What is a Chaplain?

Chaplains are drawn from a variety of local churches and are motivated by their Christian faith to care for all people and communities. They are not there to preach but to offer care and comfort, and a listening ear. Chaplains have received training applicable to their role and will receive specific training for their placement if required, to enable them to visit staff in any local business, retail outlet, or other organisation. All Chaplains are DBS checked and take part in on-going training and supervision by LTCC.  Our Senior Chaplain, Michael Campbell is on the staff of LTCC, but all our other Chaplains are volunteers.

What do they do?

Chaplains will make regular visits, in agreement with an employer, to provide a listening ear to any employee who would like to talk to them. They do not provide a formal counselling service but are complementary to other professionals and services. They are independent from the organisation they are visiting and can act as a bridge between employer and employee, whilst maintaining confidentiality at all times.

We currently have a team of Chaplains in the Town Hall and other town centre council offices, and the Kingsway Depot supporting the staff of Luton Borough Council; teams in Luton Magistrates' and Crown Courts; a team in ASDA at Wigmore, a team working with the clients at NOAH, a Chaplain at Luton Rugby Club and 3 teams of Street Chaplains who operate in The Mall and George Street, connecting with members of the public and the smaller retail outlets.  At present we have more opportunities to place Chaplains than we have volunteers.

How to get involved in volunteering

If you are a Christian and a regular member of a local church, then you could be a volunteer Chaplain. We are looking for people with a pastoral heart who can spare between 2-4 hours at the same time each week, and are prepared to undergo training and regular supervision.  Click here for more information.