What is a Chaplain...

Introducing the Chaplain

Alison Finch

I began my appointment as the Colchester Workplace Chaplain in May 2005, established with the support of Essex Churches Council for Industry and Commerce. I came to the post after 14 years experience in the Church, both as a vicar and Industrial Chaplain. Prior to ordination I was an Administrator and Finance Officer for a large charity. I was one of the first women priests in England in 1994.

Since moving to Colchester I have begun to meet and work alongside various groups, retailers and organisations. I am also the town’s Police Chaplain.

Part of my role is to develop a team of Chaplains within the town centre.

I look forward to meeting you.

The Chaplaincy is supported by:
Essex Churches Council for Industry & Commerce

Colchester Deanery

Support when needed

The work place

Most of us spend the greater part of our day at work. The work we do, shapes our lives and develops us as human beings. In work, we look for a sense of belonging, we expect our work to provide a sense of purpose and involvement with others.

Sometimes work creates stress. The Chaplaincy can help.

How we work

We are available to visit people in their workplace, or by an appointment outside their working hours.

A listening ear

You can talk to us about personal problems, your family, or work-related issues. We provide an independent listening ear. Where agreed we can refer people to existing professional bodies.

Liaison & Advocacy

Where invited, the Chaplaincy can be used to support staff, in areas of liaison & advocacy, particularly in times of change and crisis.