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Statement by the Chair of GMIM

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GMIM Council Members

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Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy

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Ashton Retail Chaplaincy

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Oldham Town Centre Chaplaincy

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Middlebrook Retail Chaplaincy

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St Antony’s Centre for Church & Industry

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Bolton Christian Community Cohesion Project

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Manchester Airport Chaplaincy

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Greater Manchester Police Chaplaincy

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Financial Statement

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GMIM Council Statement By David Tomlinson, Chair I have just returned from a couple of weeks break firstly in Prague where the sun shone and temperatures were in the 30s and then to the Olympics. We were privileged to see two amazing events. Firstly the junior Halle Orchestra, 70 or so young folks from Greater Manchester playing Czech music in the Czech capital in a magnificent venue followed a few days later by watching two fantastic sessions of Athletics in a wonderful packed Olympic stadium where we saw young people from all over the world striving to win medals for their country.

WOW! What a spine tingling experience. A few weeks later back in dull rainy Bolton the media now hone in on the latest buzz word LEGACY! How to manage it how to deliver it, how do we analyse it! The legacy which the various projects GMIM are involved in is immeasurable, the everyday stories behind the reports this year and every year, largely remain unspoken and untellable. The constancy of God’s message of care and concern is managed and delivered daily 24/7 by chaplains and their co-workers with enthusiasm, professionalism and understanding. I salute and thank them on your behalf for their immense contribution. The WOW factor and spine tingling experience may not be quite the same as experiences at Prague and the Olympics but their legacy is assured through the continuing love of God’s message through his Son. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT AND PRAYERS

David Tomlinson David Tomlinson Chair of Council Greater Manchester Industrial Mission

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GMIM Council Members The following members have served on the Greater Manchester Industrial Mission Council during the year 2011/2012. The Council members are Trustees of the GMIM Trust. GMIM Council Members: Rev Dr Keith Davies

Chair, Manchester & Stockport Methodist District Representative from the Presidents of Greater Manchester Churches Together Mr David Tomlinson Rev Graham Kent Mr James Callaghan Mr Kevin Flanagan Rev Brian Tomkins Rev George Lane Rev John Piper Mr David Parkinson Rev Philip Brooks

Chair, GMIM Council GMCT Ecumenical Development Officer (Retired February 2012) Centre for Church & Industry Centre for Church and Industry Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy Manchester Airport Team (from September 2011) Oldham Town Centre Chaplaincy Middlebrook Chaplaincy Social Cohesion, Bolton

The Council meets quarterly to oversee the management of GMIM.

The Aims of GMIM “The advancement of the Christian religion among persons employed in industry and commerce within the Greater Manchester area by the provision of Industrial Chaplains and Lay Helpers.” “To work with people of other faiths and those of none in providing Chaplaincy Support Services and Community Projects to aid those engaged in economic life.” Office: GMIM c/o St Antony’s Centre, Eleventh Street, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1JF Tel: 0161 848 9173 Registered Charity No: 1091274 Sponsored and supported by all the major Christian denominations. A body in association with Greater Manchester Churches Together Greater Manchester Industrial Mission

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It’s been quite a year for the Bolton Chaplaincy ! By Rev Les Allmark I joined the Chaplaincy in April of last year, with my arm in a sling, having just undergone surgery on a shoulder injury; as I write this, I have my arm in a sling again, having undergone shoulder surgery. The original repair failed and I have had a replacement shoulder-joint fitted. So far, everything has gone well and I look forward to returning to full fitness. The year in between has been one of the most eventful I can remember. There has been Chaplaincy involvement in the Olympic Torch Relay and the “More Than Gold” Prayer Relay; we have had a Commissioning Service for all the Chaplains and have organised, and led an Easter Agape Service in conjunction with Christians Together in Bolton Town Centre.

Christina Guthrie (left) Chair of Bolton Christians Together and Mrs Allmark at Liverpool Cathedral with the “More Than Gold”

There have been public appearances at Civic Services and on the Town Hall Steps; we have put on Carol Services in the Open Market and in one of the shopping centres and we facilitated a major Christmas initiative in another. We have had a great deal of media interest in the work of the Chaplaincy, manly through radio but also with a mention on both BBC and Granada regional news programmes and have taken part in Interfaith events thanks to our close and valued relationship with Bolton Interfaith Council.

which now offer competitive prices on foods, clothing and electrical items. A planned new bus / rail interchange and changes to the open market are adding to the concerns of all who work in the retail economy in Bolton – concerns which they bring to the Chaplains who make regular visits to retail staff at all levels. Bolton’s preparations for The Olympics began before Christmas 2011. The Chaplaincy was invited into many of the Civic planning meetings with Council staff almost from the outset. The 0630 the following Council felt that they wanted morning with the some input from all of the Mayor as the flame leaves Bolton for different business and Liverpool. The community sectors at work in schools’ banner Bolton and that the Town reads “Ta’Ra from Centre Chaplaincy, working in Bolton” close partnership with Bolton Interfaith Council, provided a ready-made conduit for the ideas, information and input needed for the Olympic Torch Relay to be the successful showcase event that it was for Bolton.

Looking Ahead - It would be easy to sit back and

say that we have achieved most, if not all, of the objectives set out in this report last year, but that way leads to complacency. There are new areas of activity to cover, including building a Chaplaincy within the Town Hall itself and bringing in Anglican Ordinands who, as part of their training will The Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy has also now experience the work at first hand then, hopefully, been recognised as a training post for Anglican resource the work through their own congregations. Clergy wishing to complete a Sector Placement in the Town and, in October, we will be taking part in We want to pray for new Associate Chaplains and an historic service at Manchester see the Chaplaincy grow, flourish and Cathedral. A very full year ! continue. For this to happen, we also need to spend time seeking new sources Retail Chaplaincy of income and financial support. At the heart of what we do in Bolton is our work in the Retail Sector. During ...and finally - on a personal note, can I the past year we, like so many town say a very sincere “Thank You” to Kevin centres across the UK., have seen a and Elizabeth, to Caroline, to the decline in levels of spending, Associate Chaplains and to all who have combined with poor retail results, sent cards and messages of support The lighting of the leading to the closure of high street during my time in hospital and in Olympic Cauldron, by units. Shopping patterns are changing recovering afterwards. Your thoughts boxer Amir Khan, as more people choose to buy on-line and prayers have been greatly formed the climax to or from out-of-town supermarkets appreciated. the Torch Relay through Bolton

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Retail Chaplaincy in Ashton By Rev Bob Davies As a (semi) supernumerary Methodist minister, Bob Davies has reduced his retail work by one third. His usual pattern is to visit Ashton town centre (mainly Market Hall) on Monday morning and ASDA on Monday afternoon. Other visits for shopping quite regularly include chaplaincy time! Roger Reece, Bob’s Anglican colleague, maintains his contacts around the town and continues to hold a monthly café praise in Costa Coffee. He has developed good contacts with an independent church, which also runs ‘The Amazing Charity Shop’ – actually 3 shops close to one another and close to Cash Converters. Ashton town centre is suffering as most places are as a result of the recession although there is still enough money to make Costa Coffee very busy – which is good for Roger’s café praise! The outside market stalls are rarely fully occupied. The intention of Marks and Spencer to move out of the town centre soon for larger premises near IKEA is casting a further shadow. The Market Hall traders are finding it more difficult than they were last year , although still better than when they were in the temporary hall after the 2004 fire. Empty stalls are soon re-let, although not all new traders stay very long. Tameside Council’s attempts to deal with the recession are having an impact too. Bob and Roger provide a sounding board for retailers to share their concerns and successes. we find the presence of God in our conversations and are constantly surprised how important it is to be where we are at the time we are. God truly moves in mysterious ways!

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Oldham Town Centre Chaplaincy By Rev John Piper The biggest and best part of the story in Oldham over this last year has been the development of Oldham Street Angels.

tucked up in bed has been inspirational, since the Street Angels operate on Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m.

