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"They do outstanding work with some of the most vulnerable people in our society." - Bishop Mike of Bristol.

Crisis Centre Ministries, or 'CCM', is a Christian charity that helps the homeless and people affected by drug-addiction in Bristol, England. We do this by running four main projects:

The Wild Goose is a drop in centre that serves tens of thousands of hot free meals every year, staff help hundreds of people into emergency and supported accomodation as well as providing other practical support.

The LITE Course (Life-Skills and Initial Training for Employment) aims to build confidence and develop the potential of people who have been in addiction, or who suffer with mental health problems, and who have been long term under-employed.

East Bristol Foodbank is a project that provides food parcels to people who have been referred by front-line care professionals such as doctors, social workers or through job centres.

Spring Of Hope Ladies' Night Shelter provides eight emergency self-referral beds in a safe place for women who may otherwise have nowhere to go.

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Latest News


Important Public Statement [21/07/14]


Paul
Crisis Centre Ministries is a very different organisation from fourteen years ago when Paul Hazelden joined us, having grown in size, complexity and standards. Much of the credit for this is due to Paul.

We are now at the beginning of a new season needing a different set of leadership skills, so, with great sadness we have agreed that Paul's time at Crisis Centre Ministries has come to an end. Paul has achieved a great deal in his time, and will leave a substantial foundation of wonderful work, and it will be very hard to find his replacement.

CCM send Paul their best wishes for the future, he will be badly missed. We are grateful to Paul for the years of dedicated service he has given, for his integrity and burning desire for the work of the Lord, and we recognise the many clients who have been touched as a result.

Wilderness Camping! [28/05/14]

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Stef Roberts, a 27 year old Bristol motion designer, is camping in the wilderness for the month of May to experience homelessness and to raise money for the Crisis Centre! Read all about his motivations and experience so far here on Stef's blog

Read the Stef Roberts interview here


If you'd like to sponsor Stef please do! Here's the link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/intothewild

Spring of Hope OPEN! [27/05/14]

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On Monday 19th May 2014, Spring of Hope Womens' Night Shelter open their door to the homeless women in Bristol at:

71 West Street, Old Market, Bristol.

It was an exciting night for the Spring of Hope team, operating from our new premises for the first time. The service users coming through the shelter door were just amazed and excited at the surroundings which the new premises afford. It is wonderful to have their own space where they can make themselves at home.

We will still be opening our doors four nights a week: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00pm until 8:00am.

I would like to share even more exciting news! Spring of Hope's Grand Opening for the new building happens officially on Saturday 14th June 2014 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm

Please come along and join us in celebrating our new gift with staff members, volunteers, the board of trustees and official guests, George Ferguson (Mayor of Bristol) and Stephen Williams (Lib Dem MP for West Bristol).

We would like to thank all those who have made this possible and give you a chance to have a look around.

Wild Goose Manager [16/05/14]

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We are pleased to announce that Jonnie Angel has offically succeeded Alan Goddard and is now the offical Wild Goose Manager. Jonnie was the deputy manager and we re sure he will do a great job in this new role.

Bristol 10K [13/05/15]

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We would like to thank the 12 CCM supporters who ran the Bristol 10K on behalf of Crisis Centre Ministries. A slightly drizzly day greeted the runners on Sunday 11 May but nothing was going to deter their spirits. The group was in bright spirits as we gathered at the event. A big thank you to those who took part.

Share Your Faith [30/04/14]

We are inviting you to join us in a practical and interactive training seminar aimed at helping you share your faith in a clear, simple and attractive way that is natural and comfortable for you and enjoyable for the people you are talking with.

The seminar will run twice, so you can attend either one:

The cost (if you do not volunteer with us) is £6 in advance or £7 on the door. This covers refreshments and a full set of notes.

There is more information and a booking form on the Share Your Faith page of the BCAN web site.

To book, please contact the CCM office or fill in and return the booking form.

May StreetWise [29/04/14]

We were planning to start sending out the May edition of StreetWise in the next few days, but our normal plans are on hold for a while while we deal with the consequences of the break-in

We will start sending out StreetWise as quickly as we can, but in the meantime you can read or download the May 2014 StreetWise to catch up with the other things which have been happening.

Break-in [28/04/14]

On Sunday afternoon, Jonnie came in to cook the meals for Sunday evening and discovered that our offices upstairs had been broken into.

The petty cash tins and a few other small items had been taken, but the main problem is that the office doors had been kicked in.

We had to shut the Wild Goose and the Spring of Hope on Sunday night. Today - Monday - we have been able to re-open the Wild Goose, but the Spring of Hope will probably not be functining again all week until we can make the upstairs rooms secure again.

We ask for your prayers and patience during this difficult time.

2014 Sleep Out [03/03/14]

We would like to express our deepest thanks to everybody involved in the 'Supporting the Homeless' Sleep Out this year. It was a tremendous success, and with your help and cooperation it all went incredibly smoothly.

