Chaplain boosts shopping centres footfall
Warrington shopping centre Golden Square has said it has boosted its visitor numbers and strengthened its community links by employing an on-site chaplain.
The shopping centre found that the chaplain’s annual record showed that more than 3,000 people contacted chaplain Mavis McDonnell at Golden Square, with a further 2,294 contacting her from the Warrington Market.
The key topics discussed included health worries, relationships and bereavement. McDonnell also noticed an increase in people with mental health issues and a tendency to fear the future, particularly in young parents.
McDonnell, who is an Ordained Local Minister and has a family background in retail, has been the MitE Chaplain to Warrington Market since 2004 and the Chaplain to Golden Square shopping centre since 2010.
Ian Cox, manager of Golden Square, said: “Mavis is a treasured member of the Golden Square family. The relationships she has built over four years, both with staff and customers, who seek her out for a spiritual support or just a sympathetic ear, make such a huge difference to the overall running of the centre.
“People sometimes find it tough to cope with the stresses and strains of modern life and they come to the centre to relax and enjoy a bit of retail therapy. To have someone like Mavis who you can go and talk to is an invaluable resource and definitely something which we will continue to support.”
McDonnell added: “I just do what I can to help, I don’t like to see anyone struggling in any way and if I can offer a little bit of peace or guidance I’m happy to do so.”
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