We ran a pilot project for six weeks around Christmas 2011 and then re-started the project at Easter 2012 and it has been running ever since. The Street Angels operate every Saturday night from around 11 pm to 3 am. For the pilot we had the active involvement of friends from St John’s Ambulance and used their vehicle as our base. We now have the use of some premises very close to the centre of the night time economy in Oldham.

The Street Angels are enthusiastically supported by the owners/managers of the pubs and clubs, the police, the local authority and others. The challenge over the next year will be to turn this support into financial commitment in order to put the Street Angels onto a secure long term footing.

At the moment the Street Angels are operating from a legal point of view as a project of the local Parish Church. However, the local management Although our group see this very much as part of the work of original plan was the Oldham Town Centre Chaplaincy. to have a Night Cafe operating Efforts continue to make an appointment of a alongside the chaplaincy co-ordinator in Oldham, possibly linked Street Angels, we to the development post being sought by GMIM. have learned that We remain hopeful of securing some support the main role of from one of the main denominations but wheels A throng of Street Angels the Angels is on in the Church sometimes move extremely slowly, the streets and in the pubs and clubs and that and in difficult economic times there are those what we need is a base for the volunteers to who mistakenly see chaplaincy as peripheral which they can bring members of the public, activity. rather than a fully functioning cafe that might be seen as competition to the commercial operators We bid a sad and fond farewell this summer to nearby. We feel that this initiative has been Rick Preston (Baptist minister). Rick has been a divinely inspired and led over this last year and keen supporter of this project from the beginning. that what the community has needed the Lord We wish Rick and his family Godspeed and every has provided. Apart from this, there have been blessing as they move to Skelmersdale to embark two main ingredients. on a new adventure in His service. We have welcomed Pete Moorhouse (Methodist minister) The first has been the commitment and onto our management enthusiasm of Jean Hurlston (Anglican minister) group and are grateful for who is currently employed by Ashton Sixth Form his contribution as well as College but previously worked as town centre those of all the people chaplain in Bolton. A Seedbed grant has enabled who continue to support Jean to take a one day per week sabbatical for a this important work. year from her job to set up the Street Angels project. John Piper August 2012 The second has been the amazing dedication and effectiveness of our team of volunteers, now numbering around 15, led by Jen Gibbons. Their enthusiasm for being out and about in all Clocking on and reporting for duty weathers when most of us would prefer to be

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Middlebrook Chaplaincy By Rev Wendy White As I am sure I’ve said before, trying to report on Chaplaincy is almost impossible – we are the people working, largely unseen, behind the scenes, supporting staff by listening, by being there for them.

We hope, during the next year, to develop active links with the Chaplaincy to Bolton Wanderers – recognising that, while people may find it hard to articulate faith, there is a real yearning to This year has been no express spiritual need different. Given the pressure retail is under we and the chaplaincy has have again spent time with staff as their shops always aimed to meet close and they find themselves without work. In people where they are, one case it happened with less than twenty-four not perhaps where we, hours notice. Also we have been very as people of faith, may encouraged by the positive attitude of the retail wish them to be. site management who show a concern for staff and have called us when they think we may be Once again we are looking at recruiting able to help. volunteers as a significant proportion of our initial team have had to stand down. This will be We have a few regular ‘appearances’ during the out major challenge for next year as we aim to course of the year: an Armistice service and a create a sustainable long-term future for the quiet presence in the mall during the days chaplaincy at a time when all local churches, beforehand – popularly known as Poppies and regardless of denomination, seem to be under Prayers where people are invited to write a increasing pressure. prayer for the prayer tree. As part of this we continue to be invited to speak We ran a craft weekend in the run-up to to local churches and organisations, and it has Christmas creating Christian-themed decorations been a fascinating way of exploring what faith in and cards, a similar event during Holy Week and the workplace may mean – particularly when a Fair-trade stall during Fair Trade week where speaking to non-faith groups. While this has retailers are also encouraged to spread the word not, to date, helped with volunteers, it does help about their fairly-traded goods. with the occasional donation! The unexpected ‘event’ this year followed the sudden heart-attack of Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba. Following discussion with the site management a prayer tree was placed in the covered mall and received over 600 messages – in some case, when labels ran out, messages were added to the back of existing ones. A collection of mascots during celebratory events throughout the year

