Aberdeen Retail Pastors to provide support for retail staff and retail management across the shopping centres here in Aberdeen.
Our Retail Pastors work within the shopping centers visiting each shop and build relationships with shop staff and management. Many people in this industry work under increasing pressure and on occasions life throws up problems. These can be complicated by shift patterns and stress in the work place. We provide confidential listening, along with a caring attitude and in some instances further help and support. Often those we meet want to share their story and know about ours and what motivates us to undertake this ministry. We seek to value every individual no matter what their circumstances,background or position in their company.We are also available to support those who come into the shopping centers and often find ourselves chatting to members of the public in passing. On late night shopping evenings a team often works in our largest centre engaging with young people frequenting the centre.
Each retail team consists of two Retail Pastors who give two to three hours a week to this work. They undergo the main Street Pastor training with additional modules, which help them understand how we work with this context. They will also and undertake safety training with the shop centre management.
This initiative has been developed through our carefully selected and well trained volunteers all of whom have demonstrated great commitment and sensitivity.