Benefits for clergy
The diocese recently entered into an agreement for the provision of an employee and clergy assistance programme (EAP) for all clergy. As of 1 Sept 2020, you have access to the EAP with Health Assured.
- 24-hour confidential helpline, 0800 028 0199, offering information and support for family issues, bereavement, trauma, relationship issues, stress-related conditions, money management, debt support and legal advice;
- Telephone counselling sessions - up to six face-to-face counselling sessions per issue, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT);
- My Healthy Advantage smartphone app;
- Wellbeing portal with a library of information.
Time for a break?
Would you like to have a breather over the summer? The Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon in Devon is a wonderful place to rest and recuperate.
You could try one of their summer events, contact them to book a private retreat or perhaps take the whole family to one of their August Clergy Family Holiday weeks. Get in touch with them if you'd like to book in.
Clergy Support Trust
Clergy Support Trust (previously Sons & Friends of the Clergy) have long supported Anglican clergy households in times of hardship or need. More recently they have begun to explore how to respond to the clergy wellbeing agenda. Visit clergysupport.org.uk to find out more.
St Luke's for clergy
St Luke’s can help clergy and their family members when they are experiencing ill health. They understand that poor physical or mental health makes it harder to have a flourishing ministry. When a family member is struggling with health problems, this inevitably brings stress to the clergy household.
They offer treatment via a network of trusted clinicians and organisations and help hundreds of clergy, their spouses and dependents every year, which positively impacts many more people – clergy families, the parish and local community. Visit stlukesforclergy.org.uk for more information and to see how they could help you.
Sheldon Hub is a safe online space for people in ministry meet, share and support each other. The Hub is part of the ministry of the Sheldon Retreat Centre and the Society of Mary and Martha. Visit www.sheldonhub.org for more information.
Exploring your sexuality
Please refer to our LGBTI+ chaplaincy pages.
The Church of England Pensions Board provides information and advice about clergy pensions.