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Community and faith groups

The following groups provide services to communities in Medway:

All Saints Community Project Trust (ASCT)

All Saints Community Project Trust is a Christian based organisation set up in 2001 by St Paul with All Saints Church, in order to serve the diverse needs of the local community. Since its formation, the Project has become a body trusted by the community and has recently become a registered charity with its own board of trustees.

The Trust carries out work in such diverse areas as:

  • helping people back into employment
  • benefits advice&helping to complete application forms
  • debt advice and referral to other agencies
  • financial budgeting
  • computer training
  • CV training and preparation
  • Sam’s Place After Schools Club
  • Little Saints parent and toddler group
  • Sam’s Place Holiday Play Scheme
  • NVQ Qualifications
  • Weekly “Have a Go” Craft Sessions.
  • A Saturday morning walking group for all ages
  • An exercise class
  • Lunch club

The Trust is currently working in partnership with other local organisations to deliver activities within the community. The Trust will be moving into the Magpie Centre (formerly The Magpie Tavern) once the conversion work has been completed. We believe that the Trust and The Magpie Community Centre together will provide a valuable asset for the benefit of the whole community.

All Saints Community Project Trust St Paul with All Saints Church
Magpie Hall Road
Chatham ME4 5NE
Website: www.allsaintscommunityproject.org.uk 
Phone: 01634 845419

All Saints Community Project Trust is a registered charity, number 11488911.

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 conference.

  • Sunday:11am - 1pm
  • Tuesday: 7pm - 8.30pm Prayer, Healing and Anointed Teaching (Bible Study)

Better Life Assembly
Unit A
Jenkins Dale
Email: admin@betterlifeassembly.org
Phone: 01634 401500
Fax: 01634 540540

Better Life Assembly is a registered charity, number 1095131


Blythswood Care

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 presents.

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 address below.

Ray Avenell
Resources Development Manager
Blythswood Care
32A Riverside 1
Sir Thomas Longley Road
Medway City Estate
Kent ME2 4DP

Email: rochester.depot@blythswood.org or ray.avenell@blythswood.org 
Website: www.blythswood.org/ 
Phone: 01634 291411

Blythswood Care is a registered charity, number SC021848.


Chattenden Community Projects (CCP)

Photo of a class at Chattenden Community CentreChattenden 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
Elmwood Road
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 and activities.

Examples include:-

  • 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 affiliated.


Peter Friday
77 Poplar Grove
ME16 0AN
Email: peter.friday@homecall.co.uk 
Website: www.churchestogether.org/medway 
Phone: 01622 758106

Churches Together in Medway is a registered charity, number 1080486.

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.

Malcolm Smith
Gillingham Youth for Christ
133 Trafalgar Street
Kent, ME7 4RP
Email: office@gyfc.co.uk 
Website: www.gillinghamyfc.co.uk/ 
Phone: 01634 578128

Gillingham Youth for Christ is a registered charity, number 1062977.


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 sources
  • offer support for bringing together partnerships, writing business plans, submitting bids and monitoring projects
  • offer continuing support in areas such as payroll and accounting
  • provide opportunities for strategic and regional initiatives, including offering a framework for funding streams
  • evaluate successful bids and establish best practice.

Alison West
Hope in the Community Ltd
c/o Under 1 Roof
5a New Road Avenue
Kent ME4 6BB
Email: hitc@btconnect.com 
Website: www.hitc.org.uk/ 
Phone: 01634 814240

Hope in the Community is a registered charity, number 1108850


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.

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 9am-3.30pm.

The centre also opens some evenings.

Melville and Brompton Community Association
Melville Court
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.


Project Sunlight

The Sunlight Centre

Photo of the cyber cafe at the Sunlight CentreLocal 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 can.

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 night
  • 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 one.

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
Richmond Road
Kent ME7 1LL
Website: www.sunlighttrust.org.uk/ 
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).