Gloucester City Mission (GCM) is a registered charity (1115780) that supports the homeless, those living in temporary accommodation, sofa surfers and those in need of support with clothing, toiletries, food or advice. We rely purely on donations in order that we can offer food, drinks, showers, clothes, toiletries and advice to people when they are at their lowest point.
The George Whitefield Centre is currently open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2-4 pm and Wednesday mornings 11-12.30 and every Tuesday evening for hot meals and other services but we are expanding at a fast rate and have introduced other sessions during the week that we hope to make permanent such as AA and NA meetings and more meetings with council officials and the Department for Work and Pensions. Our longer-term aim is to be open 5 days per week.
On Wednesday mornings the Volunteer Team (65 volunteers) meet to pray and to plan projects. The street people we meet are always grateful for the food and drinks we offer and many friendly relationships are made by the team as they minister week-by-week.
We also run Project Beacon where a team of people go out on Saturday nights to reach out to those sleeping on the streets, those in supported accommodation and those in temporary and emergency accommodation. Its aims are to provide warmth through clothes, sleeping bags and blankets, to offer sustenance through tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches and to signpost people to agencies appropriate to their need.
Gloucester City Mission is very well established and has a very good relationship with the City and County Council as well as our MP as well as excellent relationships with the media, churches and schools. Within our building is also housed the Homeless Healthcare Team for the NHS who run clinics and medical support for the homeless and vulnerable 5 days a week with nurses on site and with Doctors on site 3 days a week.
Also, in our building is the Gloucester Food Bank so we are able to work very closely with them in referring people for support.
In last year’s Winter Shelter there was an average of 28 sleepers per month in the shelter. On average 60 clients seek support by coming to the centre each week while approximately 70 clients a week are directly supported by the staff and volunteers.