"Every month between 6-12 people gather at the YMCA in North Staffordshire to pray together as part of chaplaincy mission established by Ministry at Work. In that process relationships are built, lives and challenges are shared and strength is grown by Gods great kindness and grace.
"As CEO of the YMCA I see this prayer as a fundamental investment into the future spiritual depth of the YMCA. As we establish this prayer space it becomes a resource available for all in the business community. The exciting outcome is that this simple and effective prayer space and easily be copied and established across the diocese.
Danny Flynn, Chief Exec YMCA North Staffordshire
Most working-age Christians spend far more time at their place of work than at Church. And it is in the workplace where the reality of our faith is most often tested - in the challenges of business and working practices and negotiating relationships with colleagues of other faiths and none.
The working world is continuously changing, but the Black Country still has a higher proportion of people employed in advanced manufacturing than any other area of the country. Much of the heavy industry of the past may have gone, but work has a vital place in the lives of the people of the area.
Drawing alongside people in their work expresses our faith that God is to be found in the creativity and the interactions of the workplace. Faith helps many people lead fulfilled and meaningful lives. Thats what guides the team as they seek to contribute to the sustainability and development of the area, seeing hope for the future, and encouraging people to play their part in realising it.
Mo Trudel, herself an entrepreneur as well as theologian, heads Ministry at Work, a chaplaincy supported by the Bishop of Stafford that works across all business sectors listening, supporting, encouraging and equipping people at their point of need. Situated in the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce building, Ministry at Work is centrally located to serve the business community of Staffordshire.
According to the charity MIND, in any given year one in six workers experience depression, anxiety or stress. This costs the UK economy 26 billion a year. In total 70 million working days are lost every year due to mental ill health, with 10 million working days directly caused by work-related problems. On average we spend 10.5 years of our lives at work its our aim to make those years happy and fulfilled.
Our chaplaincy team are here to journey along with you through the working week offering that confidential support which can often mean less time taken out of work. We are business people too, trained in pastoral ministry and able to understand the dynamics of the working environment and the ever elusive work-life balance!
We operate across a diverse range of age groups and nationalities, welcoming all, regardless of faith or no faith. Our involvement is tailored to the need of the business and individual concerned.
On average we spend 10.5 years of our lives at work so it is crucial that this time is spent as positively as possible. Workplace wellbeing has a strong link with increased productivity and job satisfaction. Therefore, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce is committed to supporting its members and the wider business community to embrace a healthy workforce.
By working with Ministry at Work, we are able to offer support to those who are in need or experiencing depression, anxiety or stress. People from all backgrounds and walks of life can confidentially speak with the ministry and the support is tailored to the need of the business or individual concerned.
Sara Williams, Staffordshire Chambers Chief Executive
The Revd Bill Mash
Canon Mo Trudel
Mo is the Director of Ministry at Work and completed her ministry training at St Johns College in 2012. She is an experienced Design Management Consultant and has worked with both public and private sector organisations over her 25 year career. A board member of the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, Mo is part of a wider Creative Industries programme. In 2012 Mo was appointed as the Bishop of Staffords Chaplain to Business.