Expert by Experience

22nd January 2019

Screaming in a field, homeless and alone, having his food stolen seemed the last straw to Darren.

Like many homeless people, relationship breakdown was the start of the downward spiral. After his marriage broke up, “I was an emotional wreck”, he says.  Suffering from depression he just gave up.  He lost benefits because he stopped signing on[...]

Life at Coventry Jesus Centre Jan 2019

17th January 2019

During September 2018 Coventry Jesus Centre welcomed our 17,000th different visitor in 16 years. No wonder we can't quite remember them all!

The Bridge Drop-in for homeless and disadvantaged people continues to be busy with over 50 people per session.  So many of our visitors really appreciate the chance to get warm, get a shower and clo[...]

Darren – a passion to help

4th September 2018

Darren Bird is our new Volunteer Co-ordinator whilst Miki Pandele is on maternity leave. Here he gives his thoughts on what volunteering means to him.

Carole: Hello Darren.  How long have you been volunteering here? Darren: Since February 2017.  I came from the Job Centre.  They said that the Jesus Centre was looking [...]

ESOL outing to Oxford

27th July 2018

Last Saturday, a party of our Jesus Centre students went on a trip to Oxford.

How many today? One, two , three …. twenty one, yes, twenty two in all.  Standing outside the Jesus Centre, we pile on two minibuses, all thanks to YWAM’s DTS Crossroads team who have been staying in Coventry for a month and have o[...]

Giving something back

14th June 2017

Volunteer Julia helps in the Jesus Centre kitchen one morning a week serving visitors with beans on toast and constantly replenishing the milk, squash, tea bags, coffee, sugar, bread and fruit, plus doing loads of washing up. She talks about what made her start volunteering.

“I heard about the need for voluntee[...]

Not Just Visitors Who Benefit: Volunteer Tony’s Story

14th November 2014
TONY, you work alongside some of society’s most vulnerable people: those who are homeless and/or have serious alcohol and drug addictions. How did life start for you? I was brought up in Beaumont Leys, a rough council estate in Leicester. My mum believed in God but it was my Christian grandma who was the really […]