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Lay Chaplaincy


Hi, my name is Mel. I work for The Bridge Youth Project and it is through them that I am part of South Wilts Grammar School.

I joined the School in September 2017. Previously I have worked with young people through my role as a Family Support Worker. I enjoy supporting children and seeing young people thrive.

My role as Lay Chaplain is to encourage, support, listen and care. This generally takes place through one to one work-that being anything from mentoring to spiritual guidance; dealing with issues from behaviour to bereavement. I also encourage the students to volunteer in their community.

Mondays, volunteering in the community

Every Monday morning I support groups of Year 11 girls to serve their community.

We do this by attending the St Francis Church Community Choir. The girls make refreshments for the local people that attend the choir. They also have the pleasure of taking part with the singing and performing at the local care home

Christian Union

As we are a Christian charity, it is also my delight to be supporting students who are part of the Christian Union which runs on Tuesday lunch times. The group is an informal place to express and explore what it means to be a Christian today.

Thursday, volunteering in the community

Every Thursday we attend the St Francis Church, toddler Group.

The Year 11 girls really enjoy helping the little ones with their arts and crafts. They read stories to the children and sing nursery rhymes and songs with them at the end of the session.

Young Listeners group

The group runs every Thursday lunch time in D9

We have two young listeners available to chat each week, so if you would like to come along to chat or just come along to chill out, the door is always open and everyone is welcome.

The Alice Course

Available to Year 8 girls on Thursday afternoons.

Due to the increasing number of young people struggling with issues such as ‘body image; ‘Identity and ‘self-worth; we’ve developed this new resource. The course aims to empower and encourage girls to see themselves as people with value, identity and purpose, and enable them to make decisions in life that reflect this. The course runs for 6 weeks from 2pm-2.40pm.

I am in school Monday mornings and all day Thursdays. If you have a question or prayer requests and would like to contact me then please do so on: