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Community and faith groups
The following groups provide services to communities in
Better Life Assembly
Better Life Assembly is an independent, non-denominational,
multi-ethnic church, blessed by Pastor Phillip Thomas. This
organisation helps young and older people connect and see the
purpose of God expressed in their lives. The church has embarked on
faith and community projects, including a student union and a
thriving youth ministry. Better Life Assembly hopes to be a
blessing to the community and the wider church body, making a
positive impact through events such as the Bruised to be Used
- 7pm - 8.30pm Prayer, Healing and Anointed Teaching (Bible
Better Life Assembly is a registered charity, number 1095131
Better Life Assembly
Phone: 01634 401500
Fax: 01634 540540
The depot on the Medway City Estate in Strood and the supporting
charity shops at:
27 Darnley Road
Kent ME2 2EU
16 High Street
Kent ME6 5AE
are part of a UK–wide Christian charity formed in 1966
(SC021848). It uses donated goods to support individuals,
communities, other organisations and partnership projects locally
and globally – helping needy people regardless of their ethnic
origins, religion or political beliefs.
The value of goods given away exceeds £30 million in the last
five years and it also distributes more than 100,000 gift
boxes donated as Christmas gifts for children, young people and
adults overseas, many of whom would otherwise receive no
The five staff are assisted by volunteers giving more
than 14,000 hours annually, supported by hundreds of local
people donating appropriate goods, such as clothes, shoes,
educational supplies, toys and much more.
To discuss how you can help, feel free to make contact at the
Resources Development Manager
32A Riverside 1
Sir Thomas Longley Road
Medway City Estate
Kent ME2 4DP
Phone: 01634 291411]
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Blythswood Care is a registered charity, number
Chattenden Community Projects (CCP)
Chattenden Community Projects (CCP) secured funding to turn
the local community centre into a thriving resource centre for
Chattenden and the local area.
One of the main aims of the group is to provide easier access to
education and learning across the Hoo Peninsula.
The premises at the Elmwood Resource Centre make this easier by
providing good access for disabled people, including a lift to take
people to the training suite.
Chattenden Community Projects
Elmwood Resource Centre
Kent ME3 8NB
Phone: 01634 338485
Churches Together in Medway (CTIM)
Churches Together in
Medway (CTIM) provides the means whereby the Christian religion
can be advanced through the running of ecumenical worship, events
- Schools Prayer Network;
- Watchman Wall Prayer;
- Medway Prayer events;
- Global Day of Prayer.
It also acts as a means whereby local churches in Medway can
support and encourage each other by distributing news and publicity
of local church events.
There are around 70 local churches and Christian organisations
77 Poplar Grove
Phone: 01622 758106
Churches Together in Medway is a registered charity, number
Gillingham Youth for Christ (YFC)
Gillingham YFC is a Christian-based organisation set up in 1997
by the local church. It has a drop-in centre in
Trafalgar Street, Gillingham which is open every afternoon from
3.15 to 5pm for young people between the ages of six and 13 years.
It welcomes young parents who want to meet other young people.
Gillingham YFC also runs evening youth clubs in Medway for 11 to
14 year-olds through the Detached Youth Work Teams. The youth clubs
provide positive activities for young people outside school hours.
The Gillingham YFC drop-in centre is open during holiday times and
the charity runs summer camps.
Gillingham Youth for Christ
133 Trafalgar Street
Kent, ME7 4RP
Phone: 01634 578128
Gillingham Youth for Christ is a registered charity, number
Hope in the Community Ltd (HitC)
The aim of HitC is to involve voluntary and community workers,
particularly in the faith sector, in a national strategy.
HitC aims to create and co-ordinate a network of regeneration
teams for access by churches and faith groups. The network would
build on existing work whenever possible and use and develop
existing key players.
HitC will work through both newly-formed and existing faith
community networks to:
- build capacity;
- deliver projects;
- share experience;
- promote good practice;
- research funding sources from local, national and European
- offer support for bringing together partnerships, writing
business plans, submitting bids and monitoring projects;
- offer continuing support in areas such as payroll and
- provide opportunities for strategic and regional initiatives,
including offering a framework for funding streams;
- evaluate successful bids and establish best practice.
Hope in the Community Ltd
c/o Under 1 Roof
5a New Road Avenue
Kent ME4 6BB
Phone: 01634 814240
Hope in the Community is a registered charity, number
Melville and Brompton Community Association
The Melville and Brompton Community Centre was set up in 1996 to
give local people easier access to facilities that they would not
normally have. These include:
- a parent and toddler group, where parents and children under
five years old can meet and play;
- an after school club, where the five to nine-year-olds can be
looked after if their parents are at work;
- a centre where adults can access training without having the
stress of going to college.
Monday to Friday, 9am-3.30pm.
The centre also opens some evenings.
Melville and Brompton Community Association
Kent ME4 4XP
Phone: 01634 826126
Strood Gospel Mission Church
This is a well-established church that has been on the same site
in Brompton Lane, Strood for more than 100 years. A wide range of
activities for all ages is available, as well as support for the
local community, for example, youth work and parenting classes.
Sunday worship takes place from 10 to 11.15am and from 6.30 to
7.40pm every week.
Enquiries and volunteers are welcome.
Rev David Clarke
1 Weston Road
Kent ME2 3EZ
Phone: 01634 718718
If you are a member of a voluntary or community organisation or
faith group and would like your details included on the Medway
Council website, please contact the Social Care Contracts Team at
the address below.
The Sunlight Centre
people are involved in the running and management of the centre and
the staff are dedicated to providing people with services that they
have said they want. The ICT facilities are open to all and the
staff want people to get as much out of the facilities as they
The centre accommodates and supports:
- all of the noise of its youth clubs;
- the peace and calmness of relaxation sessions;
- job searchers searching;
- those who want to spin out to jazz and organise a live jazz
- anyone who just fancies a fresh brew;
- kung-fu kicks;
- parent and toddler groups screaming with laughter.
The centre is proud of its ICT facilities that provide free
basic training and access to the web. It can provide formal
computer training or some friendly help in getting an email
account. Anyone who is already a whizz on the net can drop in
anytime for free access.
With its range of software applications, you’ll soon be
re-designing your garden, trying out new hair styles, puzzling over
quizzes, touching up your digital photos or mixing the next number
Tell the staff what you want. They will do it if they can and
tell you why if they can’t.
Opening times are from 9.30am to 8pm.
Sunlight Development Trust
Kent ME7 1LL
Phone: 01634 338600
Sunlight Development Trust is a community partnership led by the
Council for Voluntary Service, Medway and supported by:
- New Opportunities Fund;
- Medway Council;
- North Kent Gateway Partnership (NKGP);
- NHS Medway;
- West Kent Health Authority;
- Medway Council for Race Equality (MCRE).
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