A Christian multi-purpose drop-in centre in the middle of Norwich
is offering local people the chance to volunteer to help its work, buy food vouchers for the homeless or rent a city centre meeting room.
The All Saints Centre is on Westlegate opposite John Lewis in Norwich city centre. The building has been a centre of Christian worship and hospitality for over 600 years. It opened as an ecumenical drop-in centre in 1979 thanks to a lease from the Norwich Historic Churches Trust.
The Centre is now looking for more volunteers to spare a few hours every month. Trustee Katherine Gray said: “At All Saints we are serving the community in the name of Christ and have been doing so for 32 years. However to keep going we really do need some more help.
“You could volunteer to serve in our popular coffee bar, do some washing up, make items to sell, offer your services in a secretarial role/help us with your computing skills, organise a fund-raising event or just be willing to come in and chat with our visitors or do odd jobs.
“If you have a talent to share, however humble it may seem to you, or can rearrange your life a little to give us some of your time, please do offer it to us; we really do need you," she said.
The Centre also has a delightful upper room (pictured right) to let from £5 per hour during opening hours for regular or one-off meetings. The centre also has a handy coffee bar, seating area and toilets.
If you would you like to give something to people on the streets but think giving cash is a bit risky, then All Saints runs a voucher scheme called “Food for Thought”.
Katherine said: “The idea is that you buy the vouchers at the centre and then keep them handy to give out in place of cash. The recipient than takes them into the centre where they can be redeemed for food and hot drinks. Alternatively you can buy them and give them back to the centre and our staff will use them to help someone in need when they call in.”
All Saints' facilities include a coffee bar with a range of good quality, low price food and drinks, areas of comfy chairs where you can sit and relax, read or talk to people, toilet facilities, Christian books and cards for all occasions, Fair-trade products to buy, a small Bric-a- Brac stall, a chapel, where prayer requests may be left or you may join in weekly prayers, a quiet room and an upstairs, well equipped, meeting room, available to hire on an hourly basis.
Opening hours are Monday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm