Times can be tough on the canals, but help is at hand…

Winter on the Stort

We all face problems and challenges in our daily lives, difficulties that we need to overcome, to deal with in our own way, particularly in these trying times when the global pandemic seems to be all around us, as a threat to our established routines, our work and often our finances.

For Tony (name has been changed), a qualified boat skipper travelling on the Four Counties Ring, difficulty accessing correct medication led to him having suicidal thoughts and so he decided to contact Waterways Chaplaincy through our web site to ask for help.

Thankfully, help was at hand, and using the location details given as well as the What3Words reference, one of our chaplains was able to come alongside Tony, to spend time with him, and, above all, to listen to his concerns and problems.

….So often at WWC we are asked to help with practical issues, accessing support, signposting or simply helping with a few supplies, or perhaps food. But at other times, all that is needed is a listening ear, to have someone to share concerns with, to explain how you are feeling and to help work through those thoughts and get to a better place.

This was certainly the experience of Tony, he had lost his driving licence, had valuable equipment and tools stolen from his van, he was feeling overwhelmed. Thankfully, one of our friendly and supportive local chaplains was able to help.

Happily, our chaplain continues to keep in touch with Tony, and he is now in a much better state of mind, he has a new GP, is back on track with his medications, and is feeling much more positive about life.

So, for all the dwellers and travellers on the canals and waterways, please remember that one of our team of over 100 chaplains are always ready to come along side you, to chat, to help and, most importantly to listen.