“Offering care and support”
The Waterways Chaplaincy offer support to those who live and use the UK’s waterways.
Chaplains are volunteers from local churches who regularly visit the waterways, offering help, companionship and a listening ear to individuals and businesses.Chaplains are interested in whomever they meet, be they boaters, cyclists, walkers, runners, anglers or canal workers.
A Boater’s Tale
‘Life was great on the boat. We were out of the rat race. Then my husband lost his job just before winter set in. We also had a new born child and problems with our heating. We were too far from Citizen’s Advice and had no money to pay for transport or fuel to heat the boat. We felt lost and alone, and our problems were compounding. We needed help.
We were so grateful for the day the Waterways Chaplain popped a card under our door. The Chaplain assisted with our immediate problems and stayed in touch with us until we were back on our feet.’
If you need practical help, a listening ear, supporting, prayer, please contact us and we will be back in touch with you very soon.
‘Dear Chaplain, thank you so much for doing our dad proud by doing such a great service. Your words meant a lot to us. Thank you for your support, God bless, love V & B.’
Examples of help given on the waterways
Bags of coal
Trips to local Foodbank
Chaplains own food parcels
Support/ intermediary through dealings with Authorities e.g. CaRT, Local Councils, benefit claims
Help with laundry
Coffee and a chat
Calling out an engineer through our retainer account with River Canal Rescue (RCR)
Parts for a breakdown e.g. batteries
Administration help e.g. cruising logs, printing out claim forms, draft letters
Help with travelling to Dr’s, offices, for fuel etc
This list is not exhaustive, so if you have something you think we may be able to help with, contact us and we will be back in touch with you soon.