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Vineyard Compassion

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Charity no. 100508 Date registered. 13/10/2014

Public benefits

Harm/Unintended beneficiaries: We start by highlighting that all our services and provisions are free of charge and open to everyone. We have assessed our purposes and service provision and believe there is no harm arising from them. We employ staff as a necessary function of providing our services and apart from these employees there are no other

unintended beneficiaries (NOTE – any conflicts of interests are mentioned in relevant section of initial application). The direct benefits which flow from our purposes to our beneficiaries: Local people who are in need receive free donations of food and clothes from our Foodbank and Wearhouse projects. People from the local community can also receive free debt counselling advice and services via our Christian’s Against Poverty Centre. Local people can attend access recovery services to help them process and move on life controlling issues such as addictions, depression etc. Local people can also avail of one to one support and signposting, empowering them to move on from a point of need or crisis – taking the critical steps from dependence to independence. Local residents are able to avail of a discounted rate for purchasing heating home oil via our Oil Club. This helps families in difficult financial situations to ensure they have adequate money for all of life’s daily purchases (food, clothes, rent etc.) Local people are able to access support towards employment via voluntary work experience. These placements give them an opportunity to increase their confidence, skill, social networks and employability. They are also able to access structured support towards employment via our CAP Job Club. Single mothers within our community can access support from befrienders – encouraging them and equipping them as they parent alone. In a similar way elderly people in multiple local Nursing Homes within the community can access support, compassion and friendship via our Senior Moments project. Additionally, anyone can come along to our weekly Open Door Café for tea and coffee alongside their peers as well as our trained staff and volunteers. They can access clear signposting to other services – both our own and community based. Evidence of direct benefits: We seek to ensure our services are making a difference by asking for regular feedback from participants across our services. We utilise a range of different methods – starting with verbal conversations and anecdotal observation (of the change in people’s lives) running right through to more formalised written evaluation. We monitor and record a significant quantity of statistics relating to (for example) the number of people who have been helped with a Foodbank parcel or the number of people who are now debt free thanks to the work of our Christian’s Against Poverty centre.

What your organisation does

Foodbank Provides food free of charge to those in need within the local community – managed by our Foodbank manager and a team of dedicated volunteers. Works with local community/businesses to encourage generosity in giving donations to the Foodbank. In the year 13-14 400 vouchers have been issued with 601 adults and 307 children fed. Emergency

Essentials – an addition to Foodbank – where clients can access toilets and other household essentials. Christian’s Against Poverty (CAP) Currently assisting 52 families become debt free – 32 have already become completely debt free since March 2010. Offers a confidential, non-judgemental service to those in need. Works with the national parent charity to provide a range of tailored services to help free people from debt and teach them how to manage their finances well in the future. CAP Money Management Course is a purpose designed course to train adults and young people to gain a better understanding of what they earn and spend and how to manage budgets etc. Wearhouse Provides a place where those in need can access free of charge clothing – where they otherwise could not afford it. Celebrate Recovery Offers hope, a fresh start, ongoing support and encouragement for anyone struggling with life controlling issues such as depression or addictions. Compassion Support Offers the local community the chance to avail of one to one tailored support – empowering them to move beyond the point of crisis or need, taking the crucial steps from dependence to independence. Oil Club Offers locals the chance to avail of the power of bulk buying – people can apply to join the oil club and then a bulk order at the best price will be purchased. The Link Helps volunteers gain the skills needed for employment. This is a once a week event that brings together our staff and committed volunteer leaders/mentors to work with clients to being about a tangible change in their confidence. [Further activities outlined and supplied to CCNI]

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Addictions (drug/solvent/alcohol abuse)
  • Adult training
  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • Community safety/crime prevention
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Ex-offenders and prisoners
  • General public
  • Homelessness
  • Language community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people
  • Overseas/developing countries
  • Parents
  • Preschool (0-5 year olds)
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Tenants
  • Travellers
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers
  • Women
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Accommodation/housing
  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Arts
  • Community development
  • Community enterprise
  • Counselling/support
  • Economic development
  • Education/training
  • General charitable purposes
  • Medical/health/sickness
  • Relief of poverty
  • Volunteer development
  • Welfare/benevolent

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





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Charitable purposes

The objects of the company shall be to promote the well-being of the inhabitants of Northern Ireland and its environs without distinction of age, sex, race, political, religious or other opinion by all or any of the following means: 1. The relief of poverty 2. The preservation and protection of health 3. The advancement of community development 4. The advancement of education, skills training and the arts 5. The relief of unemployment for the public benefit 6. The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage 7. The provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare 8. And generally improve the conditions of life for the said inhabitants by associating with the statutory authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to meet our objectives

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 6 Trustees
  • 14 Employees
  • 350 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr Richard Wright, Causeway Coast Vineyard Centre, 10 Hillmans Way, Coleraine, County Londonderry, BT52 2ED

Trustee board

Mr Peter Lynas
Mr Russell Kelly
Mr Andrew Lynas
Mr David Philip Wright
Mr Neil Young
Dr Karise Charlotte Hutchinson

List of regions

  • Causeway Coast And Glens District Council