Our REACH ministries has three strands: FOOD, RELATIONSHIPS, & REFUGEES
Soup Run: on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sunday evenings each month, a team prepare and serve sandwiches for homeless men and women, meeting in Poole town centre.
Poole Food Bank provide 3 days’ worth of food to those who are in crisis and have no money for food. To access a food parcel a voucher must first be obtained from a local agency such as a local GP surgery, the council or CAB.
Foodbank Cookery Classes: these 6-week courses aim to encourage healthy, balanced eating, teach basic cooking skills, and nurture a sense of community amongst the participants.
Community Meal: 1st Wednesday of every month. A community lunch for some of the more isolated members of the local community.
Flu Jab Clinic Café: a free cup of coffee and slice of cake for those who have just had their annual flu jab at one of our neighbouring surgeries.
The Café @ SML: Every Thursday from 10am – 12pm
SMILE Connect is a community group and support network for lone parent families. A dedicated team of volunteers have made SMILE Connect a place of acceptance, love and fun! www.faithworkswessex.org.uk/lone-parent-families/
MARS stands for Modelling Active Relationship Skills. We are a charity that provides a series of workshops in schools to equip young people with vital relationship skills, enabling them to build and sustain positive relationships in all areas of life. www.themarstrust.co.uk
We have recently collected special 'care packs’ for Samara’s Aid, which seek the relief of suffering through the provision of humanitarian aid in the Middle East and elsewhere
We have recently competed a third trip taking donati
ons to refugees camped in Northern France, and will be exploring how best to address the needs of refugees in Europe
We are part of a wider discussion with Churches Together in Poole as to how best meet the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in our local area
Advocacy & campaigns: as well as meeting practical needs, we wish to address structures and systems... we’re not sure what this looks like yet, so if you have ideas please get in touch!