to people with life-disrupting problems
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.
If you would like to donate to CCM, please click on the 'Donate' button. Thank you to all our donors and volunteers for their continued support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can now watch the video we created for the 2013 AGM, giving updates on the past year from the Project Managers.
The 2013 Annual Report and Accounts are also available for you to download. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office.
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.
We have just sent out the October 2013 Bulletin (previously called our 'Prayer Letter'), which you can find by clicking here.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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).