The chaplaincy team provides pastoral and spiritual care for students and staff of all faiths and none.
The chaplains are a team made up mostly of volunteers from local faith communities. We are very friendly and approachable and really care about what matters most to you.
We are not trained counsellors and the pastoral care we offer is not professional counselling. However, we are interested in journeys through life and will therefore listen attentively to whatever it is you want to share. We believe that every individual has an inherent dignity – or put another way, that each of us is essentially good. This means that we welcome encounters with other people knowing that we might learn as much from you as you might from us. We know that life is full of beginnings and endings, sad times and happy times, joys and challenges and that sometimes we need company and a listening ear. After listening we may suggest you access other support services and can help you with that. Naturally, we are always happy to talk about religion, faith and spirituality but in the context of pastoral care we would only do that at your request.
We are a place of support for your spiritual journey, offering sacred space, companionship and conversation no matter what your starting place is and whether or not you consider yourself to be religious or spiritual. We also offer specific support for religious needs – finding people and practical resources to enable you to practice your faith on and off campus. We have close connections with the Cornwall Faith Forum who help us to link students and staff with smaller faith communities that have a less visible presence on campus. We also offer support for anybody finding it difficult to be a person of faith and advocate on your behalf when necessary; and we enjoy helping with relevant academic projects that involve faith or spirituality.
Penryn: our chaplaincy space on the Penryn campus is located in Tremough Barton Cottage 8. You can find us by following signs for the Sports Centre, and then continuing down the tree-lined lane. In our cottage space you will find comfy sofas, a big table for meals and conversations, a prayer and meditation space (available on a first-come, first-served basis), and plenty of books about religion and spirituality. Students who visit call the space a hidden gem. The cottage is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and most afternoons you will be warmly greeted by one of our friendly chaplains. We also host outdoor events – such as bonfires – at the Cob Shed, located nearby.
Falmouth: we have a cosy room in the Fox Building on the Woodlane campus. This space is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Like at Penryn, there are comfortable sofas, tea-making facilities and space for you to take a breather.
The chaplaincy team also looks after the Belmont Garden space which is located in front of the Life Drawing Studio.
Truro: Staff and students based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske can use the hospital chaplaincy space which is located in the Tower Block. The hospital chaplaincy offers a chapel and a Muslim prayer room.
Our Chaplaincy Team
Hello! I am the Catholic Lay Chaplain. I moved to Cornwall fifteen years ago with my husband and two children and feel very grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
Hi! I moved to Cornwall ten years ago with my husband and two cats. Sadly, my cats grew old here and are no longer part of the family. I am a vegan who loves baking and I enjoy being part of Red River Singers. I love walking, gardening, reading, labyrinths and laughing. I’m looking forward to meeting you.
Hi! I love hearing about people’s life stories, their ups and downs, their likes and dislikes, about family and friends, beliefs and uncertainties; it’s so good to talk, and so helpful for our wellbeing.
Hi! I retired to Cornwall five years ago having taught History and Criminology for thirty years in various universities upcountry. My golden retriever dogs Bailey comes into the chaplaincy with me on a Friday and he loves spending time with students. I go to Harbour church and I am also involved in a non-denominational discussion/prayer group in Mawnan Smith. I am also helping my wife to build a contemplative garden in land behind our house on the Helford Estuary
Hello! I am a Father to four and a Grandfather to seven and they are usually located in four Countries on three Continents! I have lived in London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Wales … and Paraguay! When repairing a car way back in the ’70’s the owner, whilst watching and waiting, reflected on my surname A.M.O.S.S. and suddenly said “All…Manner…Of…Services…Supplied!”
Hello, I’m Becky, the Co-Ordinating Chaplain and it’s my job to manage our lovely chaplaincy team. I live in Penryn with my husband, my son, stepson and our cat Diesel. I’m a big believer in Higher Education as a space in which we can all grow and I’m passionate about the unique service our team offers to our community. I believe very strongly in the inherent worth of every individual and love accompanying staff and students on their journeys.
Hi! I’m pleased to be here for anyone who feels Pagan, Buddhist, polytheist, atheist, agnostic, animist, pantheist, discordian, ‘spiritual but not religious’, ‘out there’ or generally ‘other’.