Every Friday evening a small Methodist Church in Goole opens its door to strangers, and provides a service so exceptional that it has been commended in the House of Commons.
Since 2010 the caring team of volunteers at Mission Trinity have provided a drop-in service offering free meals, comfort, help and a welcoming shoulder to those sleeping rough, the vulnerable, people living in poor conditions or those who are simply struggling to make ends meet.
The founding members of Mission Trinity were a group of friends who originally intended to run a four-week soup kitchen for Goole’s homeless in the run up to Christmas. As word spread and the needy kept returning for their single weekly hot meal and drink somewhere warm, something more permanent began to take shape. Six years on, thanks to the generous donations from the people of Goole, anyone in need is welcomed with open arms.
The group work closely with local services, children’s centres, health visitors, citizens advice, social services and the YMCA amongst others and now run their ‘drop-in’ every Friday evening from 5-8pm, offering a free meal and refreshments to those in need. A food bank service is also open on Wednesday’s (10am-12 noon) and Friday’s (3-5pm).
In a four year period alone, the team have served 3,863 meals, handed out 2,132 food parcels and welcomed 5,501 to their Friday night sessions, a feat which scooped them the ERYC’s Chairman’s Award for Community Groups in 2015.
Speaking to Our Goole, Dave Sample, administrator and co-founder praised the support the group received from the people of Goole to help them continue: ‘The people that give to us help us give to others.
‘Sometimes people may only want a drink and a shelter from the weather, others may welcome something warm to eat. The evenings can be very busy. We have seen up to fifty people share a meal. We also hand out Food Bags, containing essentials that can see someone through a week.’
Mission Trinity work closely with Goole’s Morrisons, Greggs and Tesco, making use of their otherwise waste food to help Goole’s most vulnerable and in need.
‘The staff are fantastic and have quietly helped out, now we have an opportunity to thank them. Great work.’
‘All this could not have been done without the support of the community of Goole and local businesses who have helped. We are eternally grateful.’
Donations of food and clothing are always welcomed. To learn more phone 07543290407, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the hall on Clifton Gardens any Friday evening.