Who we are and what we do ..…
Working on a retail park such as Middlebrook can be very demanding as staff deal with the pressures of meeting targets and deadlines; making profits; dealing with customer’s issues; as well as the stresses of personal and family matters.
The Middlebrook Angels Retail Chaplaincy are a dedicated team of volunteers who visit shops, restaurants and other 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 at Middlebrook, 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 independant, confidential listening ear not directly linked to work or family, 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. At times during the year we organize events at Middlebrook such as carol singing, children’s craft activities and treasure trails in order to support staff by increasing footfall.
…. to pray
We are able to pray privately for individuals and we regularly join with the faith communities in Horwich to pray for people and situations locally, nationally and worldwide.
The chaplaincy works under the banner of the Greater Manchester Industrial Mission (GMIM-charity no 1091274), in partnership with Churches Together in Horwich & Rivington, and The Middlebrook Management Team, and is funded by a Manchester Diocesan Main Mission Development Grant. 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 encourage understanding and respect between people of all faiths and none.
We also support events and celebrations at Middlebrook organised the The Middlebrook Management Team, the shops and businesses, or charities, including the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’; the Armistice Day Service and Poppy Appeal; the Bolton Lions’ Toy Appeal; the Samaritans’ Purse Shoebox Appeal; and Family, Faith, Football events at BWFC.
Individual, confidential support
If you work at Middlebrook and would like to arrange a time to speak privately to a member of our team please don’t hesitate to contact our office on
07500 928573 or 07789 835230