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Origins: Although officially registered in 1991, Centrepoint Outreach began a few years earlier with a couple of ladies in Centenary Methodist Church (opposite our Drop In Centre) getting together with their Minister and sowing the seed for a Drop In Centre, to provide support to Homeless, Lonely & Vulnerable people in Boston. They apparently met together in prayer for several months before the first ‘customer’ arrived through the doors! Since then many hundreds, if not thousands of people have found their way to the Christian based charity of Centrepoint Outreach. The first Drop In was established in Centenary Church in Red Lion Street, before later moving to Tower Street, where it remained until December 1997. Early in 1998 the Drop In centre relocated to our current premises at Belmont House, 15 Red Lion Street, Boston (although the entrance is in Tunnard Street – opposite the old Conway school). On the 6th April 1998, our Charity Shop opened next door, having moved from smaller premises in High Street. Actor Edward Peel (alias Tony Cairns of Emmerdale) opened the shop with due ceremony. Ruth Baldwin (nee Dickinson) was the Shop Manager. Day to day running of the Drop In Centre was led by the Chaplain Director – Methodist Minister Revd Wesley Loane – supported by a Board of Trustees. Other paid and volunteer staff members included Pam Mellor, Maureen Woodcock, Stella Jolley, Val Wilkinson and Anne Balsom – who later became the Project Manager, retiring in October 2001. In addition to registered charity status, the organisation became a Limited Company on 1st July 1996, prior to taking on a mortgage (since paid up), to acquire Belmont House.In August 1997, ‘Centrepoint House’ (a former Convent in North Street Boston) opened to provide an 8 bedroom supported accommodation unit. Local churches sponsored the setting up of each room. The first House Manager was Jimmy O’Neal. In May 2009, the Centrepoint Outreach trustees took a very difficult decision to close the premises, following performance target and contracting issues with Supporting People - Lincolnshire. In 2010 Boston Mayflower took over the lease, to operate as ‘Mayflower House’.
Our current service provision:The Board of Directors are also Trustees of the charity. Chairman: Mr Peter LawsonVice Chairman: Mr Richard Locke-WheatonTreasurer: Mr Michael ClarkeMrs Alison AustinMr Paul ClarkRevd Alan TaylorRevd Neil VickersThe Board are elected by the members at the AGM.Membership: We have a full Christian membership scheme for those who are able to support our Statement of Faith but also an Associate membership scheme for those of other or no faith. Members receive a regular newsletter of our activities but can also access our web pages: www.centrepoint-outreach.com and www.facebook.com/centrepoint.outreachChief Executive Officer: Our Chief Executive Office, Elizabeth Hopkins, is responsible for the day to day management of the Charity.Project Workers: Lesley Goodale, Liz Steadman and Claire Gray are our current Project Workers but we could not manage without the support of a team of volunteers, in the Drop In, Food & Textile Stores and on the Delivery Van. Our Day Centre provides a warm welcome in a safe environment. In 2001 there were around 4,000 client contact visits to the Centre with a similar number of enquiries for help. By 2007 the number of visits had increased by 50% and by 2013 we had received over 13,000 visits in a year – dealing with over 8,000 personal and telephone enquiries!
Our Mission: Motivated and driven by our Christian faith we stand on the side of homeless and vulnerable people in Boston and the surrounding area to empower them to improve their circumstances and achieve their full potential.
Our Vision: Homeless and vulnerable people in Boston and the surrounding area are empowered to improve their circumstances and achieve their full potential.
Centrepoint OutreachSupporting Homeless, Lonely and Vulnerable People In Our Community
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