VINEYARD COMPASSION

PARTNER

GP Bed Spaces
18

RESIDENTS 2020

Volunteering
Moved on into
independent living
20
%
75
%
"We love partnering with Green Pastures. This has enabled us to offer Emergency Accommodation to those in a housing crisis and the privilege of supporting residents as they rebuild their lives and move on into permanent tenancies."
Rhonda Irvine, Emergency Housing Manager

Overview

Our vision is to have a transformed and thriving community where poverty is uncommon and unacceptable. Our mission is to provide people with practical, emotional and financial support at their crisis points of need while also empowering them to tackle the underlying root causes of poverty. We are based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and our aim is to support people 'from crisis to full potential'. We've launched a range of community-based projects that offer a holistic approach to tackling poverty and its underlying root causes. We take a multi-faceted approach in addressing these complex issues to maximise the potential for lasting community transformation.

Achieved to date

In 2020 Vineyard Compassion Provided 11,345 Client Support Sessions, 102 families have been assisted to become debt free since 2010; Between 2015-2020 a total of 63 people have been housed within the Compassion Housing Scheme. In 2020, 19 people were supported on the Link work placement programme. In 2018 19,835 emergency meals were provided to 2,204 people.

Why we do this

Recognising the significant deprivation in the local area and with a desire to encourage and empower vulnerable people to overcome poverty and crisis, Vineyard Compassion was established. The charity launched a range of community-based projects that offer a holistic approach to tackling poverty and its underlying root causes. Vineyard Compassion takes a multi-faceted approach in addressing these complex issues to maximise the potential for lasting community transformation. Projects have been developed ever since the first Compassion Christmas Dinner in 2001 with the charity formally established in March 2012.

Future Plans

To have a transformed and thriving community where poverty is uncommon and unacceptable

green pastures review

It was with great excitement that we were contacted by Vineyard Compassion to buy a whole street of houses to house the homeless in Coleraine. We weren't able to purchase the street of houses but we did then find these 12 flats at Portrush Road which is a fantastic opportunity. There have been three managers of this site since our purchase and each one has done a fantastic job in getting the project established, residents communicating well with one another and providing opportunities for single men and small families to be able to access emergency accommodation and more permanent accommodation within the Coleraine area. As a result of this housing project, Vineyard Compassion have been able to have detailed conversations with the Housing Executive about further provision and we have had many Green Pastures partners or prospective partners come to visit the flats to see this project as a model with how supported housing can take place. It's been a total pleasure to be working with Ricky and Miriam over the years on this project and we look forward to the continued efforts to address the great need in this area.

contact

Miriam McAllister

T:

028 70220005

A:

10 Hillmans Way, Ballycastle Road, BT52 2ED

location

GP BEDS

18

other beds

0

partnership est.

Apr 2013

CHURCHES INVOLVED

1