Most especially, thank you for your prayers: despite the recent downpours, the grass was not too waterlogged to use, it did not rain at all during the night and it was not too cold either.

Possibly the most significant thing to report is that there was really nothing to report: everything went more or less to plan, most of the reporters arrived as promised, the participants turned up, food and drink was served, people settled down and we had a quiet night. Nobody needed the services of the St John Ambulance people and no foxes appeared to steal anybody's shoes.

You have probably heard that we had around 150 participants from 19 organisations, and between us we raised a minimum of £20,000 - this figure may well rise significantly over the next few weeks, as several people and groups were unable to tell us the minimum amount raised, and a good number were expecting their total to rise over the next few weeks.

We are trying to collect the stories and pictures from people who took part, so if you can send us or point us to anything about the event, we would be very grateful. Thank you.

February StreetWise [03/02/14]

We sent out the latest edition of StreetWise last week, so they should have arrived through your letterbox. If your copy has not turned up in the next few days, please let us know. However, you can read it online or download it to your computer by following this this link to the February 2014 StreetWise.

Christmas Closing / Opening Times [18/12/13]

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The Wild Goose:
CLOSED Sunday 22nd Dec (evening)
OPEN Monday 23rd Dec 09:00-11:00am (Breakfast only)
CLOSED Frome Monday 23rd Dec 11:00am to end of Wednesday 01st Jan
OPEN again from Thursday 02nd Jan from 10:00am

The Spring of Hope Ladies Night Shelter:
Open throughout the Christmas / New Year period on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, from 22:00pm

Give a Car [26/11/13]

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Crisis Centre Ministries has partnered with fundraising initiative Giveacar, which can tow away your unwanted car and donate the profits to us - and it won't cost you anything!

Sleep Out 2014 [07/11/13]

Content Click on the image to find out how to get involved.

Video and Annual Report [30/10/13]

You can now watch the video we created for the 2013 AGM, giving updates on the past year from the Project Managers.

  • CCM Project Updates - October 2013

    The 2013 Annual Report and Accounts are also available for you to download. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office.

  • Annual Report and Accounts 2013, PDF (181Kb).
  • November StreetWise [23/10/13]

    We have just sent the latest edition of StreetWise to the printers. We should start sending it out early next week, but you can read it online or download it to your computer by following this link.

    October Bulletin [01/10/13]

    We have just sent out the October 2013 Bulletin (previously called our 'Prayer Letter'), which you can find by clicking here.

    100 Ladies! [05/09/13]

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    On the evening of Thursday 5 September we celebrated the 100th visitor to the Spring of Hope Ladies' Night Shelter - that is, 100 different ladies have spent one or more nights with us since we opened nearly two years ago.

    Without the Spring of Hope, on the two nights each week when the Julian Trust does not open, homeless women would face spending the long cold hours of the night alone and fearful. And when the Julian Trust is open, it is often full, and without the Spring of Hope the unlucky women would face the dangers of sleeping rough.

    The Spring of Hope Ladies' Night Shelter has provided a wide range of practical assistance to many of these women, and each one of them found safety, comfort and companionship with Val and her team when they spent the night with us. We are really pleased we could help them!

    September Prayer Letter [05/09/13]

    We have just sent out the September 2013 Prayer Letter, which you can find on the news page, or by clicking here.

    The CCM Allotment [04/06/13]

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    Many thanks to our friends from St Nicholas of Tolentino (down the road from CCM) who have very kindly donated an allotment patch at the Stapleton Allotment. Esther is coordinating the "Allotment team" which will provide some hands on training and gardening therapy for Spring of hope women, LITE students and clients from the Wild Goose.

    The plan is to run two allotment visits a week on Mondays and Fridays. If you would like to be involved then contact Esther esther@crisis-centre.org.uk or phone her via the CCM office. Donations of good gardening equipment (or even wellies) would be appreciated.

    We will have more photos to show soon, and our very own "Allotment page" on the website. In the pic above you can see (left to right) the plot, a LITE student working hard, the canes in the runner beans bed and the sorted out shed.

    Bristol 10K raises £6000+ for CCM [16/05/13]

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    On Sunday 5th May Jonnie "the Gazelle" (staff), Clare (Trustee), Stu (Staff), Zac (Jonnie's son) and Andy "Cool n Stylish" (Trustee) ran the Bristol 10k aided by support from Kev, Yan and Karen. Together, with other CCM supporters who raised money for us, we will have raised over £6000. Many thanks to all who supported and donated. Jonnie and Zac get the "fastest runners" awards, Andy must get the "Coolest runner" award, Clare the most "Elegent Runner" and Stu gets the "most pained expression" award! Join us next year and lets see if we can raise 10k doing the 10k. If people want to continue to give to support our efforts that would be much appreciated. Click on the Donate button above.

    May 2013 edition of StreetWise available to download [16/05/13]

    StreetWise

    The latest edition of StreetWise has been sent out to our supporters. It is full of updates from the projects, testimonies, information about future developments and events for your diary.

    It is available to download from this link (15 MB).





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