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Adavu Aftercare Support for Adult Survivors of Modern Slavery Launched

Adavu, a Birmingham Methodist District Project, have launched a new Aftercare Support Project for adult survivors of modern slavery in the West Midlands. This project, funded by the Lloyds Foundation, enables Adavu to offer tailored long term support to adult survivors. Adavu Director, Deacon Kerry Scarlett, says

‘Government funded aftercare provides a minimum of 45 days accommodation and support for recognised victims of modern slavery. Many moving on from this support struggle to make the transition into life in an unfamiliar local community, and there are very few dedicated aftercare services across the country. There are also a significant number of adult survivors who do not access the government funded support for a variety of reasons; they too often fall between the gaps and struggle to find the right assistance.’

They are looking for volunteer Befrienders to support their clients.

More information here.

Vacancy – Ethical Money Churches Development Officer

Ethical Money Church Development Officer

for Ethical Money Churches in Birmingham & the Black Country Project

24 months (with possible extension), part time 3 days a week, working from home with easy access to the Birmingham and Wolverhampton area

Salary £23,000 (annual equivalent)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a unique project which is being delivered by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) in collaboration with the Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull & the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission.

The project will empower and resource local and regional worshipping communities in Birmingham & the Black Country. Its aim is to deepen congregations’ and communities’ understanding of faith and finance and to connect them with initiatives which bring greater financial resilience and empowerment to communities.

An understanding of political, social and economic issues and an ability to reflect upon them theologically is essential together with knowledge of the region’s established network of churches and associated organisations. Excellent communication skills with experience of engaging with churches and other worshipping communities both in writing and through public speaking is vital. Expertise in operating web sites and using social media is essential to the role.

To be successful you will need to show:

  • Creative thinking and commitment to working with faith communities to develop strategies in the good stewardship of assets and money for which they have responsibility
  • You are a team player with excellent networking and people skills
  • Self-motivation and be proactive with the ability to work under direction and on your own initiative, to prioritise work effectively and to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills, ability to relate to, inspire and co-ordinate a wide range of individuals and groups
  • The ability to work ecumenically and openness to work with people of other faiths.

For further information, Job Description and Application Form please go to:

This is an exciting role in a unique project and you will be relating to a number of teams made up of organisations and people who are committed to empowering & transforming communities.

December 2015 newsletter

Sorry about the delay – the website has been ‘down’ for a while but is now up and running again.  The newsletter for December 2015 is now uploaded and available to download.  Earlier newsletters can be found on our ‘newsletters’ page.  As usual there is a wide variety of articles including some stories from around the Chaplaincies, economics, and those memorable(?) Christmas TV adverts, to name a few.

LINK December 2015




Autumn Workplace Chaplaincy Training

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy:

Six Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30pm starting on 28th September2015 at 1 Colmore Row.


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This course is for people who are interested in voluntary workplace chaplaincy in one of the 15  existing workplace chaplaincy teams across Birmingham and Solihull or wanting to explore their own sense of call to chaplaincy.

The course covers an introduction to key skills and knowledge – listening to others, ‘being a guest’, making a difference, looking after yourself, understanding businesses etc – as well as reflecting on what chaplaincy means to churches and society. The programme involves input, exercises, discussion, a visit to see a Chaplaincy in action and some prayer and worship.

Most people who do the course have had some life experience in listening/caring, have belonged to a church for a few years, are interested in working with people outside of the usual boundaries of the church, and  are happy to work with other faiths. Participants on the course have previously come from a wide variety of churches, from Pentecostal to Roman Catholic, house churches to new monastic communities.

Could I be a workplace chaplain? – our leaflet introduces what chaplains do, why it is a growing ministry of the church and typical ground rules for Chaplains.

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull has teams of voluntary chaplains to businesses, enterprises and organisations across Birmingham and Solihull, with about 60 volunteers altogether. Our chaplaincies are in places like Birmingham and Solihull Shopping Centres, NEC Group, National Express Buses, Kings Heath High St, Birmingham City Council and the Fire Service. More general information about Chaplaincy is available on our ‘Chaplaincy Fortnight’ page.

The trainers will be Peter Sellick and Elaine Hutchinson. Peter Sellick is currently a chaplain with Birmingham City Council, and has previously done chaplaincies to small businesses, manufacturing and Police for over 15 years. Elaine Hutchinson is the lead chaplain for Retail Chaplains in Birmingham City Centre and is a Chaplain at the Bullring Shopping Centre.  Elaine is also a URC Minister, and Peter is an Anglican Minister.

The course is an opportunity for participants to learn about the key chaplaincy ways of working, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. The course is not a commitment or a guarantee to proceed into workplace chaplaincy: that subsequent decision is for further discernment at the end of the course. The vast majority of chaplaincy positions in workplaces are unpaid. Other chaplaincy areas – eg Hospital / Healthcare, Education, Prison etc have their own specific training courses and requirements.

Previous course participants have said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

There is a charge of £20 to cover the cost of course materials.

For more information please click here: INTRODUCTION TO WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY Autumn 2015

To join the course please contact for a Registration Form.

CIGB’s newsletter for July 2015 is now available to download here. Articles include a report from our recent AGM when our speakers included Mike Murray from St Modwen and Shelley Phelan from Bournville College who spoke about the impact of Chaplaincy on the regeneration of Longbridge. Other articles include two very different stories from Chaplaincies, a reflection on the socio/economic impact of migrant workers and some different ideas for celebrating harvest.

LINK July 2015