Initially I perceived the Chaplaincy to be about religious beliefs, now I have a full understanding of the work that they do, and appreciate the added value that they bring to people's lives within the Bluewater community.
Chair of Bluewater Retail Partnership 2004
The chaplaincy service at Bluewater is something that is fairly unique in my experience and certainly
adds some value to our life working in a shop ....... the chaplaincy service provides an opportunity for
individuals on the shop floor and for managers as a sounding board for various current issues ......
The chaplaincy service has given a number of contributions towards our community here, both in the branch
and the centre ..... Where it has particularly come into its own at the branch here is where there have been
particularly difficult circumstances with individuals sometimes on a one to one basis or part of a team.
Managing Director - John Lewis, Bluewater
General Manager Bluewater 2002 - 2005
We employ around 300 colleagues and one of the things the Chaplaincy Service offers is someone who comes into the store on a regular basis and is able to talk to colleagues, and it gives them an opportunity to discuss some issues that may be on their minds ... a lot of our colleagues have used this service ... I think it is a great added facility ... I've certainly see it as a benefit and we make sure that when we induct new colleagues we make them aware that there is that support available.
Manager of Boot