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Lay Chaplaincy

Sophie Burditt My name is Sophie Burditt. I work for The Bridge Project and it is through them that I am part of South Wilts. I love a good cup of tea, great conversation and cake! I love to bake, cook, and spend time with friends playing games, watching movies or a good walk in the sunshine. 


The Bridge is a Christian Schools charity, The Secondary section aim to work within secondary schools as ‘Lay Chaplains’. This can sometimes seem like a bit of a fancy title, and a little confusing, but our aim through working at South Wilts is to simply encourage, support, listen and care. Below are the ways in which I am able to do so: 

Friday Drop-In

This role can play out in various ways. At South Wilts I spend time working with the girls through a drop-in. The drop-ins aim to be ‘safe’, relaxed environments for any young person to attend. I serve free hot chocolate and cake/biscuits, and with the help of the Year 11 Peer Mentor Prefects the drop-in has been a fun place to be (and is really well attended)! The group continues to grow each week and at the girls’ request we have begun reflecting on a different theme each week.

The drop-in runs every Friday during lunch time (11.55-12.50) in room 043. Everyone is welcome so please do pop along and say hello. I am also available in room 043 Friday afternoons and welcome any visitors who are in need of a listening ear. 

Monday listening ear

I am currently in South Wilts on a Monday as well. Whilst I don’t run a drop-In like Fridays, the door is always open for people to visit on a Monday lunchtime and afternoon break. I try and support students in any way possible and offer a relaxed environment, giving the girls that one to one attention when they feel they need it most. 

Christian Union

As we are a Christian charity, it is also my delight to be supporting the students who are part of the Christian Union. This group run on a Monday lunchtime from 12.10 in room 010. The group is an informal place to express and explore what it means to be a Christian today. Cakes are usually provided and other students take turns in leading each meeting through discussion, games and the use of film. 

To contact me for a one to one slot, to know more about the drop-in or if you simply need a question answering about life or have a prayer request then don't hesitate to get in touch.

If you would like to contact me then please do so on: laychaplain@swgs.wilts.sch.ukThe Bridge

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