Here at the Coventry Jesus Centre we offer a welcome to people with many and varied needs and we can’t hope to meet all those needs ourselves. Thankfully Coventry has a strong network of charities and specialist agencies that provide a safety net for those who are struggling in some way. We are able to signpost people to the right place and advocate for them if necessary. Some agencies such as the Anchor Centre Nurse and Dental Health Advisor come into the Centre to provide help here. Still others, such as YWAM and Marpe, provide volunteers to work alongside us in our ESOL classes and Your Space afternoons. Together we make a safety net for those who might otherwise fall through the gaps.
Between January 2017 and July 2018 the Jesus Centre working with agencies has:
Enabled outreach sessions for 5 agencies
Signposted to over 20 agencies
Enabled 160 nurse consultations
Enabled 49 dental consultations
Input 5 local forums and networks
It has been my privilege to attend The Bridge Drop-in on alternate Tuesdays as an outreach nurse from The Anchor Centre. I offer health care advice and signposting to The Anchor Centre to those homeless and vulnerable people that may need GP services but have found it hard to access these services elsewhere.
I have been attending the Drop-in since February 2017 and have built some good relationships with clients. I feel that the clients have started to build trust in me and will now share concerns they may have. Following some recent TB outbreaks in Coventry, we are working together to also promote TB screening and answer any queries
I visit the Bridge Drop-in every 2 or 3 months. In general my visits are to meet and discuss general mouth care with clients, signposting to general dental practitioners within Coventry. I have lists of local dental practices and leaflets regarding mouth care. As part of the Community Dental Service we also have a dental referral service for clients with complex medical histories or who have not accessed dental services for a long time due to their dental fears.
One particular story stands out. After visiting for several years and getting to know Sarah (not her real name) eventually I got her seen within the Community Dental Service. It wasn’t straightforward. She was referred in several times but then missed appointments. After many visits and discussions with her we worked together making sure she knew when her appointments were, sorted out how best to remind her and even met with her for the first appointment. Once in the Service, treatment was completed over a period of time. Sarah has gone from a painful to pain free mouth and boosted her self-confidence.
I have done outreach work previously for drug and alcohol services and the Homeless service so I appreciate the benefits for patients by maintaining a connection with yourselves and how valuable this is.
A group from Marpe Assembly have been volunteering in Your Space for some time. Susan said “I love coming here because I meet and speak with different people, especially those who haven’t had the opportunity to grow up with love. We help people build confidence within themselves and bring them peace, love and joy from our Lord Jesus Christ.”