Reverend David Bean has been starting to work around Retford Town Centre over the past few months — he made his first public appearance at the Retford Christmas Market and Lights Switch-on in December last year. Now David will be out and about most days in Retford — available to people of all faiths and none, to provide a listening ear that is unconditional, non-judgemental, independent and confidential, to anyone who lives in, works in, or visits the town centre.
In addition to being available on a confidential basis for people in the town centre to support their emotional and spiritual well-being, David will help to signpost people to access other local services or sources of help.
Asked why he has taken up this opportunity, David said: “I am Retford, born and bred — I love the people and love the town… my aim is to reflect God’s love for all the community and to partner with others to help Retford be an even more caring, prosperous, and welcoming place.”
Rick Brand, Chair of Retford Business Forum, said: “David will be an asset to the town centre and will provide yet another important benefit to Retford as a place of choice to live or visit.”
Although not specifically a workplace chaplaincy scheme, David is happy to visit local businesses, with the agreement of the owners, management, and staff, to provide a caring listening presence for anyone who needs it.
The town centre chaplain will offer a visible, caring, presence to the people of Retford town centre, whatever their faith or belief… why not say hello next time you see him.