The transformation from a disused container terminal on the edge of Sydney's CBD into a spectacular 22-hectare waterfront precinct.
Once fully complete with a new Metro station by 2024, more than half of Barangaroo will be dedicated public space encompassing a continuous Sydney Harbour promenade, expansive parklands, plazas and coves. Barangaroo will support a projected target of some 23,000 permanent jobs, provide a home to 3,500 residents and contribute more than $2 billion a year to the NSW economy.
About WOW Barangaroo Chaplaincy
Chaplaincy, in particular multifaith chaplaincy, is well established within hospitals, prisons, universities, emergency services and the armed forces, all of which have their own models. In recent years, Chaplains can be found in different workplace contexts. Chaplaincy is now found within retail malls, city centres, airports, the arts and media sector and other places of work.
The WOW Barangaroo Chaplaincy is unique in being all about spiritual care from the outset, working with global companies and operating within the bounds of a 22-hectare precinct. Through it being about spiritual care we work with multifaith or for those with no faith or with those who have other spiritual dimensions. Our focus is about wellness of the individual. WOW Barangaroo is able to speak openly and with integrity about multifaith from a diversity perspective and how it can positively impact the workplace and contribute to the wellbeing of employees and their behaviour.
Everyone is capable of having good values and ethics in their working lives not just people who profess a faith.
We aim to offer a non-judgmental and safe place to help people:
Explore those things which worry or concern them
Discover and explore how beliefs can inform or give meaning to their values, including the way they do business
Make the changes they want to make in their professional and personal lives
The WOW Barangaroo Chaplaincy believes a multi faith community can help inform values and ethics in the workplace and contribute to good business practices.
Chaplaincy Is All About Diversity and Inclusion
Economic activity is global and other new economies are beginning to emerge and contribute to the global economy. This has implications for the workforce, which is becoming more diverse in terms of nationality, cultures and faith. It would be hard to talk about a startup chaplaincy in Barangaroo without giving some context. In recent times, in particular in the financial and professional services industries – there have been contributing factors around the need to reinforce ethical behaviours. The Global Financial Crisis of which Australia largely escaped unscathed when it occurred, eventually did shine a spotlight on Australia. In particular misconduct with the recent Royal Commission into Misconduct in Banking and Financial Services.
Surprisingly this has created a number of opportunities for the fledgling WOW Barangaroo Chaplaincy. Barangaroo has a very diverse workforce. People of all nationalities, faiths and beliefs. People want to speak up, they want to resolve personal ethical dilemmas they may have and they want to bring their whole selves to work.
Chaplaincy Is About Purpose, Values, Beliefs and Ethics.
People talk to Chaplains about all sorts of issues, Family, relationships, work stressors and more. Chaplains don’t give advice, They listen and that’s its power. It’s called the Ministry of Presence. Chaplains also talk to employees about ethical issues that may be bothering them, they also want to understand the human impact of AI initiatives they might be planning and they want personal interaction with a someone who is trained in active listening to help them work their way through these and many other issues they face in a confidential setting.
The WOW Barangaroo Chaplaincy is the only chaplaincy working in the workplace.
We believe multifaith can be a positive influence in the workplace and are here to help corporate and retail employers in the Barangaroo Precinct start a conversation in shaping values and ethics in pursuit of a more transparent business environment.
The WOW Barangaroo Chaplaincy understands workplace issues and has a wealth of experience in providing listening support both to employees and employers, across diverse groups. We act confidentially and independently and have links with other agencies and third parties to help support the Barangaroo Precinct working community.
Examples of how the Chaplaincy can help employers:
Assist business committed to building healthy, stable and caring culture and community
Provide a sustainable strategy ‘on-top-of’ training strategies – chaplains are there when trainers leave!
