Trent Compassion Trust
Who we are
Our desire at The Arches is to demonstrate God’s love in a practical way through generosity and treating people with dignity and respect. We aim to support our visitors to build self-confidence and self-esteem, empowering them to reach their potential.
The Arches provides practical support free of charge to those in emergency situations and financial hardship who have been referred to us. They might have recently been housed with very little, be fleeing from domestic violence or seeking asylum. We aim to provide essentials to help with the immediate need and can also provide one-off emergency food parcels when needed.
We provide storage and provision of furniture, electrical appliances, general household goods including children and baby equipment. We also have a laundrette area and washing facilities available. We aim to provide an environment of compassion and care, where people will find a place of belonging and acceptance; where they can build a sense of self worth and confidence, eventually enabling them to give to society and discover what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.
We have additional groups that aim to build and encourage ongoing relationships, not only between our volunteers and visitors, but also among our visitors themselves. These include small groups, women's groups, a group for pre-school children and their parents, coffee lounge and the opportunity to practise conversational English. We also have a number of additional services to offer visitors who wish to engage in ongoing support, helping them back on their feet one step at a time. We developed The Arches Inspiring Change Programme to empower people, giving them the skills to move on in their lives, which could include future employment. We run a furniture restoration workshop where we also take placements from partner agencies and host an NHS drugs clinic.