Local Community Links
GEAR (Gloucestershire Emergency Accommodation Resource) was Gloucestershire’s only Direct Access homeless charity. GEAR aimed to relieve sickness, poverty and distress in Gloucestershire in particular, but not exclusively amongst the County's street homeless. The Vaughan Day Centre, 159 Southgate Street, Gloucester was a One Stop Shop for homeless and vulnerably housed people. The centre offered a 'multi-agency' approach to homelessness and other associated issues. The centre also 'signposted' people towards mainstream services. It was a useful point of reference towards identifying problems which exist amongst the homeless but in the main remain hidden from the rest of society. It challenged discrimination amongst a marginalized group in society. The centre was used as a meeting place for groups and offered an 'holistic' approach to problems. The centre was recognised by voluntary and statutory groups alike as a unique and essential service to Gloucester and it's surrounding areas, from which other services could springboard from. Crucially it existed to help people sustain positive changes with their lifestyles. Gloucester SDA Church fully supported the work of GEAR and sought to compliment this vital service through our Community Soup Kitchen which runs from 11:00 - 12:30 on Tuesday's and Thursday's. For information about the work of GEAR, at https://e-voice.org.uk/fvcshomelessforum/homelessness-2/the-gear-projects-story/
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. Since February 2010, volunteers from a number of churches in Gloucester have been taking to the streets to work alongside the local council and police to engage with people in a unique way. Each volunteer goes through a training program to equip them for the project and includes topics such as drink and drug awareness, first aid, roles and responsibilities, counselling and youth culture.
Gloucester SDA Church fully supports this initiative, this is endorsed by the fact that some of our members are Street Pastor's. For information on how you can be involved either as a Street Pastor or a prayer partner, email the Gloucester office: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: https://streetpastors.org/locations/gloucester/G
Gloucester FM is a community radio station which provides news, information and advice to the community. The station has been running since 2000 and is run by volunteers. For more information about the work of GFM, visit its website at: www.gloucesterfm.com. The church operates two programmes on the station; Family Time Show on Wednesday evenings at 18:00 -19:00hrs and The Gospel Show on Saturday mornings at 07:00 - 10:00hrs