Director of Social Responsibility Retires

RSS

undefinedOn 29 July one of the Diocese's long standing members of staff leaves her role as Director of Social Responsibility. Janice began her work at Church House back in 1996 as ‘Community Projects Officer', having come from a position as ‘Practice Learning Centre Coordinator' in Manchester, supervising social work students on placement.

Four years after her arrival in the Diocese she then became the ‘Urban Officer’ for the Diocese, supporting churches in urban priority parishes. When the Revd Canon Bob Powley retired in 2004 Janice was appointed as the Director of Social Responsibility.
 

Highlights of her time include:
Raising awareness of domestic abuse, by inviting three Christian women from India and the Philippines to our diocese to build bridges between churches and women’s refuges.
The ‘Life Expectancy Wirral’ project which helped to highlight the difference in life expectancy between east and west Wirral.

Janice says that the best experiences have been seeing the smile on people’s faces when they realise   that they have been supported, like receiving a grant from the Church Urban Fund to help place a worker to support and teach families how to cook a healthy three course meal on a budget.
Although technically retiring it doesn’t look like Janice is going to put her feet up in front of the telly just yet. In October this year she is going with a group of women from Sale Life Church to Uganda, where she will visit villages and schools to show women how to make sanitary pads.
 

In her leaving speech at Church House, Janice paid tribute to all of the people she had worked with over the years saying: “I have loved working for CSR and the diocese in various capacities over the last 20 years but now it is time for me to go! I leave CSR in a strong and exciting place but there also challenging times ahead for our society. It is the right time to hand over to someone with fresh insights, new approaches and someone who will continue to ask ….and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
 

I have had wonderful support over the years from the CSR staff team, Committee, working groups and volunteers. CSR is not about one person it's the sum of the parts. I have been surrounded by people who have been so generous with their time, talents and gifts. People who are passionate about people, passionate about social justice and caring of those who are vulnerable and excluded in our society.
 

I have been humbled by the kindness and graciousness of clergy and church members across the diocese who have welcomed and prayed for me and the work of CSR. I have made many friends in Christ and I will treasure the moments, the relationships and the meetings! Goodness knows how many meetings I have attended over the 20 years!
So thank you to everyone for playing a part in my journey, it has been an honour to be a fellow pilgrim. “