SERVICES STRATEGY (COVID-19 RESPONSE)

NEW PROJECTS SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A BUILDING BASED SERVICE

At a time when it is no longer safe to run building-based services, Jesus Centre staff are collaborating and are working diligently to adapt existing services and develop new projects for people in social and economic hardship.  Our plan is to channel our resources where they are most needed and to continue to support the homeless, elderly and refugees who are struggling even more throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Strategy to fulfil our mission

Although our building-based services are temporarily suspended, the current crisis has created an opportunity to reshape, develop and improve our strategy to fulfil our mission of restoring dignity and creating community. Through this season of uncertainty and change, our service strategy will focus on two key areas in particular: resources and relationships.

 

 Restoring Dignity (resources)

  • The challenge  – The pandemic poses a serious threat to basic human dignity. With imposed curfews and mass closure of services, the homeless population and the vulnerably housed will experience a crisis of resource on an almost daily basis.
  • Our solution – Across both our London and Midlands services, we are commissioning the services the REACT project: The Rapid Engagement and Crisis Team  (REACT) will operate a helpline and provide support worker services to help clients access the resources they will need to survive in the current environment.

 

 Creating Community (relationships)

  • The challenge –  The pandemic poses a critical threat to social cohesion, community life and emotional well-being. Refugees, migrants and the over 65’s,  will be particularly vulnerable to the crisis of relationship created by social distancing, enforced curfews and an absence of building public meeting places.
  • Our solution – We are commissioning Lets Talk – a network of online ESOL & conversation classes,  support groups and a listening support helpline services.

Both React and Let’s Talk will build on and re-shape the core elements of our existing services.  Please click here for a spotlight on some of our core services and how they will be remodelled to serve our clients throughout the corona crisis.

We appreciate your support and patience during these challenging times.

Jon-Jon Hilton

Services Manager

Jesus Centres Trust

The Continuing Work of JCT

For the Centres and satellite services around the country, our work with people in need continues and is more necessary than ever in the face of the many homeless, vulnerably housed and socially isolated people who come to us for support accessing our services to help them lead more fulfilling and sustainable lives.

We want to thank our friends and supporters, all churches, charitable trusts and members of the public, for their continued support now and over the years. The charity can continue to work only because staff and volunteers believe in the mission of the charity, and donors continue to give. We thank them all for their much-needed support helping our vulnerable client group.

The Vision

Jesus Centres are places where we provide services to restore dignity and create community. Friendship and help is available for every type of person. The homeless and disadvantaged find a particular welcome at Jesus Centres.

Friendship and Help

Our services include:

Open: Mon 9.15am –1:30pm; Tues–Fri 9:00-4:00pm; Sun 9:00am-10:30am.

 

Staff and Volunteers

Some of our staff and volunteers posing in front of our new Reception area, May 2017

We currently have 8 paid staff, mostly part-time, and around 60 volunteers.  Many of our volunteers are drawn from visitors who have accessed our services.  Others come from our own and other churches as an opportunity to serve.

We offer placements through DWP for people on ESA.

Feeling valued, being trained and interacting with others from all sorts of walks of life proves to be a life-enriching experience for our volunteers and staff.

 

Rooms for Hire

Gateway Hall

The Gateway Hall, Bridge Lounge and Conservatory are all available for regular and one off lettings.  Contact Faranak Shahini on 07873722025,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who like Numbers

Last year over 1600 individuals came to the Jesus Centre.

The Bridge Drop-in serves around 55 people per day (4 times a week).

In 2019 we recorded 1604 outcomes, where people have made progress in their lives.

156 students came to ESOL classes in  the academic year 2019/20.  They gained 466 outcomes including in-house certificates.

 

 

Working With Other Agencies

We are blessed in Coventry to have many other local services which we can refer people to and who send people to us.  This network includes the Salvation Army and Cyrenians who help people into accommodation, the Anchor Centre who provide NHS services, the Refugee and Migrant Centre.   The Anchor Centre provides a nurse outreach service fortnightly in the Bridge Drop-in. The Forgotten Feet charity provide podiatry services.

 

 

Our History

Jesus Centres were originally set up in 2002 in response to the rising need in the UK. There’s poverty, injustice, racial and social prejudice and family breakdown with significant numbers feeling marginalised and hurt. We want to restore their dignity and help them find a sense of community with friendship and practical help that makes a difference.

Ann Hawker outside the original garage building

Coventry was the first City to have a fully functioning Jesus Centre.  Built on the site of an old garage in Lamb Street, we opened in April 2002 with a daily drop-in for homeless and disadvantaged people, and a small cafe.

As you will see we have come a long way since those early days.