What we do
We work with and for the poor and needy in our community. Our aim is to offer support to those who may be struggling with issues such as loneliness, addiction, separation, low self-esteem or just find it difficult to fit into a hectic world.
We start by listening
All the projects we run start in the same way – by listening to people. This is how we learn their story, see what has brought them to us, then work out a way to assist them as best we can.
Sometimes it’s simply a matter of assisting with some food from the foodbank. Maybe getting them some furniture or inviting them to our drop in or Saturday lunch. Perhaps advising them of what other agencies may be able to offer them. Or simply putting the kettle on having a chat about whatever. It could be that some folk just need to let off steam or cry over what has brought them to this place in life’s journey. So we try to be fluid, approachable, ready and happy to roll along with what they need right here, right now!
This project has a two fold benefit;
Firstly, we are able to provide good quality second hand furniture to folk who really have very little, possibly coming out of La Moye Prison or The Shelter. Some may simply be struggling to purchase something that has worn out. We are occasionally able to assist someone moving on from Women’s refuge.
Secondly, it provides a chance for lads to help us out, come out in the van, get out of town, have a reason to get up tomorrow morning. It also allows us at Grace Trust to get alongside them in a working environment.
Assistance in court and prison visits
It can be a difficult time having to appear in court. If requested we can come along just to be a familiar face and offer a bit of support, simply being there for someone can help them stay a little calmer and not feel alone or let the occasion get on top of them.
We also offer “Professional visits” to the Prison, though only on request. This is for those we may have come into contact with prior to sentencing or through the “Marketplace” a service provided for the inmates by La Moye Prison to assist them upon release.