Motivated by Christian ethos and values, the new charity will fill a gap created by the demise of the South Yorkshire Workplace chaplaincy last year. There is a strong heritage of Chaplaincy in South Yorkshire since its inception in Sheffield in the 1940s. Since that time the face of South Yorkshire has changed dramatically. Many of the old steel and engineering companies have gone, replaced by a growing digital sector, sports facilities, retail, office developments and service industries.
In this environment, the need for workplace support, providing pastoral, well-being and care through service and a listening framework, offered to people regardless of their faith, or none, remains as strong as ever.
The South Yorkshire Workplace Chaplaincy was a strong feature of life in the Sheffield steelworks during my time at Sheffield Forgemasters and indeed in my previous roles at British Steel and Corus. Its demise is a loss at a time when the industry continue to face an uncertain future. Hence, I view its replacement by a new service as a very welcome development and one which I expect a number of our employees, of whatever faith or indeed of no faith, may find reassuring.
Tony Pedder, Chair Sheffield Forgemasters, Chair Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Conceived by Sheffield Forgemaster’s former director Peter Birtles and current chairman, Tony Pedder, South Yorkshire Chaplaincy & Listening will build on existing services – Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy and Sheffield Listening Services – and be available to everyone in the workplace, irrespective of their faith.
A new chaplaincy and listening service for people in workplaces across the South Yorkshire region, offering visits to workplaces, bespoke listening services and tailor made support for employees.