KINGDOM WAY TRUST

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History

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.

 

Team

Staff

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


Ray has worked in the academic sector for over 20 years, both in the UK and abroad. His last post was as a Full Professor in Nanomaterials Chemistry at a new university in Astana, Kazakhstan. He has since retired from academic life (very early) and has been learning a raft of woodworking skills, including making acoustic guitars. He also runs a YouTube channel about woodturning and woodwork. Ray joined Hope Woodwork in 2018, where he now manages the Hope Woodwork Project. He has a passion for training people, where he will use many of his transferable skills to benefit the trainees and use his creativity to help the project to become self-sustainable.




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


Ali moved to Eastbourne when she and Ray married in 2003. Previous to that she trained as a primary school teacher and worked in various schools in the UK and abroad. In more recent years she has run a tutoring centre, home-schooled her three children while living in Kazakhstan for three years and continued to work with children in school and Church settings. She now teaches a number of children in her own home and is enjoying being part of Kingdom Way Trust team and seeing how God is working across Eastbourne.





Trustees

Brian Arnott


Brian was born in the South East of England. He worked in the Financial Planning Industry for over 40 years. He was a Director of a Firm of Independent Financial Advisers for around 15 years. Since that time he has been a Consultant for his old Company and has spent much of his time working in the voluntary sector. Brian has been a Trustee of Kingdom Way Trust since its foundation in September 2010. He is Chair of Trustees at his home Church in Heathfield East Sussex (Kings Church). Brian is part of the Trustee team at Ascension Trust which is the umbrella organisation for the Street Pastor initiative with over 11,000 volunteers who walk the Streets of Britain making sure youngsters are safe as they enjoy a night out. He is charged with developing Partnerships with National Organisations linked to the “night time economy”. He is passionate about helping the poor and vulnerable in both the UK and beyond.




Jim Herring


Jim became a Christian in 1984. He had a history of substance misuse from his teenage years and though not physically addicted was certainly psychologically addicted and affected by drug misuse and the associated lifestyle. After working in various jobs for a few years, a couple of years into their marriage Jim and Heather did a two year Community Counselling Course with Youth With A Mission. Jim then worked with Langley House Trust in a hostel for Ex-Offenders for 18 months while Heather continued with clerical/secretarial work at a GP surgery. 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.




David Barratt


David was originally a native of Nottingham. He worked in the sugar industry for 42 years. David has been a Trustee of Kingdom Way Trust since its foundation in September 2010. He is a member of All Saints Church in Eastbourne. He is also a volunteer with Fatfleshed, a Christian ministry feeding homeless and vulnerable people through a weekly meal programme. David’s vision is that broken people may encounter the love of God through the words and deeds of Christian believers. This for some will lead them to find hope and freedom in Jesus Christ and begin to prepare them for a better future.




Heather Herring


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 Owen


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 Smith


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. Julie was a school governor for nearly 10 years (and chair for 9) in a local primary school. Her working life has been varied, including Health Care Assistant in the local DGH, 999 call taker in the Ambulance Service, Training Officer, Graduate Schemes Manager, office administrator and youth mentor and Relationship & Sex Education lesson facilitator. Julie is passionate about many things; Jesus being number one! This drives her to look for ways to empower people to fulfil their potential. Speaking on behalf of the voiceless and encouraging ways for people to know they are loved is very important to her.





 

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