Spiritual Care

Speak Life reached A MILLION people online in the month before Christmas with its various videos. 1700 interested enquirers requested a book about the true meaning of Christmas, and there were over 100 000 downloads on our podcast equipping Christians to share their faith. Glen spoke at hundreds of events to Christians and non-Christians. Dozens have made professions of faith at these events.

Spinnaker speaks to about 3500 children in the area, on average about 2000 a fortnight. We would be keen to flag up the fact that the quality of the input/relationship is more significant than numbers by crisis intervention and advice.

Food and Advocacy

Foodbank feed 850 people on average each month and have provided 485,000 meals since 2011.

The Foodbank Advocacy Team helped 1,800 people last year through our Advocacy Team with a wide range of welfare benefit issues.

Fatfleshed Ministry: 1590 home-cooked meals each year and 1140 breakfasts to the Town’s most vulnerable men and women, provision of survival quality sleeping bags, some provision of emergency B&B accommodation.

Helping people into employment

Hope Woodwork (a Kingdom Way Trust project) provides a non-threatening environment that equips people for work, a place to help restore self worth and build confidence. In the last 2.5 years (since 1st October 2015) 48 individuals have taken up work placements with the project, learning new workplace skills and gaining in confidence and self-esteem.

People Matter operates in 4 locations – 17 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne Library, Wealden Council Offices and St Elisabeth’s Church Centre. Last year PM ran 838 new 1-2-1 sessions; 38 people achieved the Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate; 42 “Getting a Job” workshops; 58 individual appointments with our business adviser; and 141 people found employment.

Children, Youth and Family support

Family Contact Centre uses the premises at Gateway Church to enable contact between parents and children where parents have separated or where there are court orders attached to contact arrangements. Currently we have 8 families using the Family Contact Centre, with 14 volunteers.

Fegans: counsel 400 children every week, 49 of which are in Eastbourne where we are based in 8 Eastbourne Schools, and which and are now part of the NHS care pathway. We have a waiting list of 26 for our office based services and about the same for the schools making a total of over 52 waiting.

Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre: In 2017 …
– 200 clients used the Counselling Service
– 450 clients used the Advice Service.
Clients came for support with benefits (57%), form filling (24%), advice (21%), appeals (12%), money debt advice (27%). Other areas (16%) , include issues with housing, employment, legal, pensions, consumer issues, immigration issue, community issues and education.

Community engagement

Community Wise: Average footfall is 4500+ people of all ages each month at Community Wise.

Quicken Trust:  QT team engage with schools and churches in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas, helping people think about people in the wider world.

Street Pastors operated for 2,500 plus patrol hours, during which over 1,100 pairs of flip-flops, 1,700 bottles of water and in excess of 4,000 lollipops were given out, and 3000 conversations undertaken. SP also gave extensive help to over 160 people including dealing with 25 seriously anti-social incidents, in cooperation with members of the Council, Police, Eastbourne Safety Partnership, other Night Time Economy personnel and others.

Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA
– Many youth & community programmes: clubs, football, youth centre
– Counselling, IAG, sex ed, Wise Up, Shine in schools
– Action Zone: activities and fitness in Care Homes
– 36 high risk housing units, 3 for care leavers, 29 move on units.-
– Youth Chaplaincy

Homelessness and Addiction

Hope into Action Eastbourne (a Kingdom Way Trust project) provides supported accommodation, always in partnership with a local church. We currently have 1 house which is home to 2 women, supported by KWT staff in partnership with trained volunteers from a local church. We are currently in the process of opening a second house for 2 individuals, to be supported by volunteers from another church. We also have a block of 8 single occupancy flats occupied by a mix of male and female residents requiring differing levels of support.

The Matthew 25 Mission cares for 40-60 of the town’s most vulnerable people every day (of which some 24% are street homeless). In 2017 Matthew 25 had 11,000 visits from guests (83% male: 17% female), served 13,200 free hot meals served (6,900 breakfasts: 6,300 dinners), found homes for 21 people, issued Eastbourne Foodbank Food Vouchers to 390 people and made 500 referrals to the Foodbank Advocacy Service for guidance on benefits and housing.

The Bridge (Kingdom Way Trust supported accommodation) is home to 6 men who want to turn their lives around. We thank God for each resident of the supported house and the progress they are making. Pray for wisdom for the staff and volunteers in supporting each resident on their journey as they overcome issues from the past.

Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter. 7th Season: 2017/18
Total potential guests interviewed 65
Total accepted into the shelter 59
Total arrived and admitted 41
Number of exclusions 1
Number of bed nights given 955
Number helped with accommodation 20
Number of volunteer hours 5327

Volunteering to date
Since 1st December 2011, 670 individuals (74 new in 2017/18 and 68 new in 2016/17) from 40 churches (and some not part of a church) have staffed 1926 shifts over 642 nights at an average of between 4 and 5 volunteers per shift. This equates to approximately 40,300 volunteer hours.


Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team works with 35 people on average each month suffering from relational poverty, unhelpful legislation, fractured family life and addictions.