Tesco HR manager Kirsty Saul with chaplain June Morton
November 2016 - What has the 5p charge for a carrier bag got to do with chaplaincy?
Our Lead Chaplain was asked by Taunton’s local Tesco store to help evaluate the bids by environmental projects for grants from the levy on plastic bags. His encounter with the store’s management team led to a conversation about the benefits experienced by staff when a company appoints a workplace chaplain.
Many months later June Morton was welcomed as the Tesco’s first in- store chaplain. June has been making friends with many of the 261 staff members whose work ranges from the bakery to the home delivery service. June says she has been made to feel very welcome,
“Naturally, I was apprehensive at first but everyone has been so friendly and forthcoming; the response has helped me tremendously.”
June is one of a number of volunteer Taunton Team chaplains who spend a few hours each week in retail premises offering a listening ear and, when invited to do so, a prayer for anything that a staff member wants help for. Sometimes the chaplain can signpost the person to another organisation better placed to respond to a practical, health or spiritual issue.