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KINGDOM WAY TRUST
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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.

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Team

  • 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 15 years. Until a few years ago he remained as a consultant but now he spends all of his spare time working in the voluntary sector. Brian has been a trustee of Kingdom Way Trust since its foundation in September 2010. He also continues to serve as a trustee at his home church in Heathfield (Kings Church). Brian is Chair of the Eastbourne Street Pastor’s Trust which is part of the umbrella organisation Ascension Trust which has over 11,000 volunteers who walk the streets of Britain (usually at night) making sure youngsters are safe as they enjoy a night out. Brian is trustee of his local village hall and recreation ground, which provide the local community with a place to get to know neighbours, relax, celebrate family occasions and enjoy various sporting facilities. He is passionate about helping the poor and vulnerable in both the UK and beyond.
  • David Barratt
    David is originally from Nottingham where he lived until moving to Eastbourne in 1998. He committed his life to Jesus in 2009 and has been a trustee of Kingdom Way Trust since its foundation in September 2010. He worked in the sugar industry for 42 years. In 2022 he returned to Nottingham to be closer to family and attends Ruddington Baptist Church. He is also a trustee of Keys Community Detox, a Christian charity working to support individuals out of addiction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 River of Life 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. Julie is the trustee responsible for overseeing Safeguarding within Kingdom Way Trust.
  • 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 15 years. Until a few years ago he remained as a consultant but now he spends all of his spare time working in the voluntary sector. Brian has been a trustee of Kingdom Way Trust since its foundation in September 2010. He also continues to serve as a trustee at his home church in Heathfield (Kings Church). Brian is Chair of the Eastbourne Street Pastor’s Trust which is part of the umbrella organisation Ascension Trust which has over 11,000 volunteers who walk the streets of Britain (usually at night) making sure youngsters are safe as they enjoy a night out. Brian is trustee of his local village hall and recreation ground, which provide the local community with a place to get to know neighbours, relax, celebrate family occasions and enjoy various sporting facilities. He is passionate about helping the poor and vulnerable in both the UK and beyond.
  • David Barratt
    David is originally from Nottingham where he lived until moving to Eastbourne in 1998. He committed his life to Jesus in 2009 and has been a trustee of Kingdom Way Trust since its foundation in September 2010. He worked in the sugar industry for 42 years. In 2022 he returned to Nottingham to be closer to family and attends Ruddington Baptist Church. He is also a trustee of Keys Community Detox, a Christian charity working to support individuals out of addiction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 River of Life 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. Julie is the trustee responsible for overseeing Safeguarding within Kingdom Way Trust.
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