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.
Providing support and assistance for the
of Grantham and surrounding area
If you are concerned about a rough sleeper please contact either ourselves, SKDC or P3 Outreach team. SKDC can be contacted on 01476 406080 (590044 option 4 out of hours) or the P3 website is here
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.
Alternatively you can contact us on 07850 100340 for a chat or more information
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.
Grantham Poverty Concern - Registered Charity : 1060003
Grantham Passage is continually striving to improve and expand what we offer to the clients that use our services. With this in mind we are excited to announce the following news items!
Afternoon Club - We will be starting an afternoon club, to be held at our Resource Centre, that will feature different activities and learning sessions. Sessions will be things like cheap and cheerful cooking, board games, budgeting advice and other similar activities. These will be held on Wednesday starting from March 14th and will be free to all that register to attend. Tea and coffee will be available !
Soup and Sleep - Plans are in place to implement an overnight shelter in the Grantham area. This will run for two nights a week to provide a safe, warm and managed place where our rough sleepers can stay. There are still some stages to complete before this is up and running but a team is working hard to get this into place as soon as possible.
When this is in place it will provide an invaluable asset for the most vulnerable around the town. There is no provision for similar type accommodation in the Grantham area as the nearest shelter is in Lincoln.
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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. Places are not always immediately available but we will keep your details on file (with your permission) for when they do.
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
As we are entirely self funded it means a lot that we get so much help and such generous donations from a large range of individuals and businesses. The most recent thanks go to :
McCains, Grantham - For the donation of the many boxes of your products - our clients love them !
Asda, Grantham - For allowing us to have a recent charity bag packing that raised over £660
St.Wulframs Church, Grantham - Many thanks for organising the coat and warm clothing rack and allowing us to take items to distribute to our clients. Your kindness and generosity is very gratefully recieved.
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.