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St Antony’s Centre for Church & Industry By Kevin Flanagan, Director The continued pressures on the economy were evident with the number of requests we received for support by people facing redundancy or job re-organisation. In partnership with providers and the GMB Reach Out Project, we were able to respond to a large number of requests and to support individuals at their most vulnerable time for themselves and their families.

be brought together by the Autumn of 2012 to commence the Spiritual and Chaplaincy Support Services from the Centre to local organisations and individuals. During the year the Centre helped to support over 280 people with their training needs from its offices in Manchester and Accrington. The development of the Accrington Centre continued which included a Project working with six neighbouring parishes in Hyndburn to develop their pastoral outreach and addressing the needs of the local community.

The Centre submitted itself in early 2012 to external scrutiny of its Information, Advice & Guidance service (IAG) and I am pleased to say we were again awarded the Matrix Standard. This is the nationally recognised standard for measuring the quality and consistency of our IAG provision. The award is valid for 3 years. The Matrix report reflected the many key values that the organisation holds and the interviews conducted by the Consultant, identified the high regard in which the organisation is held by employees, employers and community organisations.

The Plater Project was a big success in developing new engagement with t h e w i d e r community and between parishes.

Developing GMIM The Centre staff have continued to provide practical support across the different Chaplaincies within GMIM on fundraising and technical development as well as HR and personnel support. We have recently started to develop the new GMIM website which we hope will be launched in the Autumn of 2012.

Well done to the Team!

Chaplaincy During the year, discussions continued between the Oldham Town Centre Team and St Antony’s Centre to explore if a new joint post could be established to help develop the Chaplaincy within Trafford Park. Work on developing a Pastoral Support Team for St Antony’s Centre commenced in the Autumn of 2011 and an individual has recently completed a Spiritual Direction Course at St Beunos in Wales. It is hoped that a small team will

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Further work on modernising GMIM following the Team and Council Strategy meeting held earlier in the year will commence to the end of 2012.

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Bolton Christian Community Cohesion Project By Caroline Wyke Passion for Easter The Big Sing

Passion for Christmas - Get in the Picture Having been given a unit in a shopping centre in the heart of the town we set about building a stable and producing a short Nativity play which we performed 3 or 4 times a day over 4 days the weekend before Christmas. I n b e t w e e n performances we made costumes available for the public to wear and had photographers on hand to take pictures which were uploaded to a website where people could download them to use as cards or whatever they wanted. People really enjoyed dressing up and we had all the characters covered with costumes - even a camel. When not performing the cast walked between the stable and their ‘dressing room’ among the public giving them opportunity to talk to them about the Christmas story. We also had people at the site also willing to talk to people.

It was great to welcome back some of the actors from Passion for Bolton 2011 to recreate the final scene from the Passion play performed on the Town Hall steps at Easter 2011. This formed part of a music inspired service led by a “hybrid” choir of members taken from choirs all over the area and others who just wanted to sing to the glory of God. We were lucky to have the services of Dr Robert Aston as Musical Director / Conductor and under his leadership the evening ended with a very moving and roof raising performance of the Hallelujah Chorus.

It was a huge success we are in the process of planning a larger scale nativity along with a large choir from the Easter event to produce a wonderful Christmas carol service in partnership with Bolton Wanderers at Reebok stadium on Monday December 10th at 7.30, 2012. BCCC recruited volunteers to take part under the banner of Bolton Interfaith council. The team were easily identified by the blue t-shirts organised for the day. There were approximately over a hundred runners across the Muslim, Hindu and Christian communities. great. There was a ’carnival’ atmosphere helped by Bolton FM radio and was a happy blend of all “Boltonians” of varying ages, sporting abilities, cultures and faiths all having Chan Palmer fun whilst raising much needed funds for Bolton Interfaith Council and Caroline Wyke Bolton Hospice.

