and Angela Overton-Benge (Cumbria).

Since this is a re-scheduled AGM, if there is not the required quorum, then the AGM can proceed with the actual number of members present.

Workplace Chaplaincy National Conference – Places filling up


Limited number of places left at our National Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK Conference 2018. BOOK NOW.

Monday 25 June 1pm – Tuesday 26 June 2pm

The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU

Speakers include:

Warren Evans – CEO Sports Chaplaincy UK
Alan Hawkins – CEO BIRA
Manager – Marks and Spencer

Workshops, worship and sharing together.

North Wales Multi Faith Chaplaincy Networking Day 30 May

Wrexham Glyndwr University Chaplaincy is organising a free Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Networking Day in collaboration with the chaplaincy at HMP Berwyn – the first event of its kind in the region.

Keynote speakers:

  • Ben Ryan (of the faith -based thinktank ‘Theos’, author of ‘Chaplaincy: A Very Modern Ministry’,)
  • Dr Karen Washington-Dyer, Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Glyndŵr:  ‘Faith and Fear’, or how faith helps us to cope with uncertainty in today’s ever-changing world.

Q&A session focusing on practical details of caring sensitively for those from a variety of faith backgrounds – the panel will include representatives from a wide range of world faiths – and a range of workshops:

Spaces: Rev Alan Pierce-Jones, Lead Chaplsin at HMP Berwyn, on setting up and using multi-faith spaces

Sport: James Wallace of Chester Unicersity Chaplaincy on using sport to build bridges in chaplaincy

Silence: Paul Jeorrett, Quaker Chaplain at Glyndwr on use of silence in multi-faith Chaplaincy

Sadness and Celebration: Marking rites-of-passage in a multi-faith setting (Humanist Chaplain)

See for full details, and to book.

VACANCY Canary Wharf Retail Chaplaincy


The Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy is seeking applications for a new and exciting post as Team Leader of the Retail Chaplaincy team.

We are looking for someone to join this unique Multifaith Chaplaincy team working on the Canary Wharf Estate, who will recruit, train and manage a team of volunteers to provide friendly support and care, through regular visiting.

There are five retail malls on the Canary Wharf Estate, with over 300 shops, cafes and restaurants making it the fourth largest shopping destination within the M25 after Brent Cross.

The post is for 3 days a week. The successful candidate must have a minimum of three years’ chaplaincy experience, and be self-motivated. The salary is £39,200 pro rata.

Job Description and Information here.

Further information please contact: Jane Tappenden, Office Manager Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy,, 020 7418 2444.

If you would like to discuss the post with the Lead Chaplain, please let Jane know and she will organise a time for this.

Closing date: Friday 16th March 2018

Reflective Weekend for Christians in Secular Ministry

Reflective Weekend for Christians in Secular Ministry     Feb 23-25

CHRISM –  CHRistians In Secular Ministry – are organising a weekend of peace and reflection at Holland House, near Evesham. For Members and Non-members of CHRISM.

Tent-pitching God : Tent-dwelling people

Exploring Exodus and John’s Gospel

led by Revd. Dr. Rosalind Selby,

URC Minister and Principal of the Northern College, Manchester.

Booking Information available here


Refreshing Chaplaincy : Changing Economy

Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK will be holding its 2018 National Conference 25-26 June.

A chance for workplace chaplains to refresh themselves as members of God’s team of ‘change-makers’ in the Economy. 

Coming together to learn to how to use Chaplaincy as a Refreshment itself for workers going through change.

In a Brexit UK, work is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Workplace Chaplains can help!

Chaplaincy Summer School with Methodist Church

Chaplaincy Summer School

30 July – 3 August 2018

Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Sheffield S32 3XG

Exploring Chaplaincy – An opportunity to learn about contemporary chaplaincy principles and practices for all varieties of chaplaincy, while exploring a vocation for this vital ministry. The course will look at a variety of contexts for chaplaincy, including new ways of working, as well as identifying the central themes which can make this ministry so significant for churches seeking mission beyond its walls.

The course is ideal for anyone, lay or ordained, thinking of getting involved in chaplaincy at any level, as well as those who are already active.

Booking and more information from the Cliff College website