The morning drop-in aims to meet the needs of those who are in crisis or homeless and to provide a welcome and connection to community. We look after up to 40 visitors each morning with about 6000 visits a year. Some drop in just for a few days and others remain almost permanently. On average our visitors stay with us for around 3 months before finding a way forward.
We try to address practical needs, but also to connect people with supportive community. Many who come to us in crisis return to volunteer, or they find positive social connection amongst us. Our strap line is ‘Help in Crisis, hope for life.’ We find that our welcoming, restorative community is a place where those who are lonely and marginalised can find healing more valuable than the practical support we offer. In serving those in need our volunteers are also transformed and so we try to provide benefit to our whole community and not just those in crisis. SOME STORIES
Opening hours are: Mon–Thurs 8.30 to 11.00 am.
(Easter, Christmas and summer closures:- we are closed for some of August ’16, dates to be posted )
Food & drink:
Complimentary tea/coffee, toast and toppings. Complimentary sandwiches from Pret-a-Manager and take away snacks from Graze. A 50 pence cooked breakfast for on Mondays & Wednesdays.
Washing, shaving and toilets:
Shower facilities with towels, soap and shaving toiletries. Volunteer hairdressors are available who give around 600 haircuts annually.
Clothing underwear and cold weather support:
Complimentary clothes and shoes/trainers when in stock and cold weather clothing and sleeping bags. We attend to around 2000 requests for clothing annually and give out hundreds of high quality army sleeping bags.
Complimentary internet access, four terminals available and free wifi. Free postal address and free use of telephones for support purposes.
In addition we are an outreach hub for external agencies such as Richmond’s homeless agency SPEAR, the C.A.B., RIRS ( Richmond integrated Recovery Services for drug and alcohol), medical and mental health agencies.
We regret that the Vineyard Community Centre and Church does not currently have full disability access and short flights of steps need negotiating, including access to a disabled toilet. A plan for full disability access is in progress.