Act as multi faith advisers (including design and use of company prayer/quiet rooms)
Offer bereavement support to employees in the event of the death of a relative or colleague. This includes supporting the individuals, teams and managers as well as assistance with preparing employees to attend funerals of different faiths or helping colleagues to plan a service of thanksgiving (with or without a faith content)
Visit employees and their families in hospital
Provide grief and loss support across a range of situations from job loss, to family relationships
Critical incident and trauma first responders
Working with the precinct to establish Wesley LifeForce Program – a unique community suicide and prevention program
Advise around challenges in Diversity and Inclusion (which can involve issues around religion)
Celebration and Commemorative Date Observances such as International Women’s Day, World Health Day, Harmony Week and more – pop up Chaplaincy support for those who may need assistance
Chaplains are not counsellors and often refer someone to appropriate organisations and resources. This is an important distinction as Chaplains are trained to have important referral resources at their fingertips should it be so required
24Access Critical Incidents – Crisis Management
We will help your organisation respond to significant critical events providing a rapid response solution when it matters.
WOW provided an Australia-wide CRITICAL INCIDENT support service for business to care for their employees during tough times. If a workplace has a critical incident, traumatic loss, suicide, severe injury or difficult moment – a crisis care chaplain will serve the business when required. Our chaplains are first-responders who provide critical incident spiritual care and assist with professional referral for members if and when needed. The program provides peace-of-mind to Boards and CEO’s who often carry the burden alone.
Reach & Responsiveness
The first 72 hours are critical in the support of communities undergoing loss or trauma. Our reach extends across cities and rural communities through our relationship with Chaplaincy Australia. In fact, nowhere is too hard – from outback WA to the heart of Balmain. Our team is mobile – we come to you in a timely manner.
Understanding & Compassionate
Our personnel understand business and business communities. They show respect and are sensitive to the different cultures, people, age groups, expectations and religious affiliations contained in any workplace. With open hands, a warm heart and clear thinking our 24Access Managers will work in-step with the needs of your business.
Is there a Cost to Refer to WOW Chaplaincy
No. We are a service for the Barangaroo Community. You can refer any employee or, perhaps more importantly make the service known to your employees via your staff induction programs and more.
Is there a Cost to Receive Access24?
Yes for the Access24 Critical Incident Service there is a cost. A $2 per employee annual subscription fee applies. 24ACCESS program is usually subscribed by the business for all employees.
For example, a business may have 5,000 employees They would pay 5,000 x $2 = $10,000 annual subscription fee. Please contact our WOW Chaplaincy here for further information.
We understand sometimes it can be hard to take the first step to ask for help. That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible. You tell us what you want to talk about and when and we’ll meet you face-to-face for a coffee or a chat in the café of your choice. You can even talk to us online if you would prefer. We’ll never start a religious conversation, it’s not what we do, and everything remains confidential. We are non-judgemental and you tell us what you want to talk about.
Some of the things people chat to us about include:
Challenges or stress at work
Concerns about a child or a disabled or elderly relative and their care
Anxieties about a family member or friend who is ill or dying
Finding the death of someone you love hard to cope with
Going through a bad patch in your relationship or needing support through a divorce
Domestic and Family Violence concerns
Mental Health and Wellbeing challenges
Chaplains are not counsellors and often refer someone to appropriate organisations and resources. This is an important distinction as Chaplains are trained to have important referral resources at their fingertips should it be so required.
Self Care is at the heart of what we do. In fact WOW Chaplaincy often refers to itself as Chief Heart Officers for Business and Workplaces. Throughout the year we host get togethers that focus on Mind. Body. Sprit. It could be a breakfast talk, an informal get together or what we call ‘Wisdom Walks’ We train together, set ourselves a challenge and then enjoy the trek together. Often these treks have a spiritual dimension so it becomes a true experiences of getting in touch with yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.
‘Over A Cuppa’
We catch up regularly with inspiring women ‘over a cuppa’ and share their stories of inspiration and spirituality on our blog. These meaningful conversations about purpose, values and beliefs.