The Passage would like to thank a number of organisations and individuals that have recently donated money, food and clothing to help the work that we do. Without your kind donations we would not be able to give so much back to our clients. We are very thankful for your generosity and thoughts towards the work that we do.
Brian and Mavis D - Clothing and toiletries that will be much needed coming up to winter
Hayley T - Warm clothing, shoes and tolietries. We offer our condolences for your loss and thank you for your donation
Chris S - For the donation of £100 towards our running costs
Marlene C - For the donation of £50 for the use of purchasing additional sleeping bags
Ancaster School - Many thanks for the incredibly generous donation of tinned food, cereals and toiletries. This will be distributed to our clients in food parcels and emergency food packages
Ancaster Church - For the donation of tinned food and toiletries
Sapperton Church - For the donation of £95 that wil be used to purchase items for the clietns to assist in the cold weather
Bakehouse Deli - For the lovely loaves of bread that were distributed to the clients and we look forward to working with you again in the future
Masonic Charitable Foundation - A huge thank you for your recent grant of £4,000 that will be put towards the opening of our centre during the afternoons and early evening for activities and further outreach. We are also considering overnight accomodation for clients that are street sleeping in the winter weather.
Grantham Baptist Church - For the food that has been given at Harvest Festival. We will distribute to a number of the Passages to ensure that all goes to the clients in most need
Local Company - We respect your wishes to remain anonymous and thank you for your £400 donation raised at your away day. This will provide many weeks worth of meals for our clients.
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.
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.
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.
We are planning to open the centre more often during the winter months to provide better care for our clients.
We provide assistance to our clients through support, outreach, warm clothing, sleeping bags and foil blankets and the provision of food parcels and gas / electricity top-ups. In extreme weather we also provide emergency B&B accommodation.
Providing support and assistance for the
of Grantham and surrounding area