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Interfaith work

Exhibition in Bolton Museum

The invitation to showcase Christianity in the town came after similar exhibits from the Muslim and Hindu communities and we were pleased to put together something that encompassed all the denominations with artefacts donated from the Churches and costumes from the Passion (both Easter and Christmas) and a loop showing of the DVD. This was a popular and thought provoking event judging by the responses received.

This year has been a very busy year for faith trails and we have seen an increase in the number of people hearing about the Christian faith along with the Muslim and Hindu faiths. This is a key piece of work in helping improve understanding through education. We have been involved with Genocide Day, Peace Prayers and National Interfaith Week. It is a privilege to take part in these events and meet so many people of all faiths.

Spirit of Bolton July 14th 2012 We played a large part in a major event in the town, organised by Bolton Interfaith. We were asked to provide a craft activity for the public to enjoy working along the theme of “Peace”. BCCC offered the public the opportunity of making bead prayer bracelets and adding a leaf to our Prayer Tree.

Pictured here are Anne Hatch and Mary Millard, both part of the BCCC Team

Town Centre Chaplaincy had information leaflets and a reflection corner where people could pray alone or with a chaplain or talk with a chaplain. This is a valuable part of our work when we get to meet and work alongside all faiths and forge links with others - it’s good fun too! Our “own” Philip Brooks opened the event with prayer before the Official opening by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton.

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Comments from the Project Manager Our work this year has been extremely busy and very exciting. We played out part in both activities in the town for the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic torch as it passed through Bolton along with Bolton Council and other partners. The year has been very rewarding and affirming as we have brought Christianity in the community to the fore in a way that makes it accessible for all. The commitment, support and interaction of the different denominations of the local Church in Bolton has grown and is a positive and encouraging sign of unity, helping further God’s work in our town. Plans for the future are well underway for Christmas event and this will be on Monday 10 December at 7:30 p.m. at the Reebok Stadium. Please e-mail mary@bolton.gmim.org.uk if you would like to attend. We pray that those who attend the event will be inspired by God’s word through music and drama. Thanks to all the team for their dedication and service.

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Manchester Airport Chaplaincy By Rev George Lane Referrals from Customer Services and/or other Airport companies Customer Service staff and the Airport Police regularly call on the team to provide assistance for a whole range of circumstances, passengers having arrived with no money, no mobile phone or means of contacting relatives.

George Lane started as Co-ordinating Chaplain during February 2012, and was licensed by the Bishop of Bolton on March 1, 2012 in Terminal 3 Prayer Room. More than 40 guests attended from local churches, from the Diocese of Manchester and from the airport community, including Police and Fire Service representatives. The induction of the new coordinating chaplain has included accompanying all chaplains on their duties, seeing the vast range of visiting and pastoral work that takes place in and around the airport, attendance at a number of regular meetings including Morning Prayers in all Terminals and an on-going programme of visiting Board members, Airport Care Team Members and those in key positions around the airport. Repatriations under instruction from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (F&CO) The Chaplaincy has a contract with the F&CO which has been renewed for the coming year 2012-2013. Passengers returning to the UK (with a varying complexity of needs identified) are met and escorted through the Airport. As this happens other needs may rapidly come to light, and our response depends on what immediate issues present themselves.

UKBA and General Assistance Requests The formal assistance of Chaplaincy team members has been requested on 10 occasions since January 2012 which includes requests from UKBA (including one request from UK Customs to attend the Custody Suite to attend a number of foreign nationals suspected of drug smuggling) and from airlines following Deaths on Board, deaths abroad or for the repatriation of human remains. Prayer rooms The chaplaincy team continues to manage five multi-faith prayer rooms around the airport and Taxi-feeder park. We acknowledge help and support of Terminal management and Police. Chaplaincy team members make regular visits to the Taxi Feeder Park to enhance relationships with and within the predominantly Muslim communities that use it. Chaplaincy Prayer Rooms and the Chaplaincy office quiet rooms have been invaluable to airport companies wanting a quiet private space for passengers and relatives. A high profile hostage was released from captivity in June 2012 and the chaplaincy facilities were invaluable in providing somewhere away from public view and media intrusion for the family to be reunited. Airlines are always appreciative of having use of these facilities.

