Luton Town Centre Chaplaincy (LTCC) was born out of a vision that Canon Nick Bell had in November 2008 to provide pastoral and spiritual support to those who work in and visit Luton Town Centre. The idea for the project received widespread support from Civic leaders, businesses, The Mall shopping centre, the local church and other faith groups. The project was launched to local church leaders in April 2009, a board of Trustees was formed and charitable status was granted in November 2009.
Funding was received from a variety of sources, including The Steel Charitable Trust, The Diocese of St Albans Mission Support Fund, the Methodist Church local circuit, local churches and a variety of individuals. A target of £150,000 was set before recruitment for a Pioneer Chaplain began.
Following a lengthy and thorough recruitment process, Michael Campbell was appointed as the full-time, paid, Pioneer Chaplain in September 2010. Michael was previously a Town Centre Chaplain at Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy and brought a wealth of experience to the project.
A further process was undertaken to recruit a part-time administrator for LTCC and Helen Roche was appointed in October 2010.
A number of people had already expressed interest in being volunteer chaplains and in November 2010 a meeting was held to give more information about LTCC and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Those that wanted to pursue their interest then met individually with Michael before undergoing an informal interview. Thirteen people were ‘approved’ and commenced a training programme in January 2011.
With teams of Chaplains now working in Luton Borough Council, The Mall and George Street, Luton Magistrates' and Crown Courts, at ASDA, NOAH and Vauxhall Motors we look forward to making a positive contribution to the lives of those who work in or visit Luton.