Volunteers undertake all of the work of the charity and these are greatly valued. More will always be needed to come forward if the work is to continue and to be developed further. We now have a permanent centre with washing and laundry facilities and other remedial support. For a more permanent overnight centre Grantham Poverty Concern is looking towards partnership with the local authority and has a representative presence on South Kesteven District Council homelessness forum as well as being part of Homeless Link. Homeless Link is a group of charities dedicated to ending homelessness and more information can be found on their website here.
Grantham Poverty Concern and The Passage is managed by a board of elected Trustees who oversee the direction, financial stability and ethos of the charity to ensure that all those in need are helped to the best extent we can. Through the work of the Passage, several of our clients have risen out of their difficult situations to become volunteers themselves or gain full time employment.
If you are looking to volunteer at the Grantham Passage please fill in the form below and we will contact you.
A huge thank you to the Grantham Rotary who donated money to us from the 2017 Swimarathon. The money that you have donated will go to continuing the work that we do for our clients. The Swimarathon goes from strength to strength each year and we have been fortunate enough to be a benefactor. More information on the amazing work done by Grantham Rotary can be found here.
We provide assistance to our clients through support, outreach, emergency overnight accommodation and the provision of food parcels and gas / electricity top-up.
Providing support and assistance for the
of Grantham and surrounding area
The Passage provided over 10,000 meals to our clients last year for free, 365 days of the year. This ensures that the most vulnerable get at least one meal per day in a safe and warm environment.
To enable us to continue our work we are currently looking for volunteers to help at The Passage. At the moment we are specifically looking for people who can assist the Passage on a Tuesday night. If you think you can spare some time, please contact us via the form below. Volunteering is always busy with plenty to do whilst you are at the meal but full support and guidance will be given by experienced volunteers whilst you are with us. There are a variety of roles to fill so please let us know.
All our volunteers go onto a rota system as frequently or infrequently as you can spare the time. The rota is done 3 months in advance and we are always mindful of holidays and the times when you cannot attend!
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Grantham & District Poverty Concern Group was formed in 2001 by Ruby Stuckey MBE to support vulnerable members of the local community and its aims continue to be the relief of both poverty and homelessness. It incorporates the Grantham Passage ("The Passage") which offers through various churches in Grantham on seven days a week a safe and non-judgmental meeting place, company, hot food and drink, assistance with access to services, responsible agencies and other community support. It maintains an ‘open door' policy whereby assistance is given, after inquiry, to any applicant accepted as otherwise destitute or in need of support.
Wherever possible, direct financial assistance is avoided and help is given in the form of food vouchers or utility card credit. Short-term emergency shelter can also be arranged, and clothing, sleeping bags and tents are regularly distributed to those in need.
Grantham Poverty Concern and Grantham Passage have found that there are a small but persistent number of people in Grantham without shelter of any kind and there is also a significant number more who ‘sofa surf’. The help and support provided represents a way back for those who have fallen on hard times for whatever reason, the main conditions include mental health issues, dependency on drugs or alcohol, ex-offending, eviction, break-up with partner and many are struggling to overcome substance abuse. Families account for a proportion of our service users and approximately 30 clients attend each session of the Passage. Our support is provided 365 days a year for our clients to ensure that there are no days that they are without food or support.
Grantham Poverty Concern and Grantham Passage are entirely funded by donations and staffed entirely by volunteers. We do not receive any financial assistance from the local Council, national agency or other sources to continue our work.
Monday - 09:30 to 11:30 - Grantham Methodist Chapel - located at Finkin Street, Grantham
Tuesday - 18:00 - 19:00 - Grantham Baptist Church - located next to the Bus Station, Grantham
Wednesday - 09:30 to 11:30 - Grantham Passage Resource Centre - located at St.Marys Catholic Church (opposite Asda), Grantham
Thursday - 11:30 to 13:00 - Same location as Wednesday
Friday - As Monday
Saturday - As Wednesday
Sunday - 09:00 to 11:00 - Seventh Day Adventist Church - located on Dudley Road, Grantham
Now our resource centre is open, our clients have the ability to shower and wash their clothes. We are also looking to start other assistance for computer use and benefits advice.