Compassion

“Making love look like something…”

We are passionate about making love look like something, and bringing life to Ashford- so working in the local community to support and empower people, helps us to do just that! Everyone is welcome to access our services, you don’t have to believe to belong.

We want to see people become the best version of themselves that they can be, and sometimes that starts with a bit of practical help such as interview clothing, hot meals or a mentor. We have several ways to help and support people in Ashford, and so whether you’re looking for help, referring someone else, or want to volunteer with us, we’d love to meet you and get to know you. Have a look at what we currently have running at the moment and do get in touch if you would like any further information.

Renew is a new project for Ashford, which has a vision to ensure that all families have the food and provisions they need. In addition to everyday essentials, families will find a new vision for themselves, which is one of abundance – abundance of food and finance, which ultimately leads to a lasting stability.

Renew is open at the Warehouse – Monday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm.

The Warehouse still remains open from 9:00 – 12:30 Monday-Friday. There will be a warm (but physically distant!) welcome from whoever is on Reception, but we will be limiting the numbers of visitors coming in at any one time and observing strict hygiene protocols in order to keep people healthy whilst accessing everyday essentials.

We have free Family Food Bank boxes available for those who are in need of emergency food.

Mummys Meals will be operating as normal, although delivery may have to look a little more impersonal. Please refer families as you usually would, and not just consider people self-isolating.

Our projects continue to rely on an amazing team of volunteers and food and clothes donations which we are continuing to receive gladly.

If you have any queries, referrals, or just want to know if we can help, then please call 01233 331919 or email compassion@ashfordvineyard.org.

As well as for our clients, we will be praying for all workers and professionals across Ashford, and the offer of dropping in to The Warehouse for a cuppa is open to anyone who needs a place of peace and calm; do come by if you need to. Thank you for your commitment to the people of Ashford.

With love,

Renee (AV Compassion Projects Manager)



These are the Compassion projects we offer

Mummy’s Meals

Mummy’s Meals offers support in the form of cooked meals delivered to your house for a week. Whether you’re a new parent who could do with having one less thing to think about as you get used to family life or you need some help to get back on your feet having been ill or suffering financial struggles, we would love to help!

Storehouse

Storehouse offers children’s and baby clothes and equipment free of charge to anyone who needs them. Based at The Warehouse, you can make an appointment to come and see us by emailing storehouse@ashfordvineyard.org.

XL-Mentoring

XL Mentoring is a national programme that provides mentors to school children between 11 and 16 to build confidence and enable them to reach their full potential. At Ashford Vineyard we train mentors and link each mentor to a young person who will meet with them each week and invest in their life. If you would like to refer a young person or find out more about becoming a mentor you can email our team who would love to hear from you.

Compassion Café

Compassion Café is open 10am – 12pm on the last Saturday of each month at The Warehouse. All of the AV Compassion projects are represented and there’s space for the kids while you enjoy a cuppa and some homemade cake. Whether you’d just like to come for a cup of tea, read the papers or are looking for some support, we would love to meet you.

Renew

We desire to see families thrive and believe for the absolute best for themselves and their future generations. By becoming a member of Renew, people will be able to access food and other provisions for their family at a vastly reduced cost, whilst accessing one to one, personalised support to reach goals set by members themselves. Once goals are set, we will ensure that someone walks alongside each family, cheering them on and encouraging them as they step into a renewed vision for their lives.

Open Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 12pm at the Warehouse.

AV Compassion Partners

CAP

We are proud to be linked with CAP: Christians Against Poverty, in Ashford. CAP offers free, impartial advice and support to become debt free. You can get in touch with CAP on 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment with a debt coach in Ashford.

FareShare

FareShare Kent is a member of the national FareShare network. They began operations in July 2014, ensuring good quality surplus food in Kent doesn’t go to waste and instead goes to local community and charitable organisations to help them with their work.

www.faresharekent.org.uk

 

Plurenden Manor Farm

Ashford Borough Council

If you are a professional looking to refer someone, you yourself need to access one of our Compassion services, you would like to volunteer with us, or you would just like to find out more information, get in touch via the form below. We’d love to hear from you!

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