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Those Who Help: The Jesus Centre


Reported by John

Published on Friday, June 14th, 2024

Service Delivery Support and Relationships
Audio Stories Reports

Those Who Help: The Jesus Centre


Written by John

Published on Friday, June 14th, 2024

Service Delivery

Support and Relationships

This is the fifth part of the Those Who Help series, the previous parts can be found herehere, here and here

 

 

Hello everyone. It’s John Chico. I am back again with another edition of Those Who Help, in which I talk about charitable people, groups, and organisations who aid people in Coventry who are facing socioeconomic issues in the city. So in this volume, I’ll be talking about the Jesus Centre, a charity that provides a variety of services such as a basic needs drop session, which is available to anyone who needs food, drink, laundry, use of phone and computer, and other support. I myself have used their services when I was experiencing homelessness, when I needed to get some food and even a haircut for free. It was one of the cornerstones to my wall of protection when I was in my most vulnerable.  And on that note, let me tell you how the Jesus Centre helps the people of Coventry.

Who are they?

The Jesus Centre, part of the Coventry Jesus Centre Network, is a charitable organisation dedicated to providing comprehensive support to individuals facing socioeconomic challenges in Coventry. Rooted in Christian values, the centre aims to offer practical help and a sense of community to those in need. They welcome anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, and provide a range of services designed to address both immediate needs and longer-term issues.

What do they do?

The Jesus Centre offers a variety of services aimed at meeting the basic needs of the community. Their drop-in sessions provide access to essential amenities such as food, drink, showers, and laundry facilities, and access to phones and computers. Additionally, they offer a range of support services, including advice and advocacy, helping individuals navigate social services, housing, and employment opportunities. The centre also provides educational, recreational activities, fostering a supportive environment where individuals can build skills and confidence.

Who do they help?

The Jesus Centre helps a diverse group of individuals, including those experiencing homelessness, people struggling with addiction, refugees, and asylum seekers, and anyone facing social isolation and economic hardship. Their services are designed to be inclusive, ensuring that everyone who comes through their door receives the support and respect they deserve. By addressing both immediate and underlying issues, the Jesus Centre aims to empower individuals to improve their circumstances and integrate more fully in the community.

What is their impact?

The impact of the Jesus Centre is profound, offering a lifeline to many in the Coventry area. Their holistic approach ensures that individuals receive not only the immediate help they need, but also the tools and support to make lasting changes in their lives. The Centre services help reduce homelessness, improve mental and physical health, and foster social, socioeconomic issues, but also tackle their root causes, contributing to a healthier, more resilient community. The impact of the Jesus Centre is so profound, offering a lifeline to many in need.

How do they help?

The Jesus Centre helps through a network of dedicated staff and volunteers who provide hands-on support and compassionate care. Their basic needs services, such as food and hygiene facilities, address immediate necessities while their advice and advocacy services, and services to help individuals navigate complex social systems. Educational programmes and recreational activities offer opportunities for personal growth and community engagement. By creating a welcoming and supportive environment, the Jesus Centre helps individuals regain their dignity and build a foundation for a better future.

How to support them?

Supporting the Jesus Centre can be done in several impactful ways. Financial donations are crucial for sustaining their wide range of services and can be made through their website. Volunteering is another significant way to support. Volunteers are needed to help with everything from serving meals and managing the drop-in sessions to providing specialised services such as counselling or educational workshops. Donations such as clothing, non-perishable food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies are always welcome and directly benefit those in need.

Additionally, raising awareness about the Jesus Centre’s work through social media, community events, or word of mouth, can help harness more support and engagement. Corporate partnerships and sponsorships provide another avenue for support, allowing businesses to align their social responsibility efforts with community service. Fundraising events, either organised individually or through community groups, can also play a vital role in supporting the Centre’s mission. Hosting charity runs a big sales of benefit concerts can raise essential funds and increase public awareness of the organisation’s impact.

Unfortunately, I was not able to find a website for them. However, they are on social media. You will see both links of their Instagram and X, formerly known as Twitter, on the article. But yes, one thing I do love about the Jesus Centre is the friendship and the community they have built for those in need in Coventry. That’s it for me today for this report. Thank you very much for listening. Have a lovely day.

 

To read the next part in the Those Who Help series, click here

Written by John


Hello everyone, my name is John Chikondewa Mpaso and I am 29 years old. I am from Harare, Zimbabwe and I have lived in England for 19 years now. Ever since moving to England in 2004, I have lived in Coventry, where I attended Secondary School and Sixth Form at Lyng Hall School. Currently I am an Outreach Officer for an organisation called ININI which focuses on providing mental health services to Migrant and Local Communities. I am also Commitee Secretary for an organisation called CARAG (Coventry Asylum Refugee Action Group), which specialises in providing a range of services for Migrants and Refugees living in Coventry and the West Midlands. I become involved with ListenUp!, through a recommendation by the previous Commitee Chair of CARAG Lorraine Mponela, who shared with the group the opportunity to become a Volunteer Community Journalist for Groundswell, who would be able to capture the stories, thoughts and ideas of people who are experiencing homelessness within the areas they are a living in. Due to my own experience with homelessness and that of the people that I work with and know personally, I believed that I was in the position to capture real life stories, real time that can legitimately describe the various issues that cause homelessness to the people that live in Coventry. I believe that it is my duty to tell the real story of the homeless crisis that is being faced by the people of Coventry, both migrant and native, as I hear and see their stories play out everyday and I believe that it is on fact on one big story, that needs to be shared with the world, so that we all may truly understand the true causes of homelessness, including the many dangers and hardship that it brings forth to the people that are experiencing it. The people that I work with are my biggest inspiration, as they come in many forms like colleagues, friends and family, which has shown me that what makes humanity one, is our thoughts and feelings. It is our actions and what we do for humanity that will truly create a change, and it is up to us to take on that responsibility. It's time to Listen Up! and Make a change.

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