Bury Drop In
is CLOSED throughout August 2018
Click Note about closure August 2018 for more information.
Bury St Edmunds
Every Tuesday and Friday
11am - 2pm
Bury Drop In is an independent charity created for the homeless and vulnerable members of our town. It is supported by several local churches as well as a number of local authority agencies specializing in the needs of this often-neglected group of people.
Opening its doors in September 2015, it is manned by a dedicated and well-trained group of volunteers. While a Christian-based organization, its services are open to all.
The Centre is open twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the aim is to provide warm food in a friendly, caring non- judgmental environment while offering access to various organisations with experience in specific needs - benefits, housing, drug and alcohol addiction, health issues, etc.
We have proved this service to be greatly needed and can point to several ‘guests' who, with the Drop In's help, have experienced something of God's love and been able to turn their lives around.
After nearly two years operating in the Elven Centre at Garland Street Baptist Church, the Bury Drop In has switched its Tuesday and Friday sessions to nearby Trinity Methodist Church.
Garland Street is in the process of obtaining permission to renovate the Elven Centre, primarily the extension to the building that was added in the 1960s. As planning for the construction got into full swing, Drop In officials visited several locations in Bury St. Edmunds that could be used while the Elven Centre work was under way. ‘We're so pleased the folks at Trinity Methodist offered to host us,' explained Mike Coleman, chairman of the charity's trustees. ‘The church has everything we need, and the folks we've worked with have been extremely helpful and encouraging through our transition.'
Trinity features a good-sized hall and a full kitchen as well as storage space for cooking supplies and the clothes and toiletries Drop In provides to guests in need. In addition, a courtyard behind the church has proven a very popular place for guests to relax and chat after they've finished their meals in the hall.
‘Our first session in the new location took place 1 September,' said David Bonnett, the charity's director and chief executive officer. ‘We're grateful for the excellent orientation provided by the folks at Trinity to prepare us for the move, and we also appreciate volunteers from the church joining us during the early sessions there to make sure everything ran smoothly.'
Because the schedule for the work at the Elven Centre is not precise at this point, the Drop In ministry at Trinity will be open-ended for the foreseeable future. Elven Centre, Garland Street
It's never too late to volunteer, to give or to pray. More information:
Contact: David Bonnett
Registered charity: 1165258