Thames Valley Police Chaplaincy National Inclusion Week 2020 Thoughts

Thames Valley Police Chaplaincy National Inclusion Week 2020 Thoughts

Lead Chaplain Helen Arnold Writes

During Covid restrictions, how to keep everyone feeling included has been at the forefront of our thinking. However much we like our pyjamas, working from home can be very isolating, as well as difficult for many practical reasons. At a time when people have needed more support and reassurance, when they are cut off at home for whatever reason, the rising anxiety about the state of the world, illness and unemployment, chaplains are still available to provide that listening ear even if not face to face. While unable to visit at stations in our usual way, we stay in touch through phone calls, and video-link with individuals.

Chaplaincy offers support for your whole wellbeing including the spiritual. We hope to build trust through relationships, so that in times of stress or personal difficulty, people will feel able to talk to someone who understands. It is often at these times that people feel ‘ex-cluded’, or up a creek without a paddle, when they feel they can’t cope in the usual turmoil of life.

The chaplaincy we provide to you as police officers and staff, as well as families on occasion, works hard to be inclusive. We respect people from all walks of life with different experiences and backgrounds, we aim to be non-judgemental and good listeners. We are so very fortunate that we have 6 faiths represented among our team of 30 volunteer chaplains; Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Pagan. We share experiences and knowledge, which I think is what inclusion is all about. Understanding grows.

You may be aware we introduced ‘Fish on Fridays’; a weekly thought-for-the-day dial-in to help people to feel that they are still connected, whether at home or working in offices but distanced.

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Tributes To PC Andrew Harper

Tributes To PC Andrew Harper


At this time the thoughts and prayers of the nation are with PC Andrew Harper’s family and we here at Police Chaplaincy UK are no different.

Thank you to all the chaplains across the country who are supporting officers and staff at this time, especially the chaplaincy team in Thames Valley Police. Click here to see a video of the Thames Valley Tribute.

TVP Tribute

Lissie Harper has released a tribute to her husband. Please click on the link below to see this.

Tribute to Andrew Harper

 

Andrew will be remembered at The National Police Memorial Day Sunday on 29th September 2019 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

 


We also remember and give thanks for the life of Mr Simon Prince, QPM, a former Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police and supporter and advocate of Police Chaplaincy. We thank God for Simon's life, service and commitment and especially support of and for Police Chaplaincy, including helping secure the post of a National Police Chaplain. We are also mindful of his wife and family whom we hold in our prayers.

Taken from Facebook - Tribute to Mr Simon Prince QPM

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “It is with great sadness that we receive the news of Mr Simon Prince’s death. Mr Prince served with Dyfed-Powys as Chief Constable between 2013 and 2016 having previously served for 22 years with Gwent Police. He was a well-respected, fair and supportive Chief Constable who led the force through some significant changes and maintained the forces position as one of the safest places in England and Wales. I will be writing to Mr Prince’s family to send them condolences on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police and the force flag at Headquarters is being flown at half-mast in remembrance of Mr Prince.”

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