Repatriations for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Regular requests are received to assist service personnel and civilians who are repatriated for compassionate health, family or personal reasons. In the last twelve months, 38 service and civilian personnel have been met and escorted through the Airport. Chaplain at work

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Building works Building works took place over May and June in the T1 Office, with the team moving over to T2 for three weeks. The result is a more efficiently laid out T1 office, a bigger kitchen and larger quiet room with toilet facilities. We have also made improvements to the T2 office, with distinct areas for office, sitting and for conversation and meetings – and a dedicated vestry has been created in one of the rooms adjoining the T3 Prayer Room.

members have increased the number of regular visits to this UKBA Detention Facility by in response to requests, and most weeks, detainees (and staff, whom we also aim to support) receive at least two and often three separate visits. We have also supported MIDST (Manchester Immigration Detainee Support Team) in their bid for funding and in their practical planning to develop a telephone advice line in partnership with Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and with the support of UKBA.

Worship, Celebrations and Memorial Services After consultation with the Airport Christian Fellowship, it has been decided to trial a midweek lunchtime communion service from October 2012, to include Bible study and lunch/ refreshments. We are also finding ways to support this fellowship and to respond to other requests, for example, to promote inter-faith dialogue within the airport community, and we often assist Muslim members of staff and passengers in performing their prayers.

Pilgrimages The Airport Care Team has been involved supporting passengers embarking on their pilgrimage to Lourdes. This has involved volunteer staff from the Airport with the Chaplaincy undertaking the co-ordination of the assistance given. The Hajj pilgrimage is always a busy time for the airport. Additional space near departure gates is allocated for pilgrims to pray, and facilities for changing and additional ritual washing facilities are also provided. Our Muslim chaplain is focussed on this event and providing necessary support to the Airport and pilgrims In April Chaplains led a short observance for Dan where required. -Air Flight 1008 (Tenerife crash, 25 April 1980) attended by over 40 ex Dan-Air staff, relatives Communication and others associated with the flight. We are also The Chaplaincy weekly Newsletter and website in discussion with the airport to find a long-term have both been gently refreshed. We plan to solution to the issue of memorialisation for redevelop the website, to integrate chaplaincy deceased staff and for members of the public information into the Manchester Airport website with fond links to the airport. The chaplaincy is and intranet and raise the profile of the also committed to ensuring that significant Chaplaincy through social media. A new leaflet anniversaries are observed by the airport about the chaplaincy is available from all community by the provision of public Acts of customer service desks, prayer rooms as well as Worship. The Airtours anniversary (August 22, being used by team members to publicise our 1985), 9/11 and Armistice / Remembrance Day work as well as the location of prayer rooms. Services are always significant moments in the Airport Community Network life of the airport community. The chaplaincy is building up a list of local Chaplaincy Staff have also been on hand to churches and faith communities – re-establishing minister to staff following bereavements within a definitive list for emergency planning but also the airport community and to arrange memorial in order to establish a faith-based community services for deceased members of staff. dialogue in partnership with the Airport Chaplains have taken and attended funerals for Community Network, building up relationships staff members and family members, and a with churches and faith groups beyond request for the coordinating chaplain to officiate emergency response alone. at the Blessing of a marriage of a member of the Placement Fire Service has been received. We will have worked with (a record) five Pennine House placement students by the end of August 2012. Pennine House is a short term holding facility at This is demanding on the team, but rewarding in the Airport run by Reliance Security Group on terms of the role we play in the students’ behalf of UK Border Agency. Chaplaincy team formation, and in the feedback we receive. Greater Manchester Industrial Mission

