Adrian Cullen

Evangelisation Coordinator, Agency for Evangelisation

Although I was familiar with the Diocese of Westminster through my voluntary role as deacon, taking on a full-time job at Vaughan House is something a bit different. Arriving on the first day was, as with all new starts, something to look forward to, even with a little nervousness about the unknown. However, I was given a warm welcome at the front door and in the office. My desk was prepared for me and there was an Induction schedule to help me get off to a safe and confident start. A tour of the building and a brief introduction to staff, although slightly overwhelming, did help to give me a sense that I belonged to something bigger than just my own area of responsibility; and it gave me confidence that at least people in the building knew I had arrived and had joined the team. Of course, I could not remember many names to start with, but having been around the other departments, gave me the opening I needed to say hello when I met other staff later on.

The building, Vaughan House, is pleasant enough with good facilities, accessible by the lift if needed. Tea and coffee is always available, which helps give a friendly atmosphere, as people will offer to do the drinks when it’s time for a break. The office doors are always open, with friendly staff calling in when needed; and visiting other departments is not a problem. Security is important, but visitors at the front door are always greeted by friendly and efficient receptionists.

In my department, the Agency for Evangelisation, we only have a few staff, who are frequently coming and going depending on what is happening on the day. All are friendly and get on with the work in hand, and readily engage in work-related and non-work conversation. I can get on with my work as needed, with unnecessary interruption, as there is awareness when each of us is busy; but there is also time to have a chat on shared matters.

Supervision has been good and staff meetings regular; and although there is a need to plan ahead as people are frequently away from the office, there is always opportunity and willingness to catch-up when needed in a less formal way.

The work of the Diocese does mean that we frequently see members of the clergy in the offices, but like all the staff, everyone is very friendly. If I need something, I usually know where to go or one of my colleagues will give me the necessary information and help in getting matters sorted out. There is a general openness in Vaughan House and in the other nearby offices which makes for a pleasant working atmosphere. And when there has been a social occasion, it has been fun to meet and talk with other staff.

My introduction to Vaughan House has been very pleasant, and working here continues to be great pleasure.