College life presents so many opportunities – not only to work and study but to be enriched by the huge variety of people and backgrounds and traditions. It is a time to explore life and ask the big questions – why am I here? what is it all about?

The Chaplaincy is inter-denominational and exists to serve all members of the college – staff and learners – regardless of belief or background.

The chaplains are always ready to pray and discuss matters of faith or any personal concerns in confidence.

The College has a Quiet/Prayer Room at the main campus which is available to staff and students of all faiths and none for quiet reflection or prayer.

The multi-faith chaplaincy team at the Filton Campus of South Gloucestershire & Stroud College was formed in 2007, at what was then Filton College, with the help of the Regional Development Officer of the National Council of Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education (fbfe), of which the college is a corporate member.

The Team

Paul Smith Paul is an Honorary Fellow of the College, he worked at SGS College for many years, initially as Lecturer in Chemistry before being appointed & an Honorary Chaplain. He is an Anglican layman and currently serves on the Diocesan Board of Education and St. Matthias Trust.
Javinder is the college Chaplin & Multi-faith coordinator and leads the Chaplaincy team, he is of Sikh Background. He has held and currently holds various positions across the Multi-faith dialogue world, including sitting on the ITV equality & diversity panel. Outside of Chaplaincy Javinder has an expertise in Building Engineering, Human Rights & Arbitration law. Javinder
Rizwan Rizwan was appointed Chaplain by the Muslim faith community, represented by the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society (BMCS), Easton, Bristol, where he actively promotes community cohesion and interfaith dialogue and is the Project Manager of the annual Islamic Cultural Fayre. Rizwan is currently Muslim Chaplain at the University of Bristol and a frequent contributor to the local media. Outside of Chaplaincy Rizwan is a scientist.
Kamlesh was appointed Chaplain by the Hindu faith community, represented by the Bristol Hindu Temple, Redfield, Bristol where Kamlesh is Panditji. Outside of Chaplaincy Kamlesh is involved in the local Council. Kamlesh
Peggy Peggy Ludlow, Christian Chaplain, appointed by the Christian faith community, represented by the Diocese of Gloucester, and has been the College Chaplain at Stroud for some years. She is Vicar of Rodborough in addition to a number of other Churches in the Stroud area.

Valerie Russell Emmott, Volunteer Jewish Chaplain, was appointed in June 2013 by the Jewish faith community, represented by Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation. Valerie is a member of the Bristol Inter-Faith Group where she is Vice Chairperson. Valerie hold many community positions and is the Equality Manager for the University of West of England.

Gen Kelsang Chonden, Volunteer Buddhist Chaplain, appointed in June 2013 by the Buddhist faith community represented by the Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Bristol, where Chonden is Resident Teacher.

The Chaplaincy is a place of hospitality, support, dialogue and reflection.

Visit the Chaplaincy Website.