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Chaplaincy to Greater Manchester Police By Rev Charles Nevin One of the defining moments of the last year were the riots last August which exploded in one night of looting and violence placing immense pressures on the police service as different disturbances arose in North and Central Manchester. For individual police officers it was a tough and demanding time where adrenaline was pumping and decisions had to be made in seconds. It was also an emotionally draining time when officers had to deal with their emotions and fear of facing an undisciplined and potentially violent mob. It is at times like this that the professional and responsive presence of our police service reminds the general public the debt they owe to such officers. Chaplains were available in the ensuing weeks for conversation and support. Over the summer of 2012, the police were called upon to fill the gap created by G4S in providing security for the Olympic soccer venue in Manchester. In spite of the short notice this work was again carried out to the highest standard. Pressures continue in terms of the budget cuts with continuing uncertainty about jobs and indeed job roles. The streamlining of services to cope with the reduction in staff numbers creates its own frustrations and pressures as officers and support staff struggle to understand and meet the demands of the changing structures. Again Chaplains are there to provide support listening to the worries and fears of staff at all levels. The Police Chaplaincy service has a continuing problem of recruitment, particularly from other faith traditions, but often when it seems the most difficult God provides. The budget cuts across GMP have made an impact on the Chaplaincy service where many of the Divisions now have only one Chaplain whereas in the past they had two. In February the new Police Headquarters were opened and children from a school in each borough within Greater Manchester came to present a piece of a jigsaw they had made to represent the key elements of their area. After completion the jigsaw was mounted and is now on permanent display within the HQ. As Chaplaincy co-ordinator I was invited to give a prayer of blessing at this ceremony which was attended by religious leaders from across Manchester.

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Financial Statement GMIM is dependent upon fundraising in order to secure the resources it needs to support the various Chaplaincies and Projects across the conurbation. In 2011/12, we received Grants and raised £68,000 for our Projects. We thank the organisations who have been supportive of the work of GMIM, in particular we note the contribution by Bolton Council for the Christian Community Cohesion Project, the Methodist, Baptist, Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches for their contributions towards Chaplaincies and the stipends of clergy engaged in Chaplaincy work. In 2012-15, we are looking to secure additional resources to fund a GMIM Development post alongside Chaplaincies in Oldham and Trafford Park. If you would like to support the work of the Charity, there are several ways in which this can take place:

Make a Gift Aid donation if you are a tax payer

Become a member of GMIM. Members of GMIM receive regular updates and mailing and are invited to the various activities and functions organised by the Industrial Chaplaincy network and GMIM.

A copy of the accounts to March 2012 is available upon request from the GMIM Office, as detailed on page 4. We hope you will be willing to support the work of the Charity and subscribe to the Aims of GMIM, as outlined on page 4. Membership forms and further details can be obtained from the Office.

GMIM depends upon grants and general fund raising to support its work in Greater Manchester You can help by:1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

Praying for our work Becoming a member of GMIM where you will receive news and invitations to events Send a donation by texting GMIM 11 to 70070 (maximum £10:00) Inviting your Church or Organisation to sponsor one of the Chaplaincies or by helping us develop a new one in your area / workplace Inviting one of our Chaplains to speak at your event / church / organisation

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Contact Details for Chaplains Middlebrook Retail Chaplaincy Rev Wendy White Tel: 07531 434 514 E-mail: wenwhite@live.co.uk

Greater Manchester Police Chaplaincy Rev Charles Nevin Tel: 0161 485 3397 E-mail: charles.nevin@ntlworld.com

Manchester Airport Chaplaincy Rev George Lane Tel: 0161 489 2838 E-mail: George.lane@manairport.co.uk

Rev Terry Simms Tel: 0161 489 2113 E-mail: terry.simms@manairport.co.uk

St Antony’s Centre for Church & Industry Mr Kevin Flanagan Tel: 0161 848 9173 E-mail: kflanagan@stantonyscentre.org.uk

Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy Rev Les Allmark Tel: 07789 835 230 E-mail: boltontcc@yahoo.co.uk

Bolton Christian Community Cohesion Caroline Wyke BCCC Project Worker Tel: 01204 546139 E-mail: caroline@boltonccc.org

Oldham Town Centre Chaplaincy Rev John Piper Tel: 07801 561 312 E-mail: John.piper30@ntlworld.com

Ashton Town Centre Chaplaincy Rev Bob Davies Tel: 0798 557 6366 E-mail: robert.davies@methodist.org.uk Rev Roger Reece Tel: 0790 407 8901 E-mail: roger.reece@ntlworld.com

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