Churches Together in Winchester has launched a work:life wellbeing support service for Winchester businesses.
We aim to put businesses in touch with a range of wellbeing services to benefit their employees and staff. This web-page signposts soft skills and interpersonal support services for the many microbusinesses in the city.
- physical and mental health
- debt and personal finances
If you run a small business in and around Winchester, you can access plenty of business support regarding legal, HR, financial and business planning. Organisations like Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Winchester BID, Winchester City and Hampshire County Councils, Incuhive and a host of coaches and mentors are geared up to help businesses thrive.
Many business owners are aware of more personal challenges which they and their staff face. Responsible businesses understand the value of the health and wellbeing where their employees are concerned. Owners get very close to their staff, involved in their personal lives and may be the first to notice that something is ‘not quite right’ in the way employees are feeling and behaving.
If employees need help, where can you as a business owner signpost them? This page is designed to help you offer sensible advice and point staff to confidential and sensitive support if they are struggling with various aspects of their lives.
Churches Together recognises we are probably only scratching the surface of what people need and what is available. We hope this page will develop and grow. If you are a local, non-commercial provider of personal wellbeing support, please get in touch so we can add your details if appropriate. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Can I get Help?
Bereavement – Winchester Bereavement Support
Winchester Bereavement Support offers confidential support, through home visits, to bereaved people in Winchester and the surrounding areas. It is a charity staffed entirely by local volunteers
In-work pastoral support – Winchester City Centre Chaplaincy
The City Centre Chaplains visit workplaces to build relationships based on mutual trust, listening, supporting and encouraging staff when they need it
Mental Health – Tree of Life Café
The Tree of Life drop in café is held every Wednesday afternoon between 3-5 at Caffe Nero on Winchester High Street. Trained mental health chaplains provide a non-judgemental space for anyone to reflect, discuss and find support. Chaplains also signpost attendees to other ventures such as:
The Samaritans – the best source of emergency support. Call 116 123 for free
Solent Mind – the charity has a wellbeing centre on Parchment Street, Winchester. Anyone can refer themselves to this service via an online form
Debt – Christians Against Poverty and Frontline Debt Advice
Christians Against Poverty provides top quality debt counselling and financial education to anyone struggling with money issues. In Winchester, the charity operates a Debt Centre based at Hope Church, run by two debt coaches.
Christ Church Winchester can put people in touch with the Christian debt charity, Frontline Debt Advice.
Counselling – The Olive Branch
The Olive Branch provides a professional counselling service demonstrating the Christian principle of love and care for each individual
Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Inclusion Recovery Hampshire and Alcoholics Anonymous
Inclusion Recovery Hampshire offers drug and alcohol treatment throughout Hampshire. Nine hubs and many satellite services ensure access for all. The services are commissioned by Hampshire County Council.
The 12 step programme from Alcoholics Anonymous has put thousands of addicts on the road to recovery. There are several meetings around Winchester.
Covid-19 Update – Like many organisations, Alcoholics Anonymous is currently meeting online only – you can visit the website – https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/ where there is a “chat now” facility; an e mail service: – email@example.com and details of how to access existing online meetings. Or you can ring the 24 four hour helpline on – 0800 9177650 or 02380 223 198
Marriage and Relationship Support – Relate
The Olive Branch (see Counselling above) and the charity Relate provide services locally. In addition, many private counsellors provide excellent services to couples and individuals facing relationship issues.
Several local churches also run marriage and relationship courses to sustain and strengthen relationships and enable couples to resolve areas of conflict before they become an overwhelming issue. Ask your local church to recommend a course near you
Caring for Older Relatives – Hope Life
If an employee is caring for an elderly relative and needs help, they can find support at Hope Life, an outreach of Hope Church run by Rhi Cross.
Just About Managing – Winchester Basics Bank and Friends of the Family
Not everyone in work has the income they need to support their family. That’s not the fault of their employer; people’s needs are complex. If you know someone on your team is struggling financially, there are several sources of help in the city.
Winchester Basics Bank provides individuals and families in need with emergency food parcels of enough tinned and dried food for 5 days and good quality second hand clothes (men’s and women’s). Branches open on different days at Highcliffe (Tues and Fri), and St Barnabas Church, Weeke on Thursday.
Friends of the Family assists vulnerable families (of all descriptions) and children who live in the Winchester district. It offers a range of services and is based at the Quaker Meeting House.
Winchester Vineyard Church also runs a Storehouse for struggling individuals and families. Call 01962 863217 for more information.
Churches Together in Winchester offers a range of confidential prayer services for business owners. Our team is able to meet business owners individually or collectively and pray with them about any business challenges or opportunities they face. We plan to offer a drop-in prayer meeting monthly at a central Winchester location and will update the site when more details are available. If you cannot or do not want to meet, we are happy to take prayer requests via e-mail. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.