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Online Faculty System surgery sessions
Thu 22 November, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
As many of you will already be aware that the Church in Wales has invested in a new Online Faculty System (OFS) that is already in use in 4 dioceses across Wales and is very similar to that used throughout the Church of England.
The OFS can be found here: https://churchheritagecymru.org.uk/Secure/Register.aspx?returnurl=%2fchurches and all you need to do is register to start using it.
ADVANTAGES OF OFS
The system will offer huge advantages compared to the old paper system, particularly that it is fully transparent. Once you have submitted an application you will be able to log in and see where it is at any time during the process.
In addition to offering an online system, OFS also allows for some simplification of the faculty process so that minor works no longer need to go through DAC meetings and permission can therefore be given more promptly.
Without doubt, OFS will be significant step forward which will make the faculty system more user-friendly although its roll out in the Diocese of Monmouth was postponed until we recruited our new DAC Secretary.
Stephen Peel (former Senior Conservation Officer at Torfaen) is now in post as our DAC Secretary and we are keen to take advantage of this system as soon as possible. Therefore, all faculty applications submitted after 13th August will need to be submitted on online. After that date we will be unable to accept paper applications because of the administrative changes required by the OFS system do not allow for a cross over period.
To ensure that you are supported through this changeover, the Church in Wales are offering to run training sessions until the end of 2019 throughout our Diocese. Stephen will also be at each of these events, so it will be a good chance for him to meet you.
Booking is essential for all these events and will need to be done at least a week in advance. We will send through reminders for these nearer the time. Please e-mail Lisa Sheppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book a place for any of these training sessions.
In addition to the training, Stephen will be offering ‘surgery sessions’ in the Diocesan Office in Newport.
On these dates you will be able to book you an hour slot where he’ll guide you through the process and help you fill in your application. If these are popular then we will happily arrange more.
For quicker enquires Stephen can be contacted at the Diocesan Office either by e-mail email@example.com or by telephone on 01633 267490.
The Church in Wales has written very detailed guidance that explains every part of the process. These can all be found here https://churchheritagecymru.org.uk/user-guides