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.