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Weʼre raising £400,000 to Purchase a building to house our Community Food Bank and Cafe in Southend-on-Sea, Essex...

Southend-on-Sea, UK

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Southend Vineyard Storehouse gives away 480 food bags each week, to those on low incomes, those caught in debt, those struggling with Universal Credit payments and the Homeless. We have 3186 people registered with us, which represents 1.7% of Southend-On-Sea's population. This is a significant number of people for a charity like our own, who employ a few key staff but depend largely on members of the community to support the work of the Storehouse. You can read about the work of the Storehouse on our web page: Storehouse Website...

We operate out of a former community centre, which forms part of a massive redevelopment of the Queensway Estate. Queensway Development... We appeared on Jamie Oliver's Friday Night Feast (Season 4, Episode 6), filmed on Southend Pier.

This means that we need to move out of our current building in the next year (August 2019). We have not been awarded alternative accommodation to continue our work and seek a building to operate out of. We have identified an ideal space close to our current facility and have raised 30% of the £630,000 purchase price. We would need to draw down a mortgage for the remaining amount if we cannot generate sufficient money to fund it.

As with any financial commitment, our attention will always be drawn to meeting payments for the mortgage from whatever money we receive. This could be a distraction when balancing the budget and seeking to remain in the black as opposed to expanding the services we offer. For example, we would love to welcome students to after school clubs and University Students, a space to connect with the local community.

Why this space? Well, it is due to the geographic location, the purchase price and mortgage payments being manageable. We believe that the facility in the heart of the town centre will help in the regeneration of our High Street and provide a space for those who have nowhere to rest or pass the time during the day. We currently rent a school to hold Sunday Services as part of Southend Vineyard. Having one space means we can work out of one location and utilise the resources we already have in the new building. We currently have an office space and a charity shop in the same building so we would be drawing everything together.

We partner with Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencers, Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl, Greggs, Makro and other charitable agencies operating in Southend to support those dependent on drugs or alcohol, those sleeping rough, those requiring support with their mental health, and those out of work... we seek to be a safe haven in the storms of life. We provide a small amount of food each week and provide hot meals, warmth and shelter from the elements. We encourage people to seek the help available to them in the community from our partners and offer opportunities to volunteer with us in the cafe, the logistics of food collection and our charity shop.

We train our staff and volunteers to be inclusive of all our guests and to respond to their needs as best we can. We also want people to move on from their current situation, equipping them with the skills necessary to help them make steps to create choices in their lives for good. The new space will provide us with training rooms and facilities to deliver the types of courses we currently offer. Here are just a few...

Starting Points - Personal Esteem, job club; Family Storehouse - Working with mums and Dads in raising their children; Parenting course; Reading, Literacy and play; Breastfeeding advice; Restore - Furniture restoration project; CAP Money course; English as a second language...

We provide structure to those who find themselves out of work and can offer work experience for volunteers to add to their CV's such as: Logistics; Stock Control; Storage; Health and Hygiene; Catering; Hospitality; Administration; Customer Service; property maintenance and retail. Through engaging in any of the courses we provide or involving themselves in the different functions of the Storehouse, life skills and employability skills are embedded in all that we do.

Southend Vineyard Storehouse is an outreach project of Southend Vineyard. Southend Vineyard is a Christian Church and charity, affiliated to Vineyard Churches United Kingdom and Ireland, and registered with the Charities Commission. We do not however, place any barriers in the way of people receiving the support we offer. The users of our services do not have to meet any conditions and we do not place any restrictions on those who visit us.

We do take the safeguarding of women and children, vulnerable adults and those who are at risk very seriously. Members of staff and volunteers have training in hate crime and trafficked people, to name just two and we remain vigilant in checking in on the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health of all of our guests. We are inclusive of all who need our help and support. We have volunteers from many faiths and none. We believe that together, in community, we can make a difference.

To ensure that our services can stay open beyond the Queensway redevelopment, we need to secure the purchase of the building so that our service users can be reassured that the support they have come to depend upon, can continue seamlessly.

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  • Roger Newsham9 days ago
    Roger Newsham

    Roger Newsham

    9 days ago

    Hello to all... **Building fund update** It is a year since we first put an offer into the vendors of new premises for the Storehouse. It has been a very testing time for us, as we sought ways to raise the remaining balance after payment of a deposit. We have received information right at the last moment that the funds we have generated still leave a gap of £50,000. So we want to push to you out there on Social Media, one more time, an appeal for donations... We have come so far together and hope that this final push will help us break through.

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  • Roger Newsham1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    We have had a very busy Christmas & New Year period with a benefit gig held last Saturday @TheRailwayHotel, with live music from The Holly Berries, Owen Wilson, Minerva Falls, Doozer McDooze & Sam Duckworth from Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly. We currently wait to hear from our Mortgage Lender regarding the final pieces of finance, so hope to be able to give you good news in the not too distant future. So please share our appeal with your friendship groups and encourage them to donate, as this all helps to get us the best deal possible

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Page last updated on: 2/10/2019 18.48



  • Hilary Scarnell

    Hilary Scarnell

    Jan 7, 2019

    So sorry that this is necessary in our very privileged area of this rich country.


  • Mike Smith

    Mike Smith

    Jan 6, 2019

    I hope you reach your taget and exceed it.


  • Paul Stygal

    Paul Stygal

    Jan 6, 2019


  • Leigh Brown

    Leigh Brown

    Jan 6, 2019


  • Anonymous


    Jan 5, 2019

    Keep going :)


  • Kieran Graveling

    Kieran Graveling

    Jan 4, 2019

    I can't make the gig but happy to make a donation.I really hope it's a massive success tomorrow night, good luck guys and we'll done. X


  • Matthew Glover

    Matthew Glover

    Dec 7, 2018

    No gift aid....?


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Roger Newsham

Roger Newsham

Southend-on-Sea, UK

Roger is a Trustee of Southend Vineyard, a company limited by guarantee (No:3060009) and a charity registered with the charities commission (No: 1047393). He is also employed as the Operations Manager for the Storehouse, an outreach of Southend Vineyard Church.

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