Diocese appoints new Clergy Welfare Coordinator

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Diocese appoints new Clergy Welfare Coordinator

The Diocese of East Anglia has appointed former advice worker Sarah Truman as the new Clergy Welfare Coordinator to support its clergy, particularly those who are retired.

Sarah is a Catholic living in Bury St Edmunds and is married with three sons.

She has worked for the past 20 years with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Bury St Edmunds, firstly as a volunteer and as an employee. She started as a general adviser and then Advice Session Supervisor. For the last few years she has been the Welfare Rights Supervisor for the cluster of five Bureau within West Suffolk.  As such, she has experience of a wide range of general advice, as well as working at Tribunal level for more specialised work.

She has been involved in the Parish over the years including with the Children’s Liturgy Team and on the Parish Finance Committee and is looking forward to seeing how things work at Diocesan level.

Whilst her primary role will be working with the sick and retired clergy of the Diocese and those approaching retirement, she is available to all clergy who have a welfare issue they would like to discuss.

She will be looking to make contact with the clergy over the coming months (and visiting once Covid-19 permits). She will work with the clergy welfare group to provide coordinated support to all retired clergy within the Diocese and to help prepare other clergy as they approach retirement. She will advise on benefit entitlements and work to ensure that accommodation needs are met in appropriate way, in line with Diocesan policies.

The new post ensures that the Diocese will continue to meet its duty of care to its priests, and is funded through the Alive in Faith initiative.

You can contact Sarah Truman on welfare@rcdea.org.uk.  She will initially be working two days per week, but will try to respond as soon as possible.