Kingdom Way Trust is a Christian charitable organisation based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK. We started in 2010 with the aim of providing shelter for rough sleepers during the cold winter months, and showing love and compassion, we launched a Winter Night Shelter.
We quickly realised that wasn’t enough. Turning someone back on to the streets on 1 March when the night shelter closed meant we’d only helped with the symptoms of homelessness and had not addressed the causes. Whilst there is a place for night shelters, our aim is to facilitate sustainable solutions for people who really want to change. To that end, in 2014 we opened our first house to provide supported living, a place for people to address barriers to a stable lifestyle and discover skills, attitudes and values that will give substance to their hope for a better future. This house is called The Bridge.
Soon after this came the inspiration to help get people back into work and so our workshop Hope Woodwork started in 2015.
The transition into mainstream society is often very difficult for people coming off the streets, out of prison, from a hostel or out of a rehabilitation centre. We believe the Church is uniquely placed to provide brilliant support in this area of need. To help churches combat these problems in 2016 we connected with the national charity and housing provider Hope into Action.
Roland Brown - Kingdom Way Trust Manager
Returning to Eastbourne in 2017 having lived and worked in Peru for 10 years, Roland enjoys the variety of responsibilities and challenges within the projects that make up Kingdom Way Trust. With many years of experience working with those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable both in the UK and abroad, he has a passion for seeing people fulfil their God given potential. He and his family are involved in church life which he believes has a significant role to play in being part of and supporting those in, the local community. Spending time either walking or running in the beautiful countryside around Eastbourne is his way of relaxing!
Ray Whitby - Hope Woodwork Manager
Keneen Chapman - The Bridge House leader and Hope into Action Empowerment Worker
Keneen was born in Eastbourne and has moved around the country due to her husband’s job. She has worked within the care industry for many years working alongside the vulnerable mainly within the Learning Disability Team before starting work with Kingdom Way Trust. Keneen enjoys her role as she is passionate about transformation in people’s lives through what Jesus has done. Keneen is also centre manager for Keys Community Detox in Eastbourne. Keneen is married to Chris who is Lead Elder at Community Church Eastbourne and they have 3 children.
Aggi Kasparis - Support Worker
Being born in Glasgow of Greek Cypriot descent has given Aggi an understanding of both cultures. He has a passion and a heart to see people recover and reach their potential. He believes strongly in the wisdom of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to do this. Having many life experiences with ups and downs, he wants to share this experience with others. He has volunteered at Mathew 25, in homeless shelters, as a Street Pastor and as a coach with Keys Community Detox. He loves to share what has been given to him by the love, grace and transformative power of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He longs to see all empowered to wholeness and contentment no matter where they come from or what they’ve done.
Ali Whitby - Admin and Support
In September 1998 Jim and Heather started Door of Hope in Reading. Hope House provides accommodation and supported living for people recovering from alcohol and substance misuse. Jim and Heather were resident ‘House Parents’ for seventeen and a half years and their three children were born during those years living in. They no longer live at Hope House but continue to work there and with the wider work of Door of Hope which includes Recovery Groups and individual counselling and prayer ministry within LifeSpring Church based at The Pavilion in Reading.
Bill is an accountant and works for The Kingsway CLC Trust in Eastbourne. He is a member of All Saints Church and active member of the PCC.
Julie lives just outside of Eastbourne, is married to Dave, mum to 2 boys and a leader at the Well Community Church. She coordinates MakeLunch which is a project of TLG (Transforming Lives for Good). Every school holiday they provide free hot meals to families in receipt of free school meals. Feeding hungry children, connecting with families and practically loving people is at the heart of the project.