Compassion has always been a key biblical value (Isaiah 58 & 61) for us at the Vineyard as we work among the poor, broken and vulnerable within our community. It is our belief that the church should be at the forefront of tackling the poverty that exists on our doorstep.
All Compassion Projects are a response to various needs encountered in our community of Coleraine and along the Causeway Coast. The support Compassion offers is available to everyone in the community, regardless of belief, race or sexual orientation but particularly those who are disadvantaged and suffering financially due to low income, benefits, unemployment, or disability.
As we have demonstrated God’s love to a community in need we have had seen hundreds of lives and families have been transformed.
CAP Debt Counselling
Free Debt Counselling - CAP is an award winning UK wide charity offering hope &a solution to anyone in debt through confidential home visits. ‘Hands on’ expert advice and practical assistance will empower people to help themselves out of debt while teaching essential budgeting skills that will last a lifetime.
Recovery Support Group - Christian based 12 step program for people with all types of life controlling hurts, habits & hang-ups. It provides a safe and confidential place to share, to identify & work through issues, and to find support through a ‘sponsor’.
Food - Causeway Foodbank provides short term, emergency food for individuals or families in crisis while a long-term strategy is developed. Frontline care professionals (GP, Social Worker, charity, etc.) refer clients by issuing Food Vouchers that provide balanced and nutritional meals for 3 days. The foodbank centres are open at different days, times & locations.
the open door
Drop-In - An opportunity for people to ‘drop-in’ and have a cuppa, enjoy some company with space to chat and a listening ear, all in a safe & friendly environment. There is access to Compassion Support through The Open Door.
Launched in July 2012, Vineyard Market has grown to become Irelands largest monthly indoor and outdoor Car Boot Sale, Farmers Market & Craft Fair with capacity for over 250 traders. Runs on the 1st Saturday every month. Find out more.
Money Management - Explains basic money skills and how to take control of personal finances over 3 simple & relaxed DVD-based sessions. Helps people gain a better knowledge of what they earn & spend, how to set up a manageable budget, get their accounts in order & learn to save. Workbooks provided.
Support - Provides one-to-one support and signposting for people, empowering & equipping them to move beyond the point of crisis or need, taking the critical steps from dependence to independence. Creates a Support Plan and vital Next Steps.
Community Allotment - 1,000m sq allotment with polytunnel and raised beds where people can learn about and grow fruit and vegetables in a sociable and supportive atmosphere. Beginners workshops and a qualified team are available. All produce grown supports people in need from local community.
Voluntary Work - The Link offers a variety of work placements designed to increase confidence, skills, social networks and ultimately employability. It gives people structure and a purpose for their day, improving their life choices & chances. Ongoing support is provided through a ‘mentor’ in a variety of activities.
CAP Job Club
Employment - CAP Job Club supports and empowers people to take steps towards employment. It is suitable for both recent or long-term unemployed. This free service consists of 3 elements: 8 week course, weekly community (support group) & one-to-one coaching.
Supported Housing - Short/medium term accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk, and need support while living on their own but are moving towards independent living. Support team and signposting services available. Clients must be eligible for housing benefits.
Community Safety - Street Pastors is a collaborative project comprising of trained volunteers from over 20 local churches. They go on patrol within local estates and outside bars & clubs from 10pm-4am on Fri & Sat evenings to listen to, care for and help people out on the streets of Coleraine and the Triangle area. Vineyard Compassion is just one organisation of many who partner together in this project along with the police & local council. Find out more.
Clothing - Offers dignity by providing good quality clothing, accessories and shoes free of charge to those who are in need. Will be open weekly by appointment only and available on demand to local referral agencies in crisis cases.
Link+ is a programme aimed at increasing employability and offering a structured work placement 2 days per week in a supportive, mentor-led environment. The Link+ works in addition to the Link and operates within a social enterprise setting, giving people the opportunity to gain skill and expertise through participation in a working production line, producing wood kindling and blocks.