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Tuesday 22 January 2019
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Anita Fath of Mission in the Economy (MitE)

  • Name of Business  Mission in the Economy (MitE) 
  • Who are you?  We provide workplace chaplaincy to businesses and individuals across the north west.  
  • What sets you apart from the competition?  MitE is uniquely placed in the workplace.  MitE Chaplains provide an independent, impartial presence that makes a difference to the productivity and environment of a working environment. We listen, are non-judgemental and are there to support the workforce whoever they are and whether they have a faith or not. As well as providing immediate contact for workers, the chaplains are a preventative measure - by having low-level, early intervention issues can often be avoided or dealt with before they become critical, including prevention of staff absence and disputes. 
  • How did the business come about?  MitE started in the 1950s as an Industrial Mission (part of the Industrial Mission Association) sent into the workplaces (which were more heavy industry and manufacturing than they are today) by the Church of England, specifically in the Liverpool Diocese.
  • What are your main target markets?  We work with all businesses and individuals.  Currently we have chaplains in retail areas, YMCA, Merseyside Police and LJLAirport.  We also support local churches and faith groups with training and advice who want to do chaplaincy in their local area.  
  • How long has your business been in existence?  MitE began in the 1950s in this area.  
  • How many staff do you employ?  We currently have 5 staff directly employed by MitE plus 3 chaplains who are self-employed on contract to us and 12 volunteers.
  • What job or achievement makes you most proud?  Every time one of our chaplains engages with someone in the workplace, they have a new story to tell.  What makes us proud?  When someone chooses to engage, then we are doing our job properly!  
  • Where do you see the business being in five years?  We have plans to expand our sphere of work over the next 3 to 5 years both geographically (we are in discussion with other areas in the Northwest) and in depth in the areas that we already cover.
  • Why Warrington?  MitE was invited to work in Warrington by the Council many years ago.  It is a special place with interesting people and stories to tell.  The bread-and-butter of a chaplain is to listen and so we are ideally placed to hear those stories. 
  • Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?  Although we are a Christian organisation we do not preach or try to convert people.  We witness by presence and do not impose our own faith onto the people we meet.
  • Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc)  I am currently training to be a minister in the Church of England
  • Brexit – good, bad, opportunity?  It is a very sad and uncertain time.. The impact on the businesses we are there to support is unknown. The personal impact is already being felt by some and  It is about being there for people whatever their views or situation. 
  • Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?  Neil Armstrong to talk about what it was like to walk on the moon.  Martin Luther King Jr to talk about fighting racism.  Elizabeth Fry to talk about prison reform.  Rachael Treweek to talk about being the first female diocesan bishop.   Caroline Lucas and Professor Brian Cox to talk about the planet and ecology.  
  •   We now have four volunteer chaplains at Birchwood Park covering Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We will also have people in Warrington Market and Hatters Row in the Town centre in the next few weeks