As God loves us,
we are called to
One of the ways in which we do this, is through our Gatehouse initiative, as we aim to be the first responders to the social, physical and emotional needs in our town. Our aim is to prevent and alleviate isolation and marginalisation in the BCP area and beyond.
'GATEHOUSE' COMING SOON @502
We will soon be launching 'Gatehouse @502' which will see us open up our Ashley Rd building every Thursday and Friday (10am-4pm) to members of the wider public.
We aim to create a space for relational connection, support and fun.
There will be groups and activities running such as Golden Generations, art & craft, Toddler group, English literacy and a work space. If you'd like to get involved and help out in some way, please fill in the form via the button below.
Please also click below to view our new 'Resource page', which is full of key contacts for social issues and scenarios that may arise.
TRUTH BE TOLD
Truth Be Told (TBT) is a project that brings joy and life into residential care homes for the benefit of 0-4s, their parents and residents. This set of storytelling sessions for intergenerational groups puts a short tale of hope at the centre of some songs, a treasure trove of props and a multitude of imaginative interactions then a reminder that 'I am loved' or 'I am special' or 'I am safe' relating to the theme of the story. With a cup of tea and treats afterwards, there is time to chat, play, build relationships and community together. TBT has had remarkable success at engaging and benefiting people of all ages. It is launching new local groups and encouraging other churches across the country to do the same. If you are interested in starting or joining a group, please contact Gemma below:
Oasis is a group of men and women from Gateway who serve victims of domestic violence & abuse. It is a chilling fact that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence, yet for many, this remains a silent, painful epidemic with little hope of respite. That's why Oasis exists to bring some level of healing and hope to men, women and children who have survived this trauma.
Oasis help empower, equip and show love and kindness to all the survivors that they meet. We hope to befriend as many women, men and children as we can in the refuge so we can help each person feel listened to, loved and capable again. We run pizza, pamper and craft evenings, walk/ jog coffee catch ups, building confidence workshops, day trips and lunches out. We also source things by request and provide clothes, furniture, homeware and toys.
We run a fun summer event at the beach, a Christmas Carols Party at the refuge and provide gifts for everybody. We also continue to love and serve those that have left the refuge and help them in many practical ways to get them back on their feet again, so they know they are not alone.
Our mission is to show kindness and mercy to those who haven't known it. There are a number of practical ways that you can serve Oasis.
If you are interested in serving this ministry, please contact Hayley at:
If you, or someone you know is affected by DVA, here are some helpful resources:
- 01202 710777: Bournemouth & Poole DVA helpline, for immediate local help.
- Download: The Bright Sky App on your smartphone or tablet. A useful app for diagnosing and/or locating immediate help.
'TEA & TOTS'
Tea & Tots is a fun, interactive group for toddlers and their grown ups. There are areas for exploring, toys and role play.
Tea & Tots is completely free of charge to attend and will be running on Thursday mornings from 10-11.30am at 502 Ashley Road.
Calling all creatives! From early June we will be running a Craft Group every Friday from 10.30am-12noon at 502 Ashley Road. This group will be a 'bring your own' craft session where you can meet others and get creative.
Our Golden Generations coffee mornings are a space predominantly for retirement-aged members to come and connect with others, however anyone is welcome to join if they are free during the morning.
The coffee mornings run on a Thursday, from 10am to 12 noon at 502 Ashley Road. Watch the video for all the details!
Faithworks is a local Christian charity serving BCP by addressing some of the most pressing poverty issues in our conurbation head-on. They help churches and individuals to support people to find freedom from debt, addiction, homelessness, food poverty and loneliness through a range of initiatives and programs.
Faithworks also runs the Bournemouth and Poole foodbanks, which we are pleased to support. Faithworks is run by a team of directors, one of whom is part of Gateway. There are a number of opportunities to serve our conurbation through Faithworks, ranging from serving in a food bank, to supporting rough sleepers, to befriending and helping lone parent families..
Do you work remotely?
From early June we are running a 'Work Zone' space at 502 Ashley Road where you can pop in for a coffee, jump onto the WiFi and work in the same hub as others.
The Work Zone will be open from 10am-1pm every Thursday and Friday. This is a great opportunity to meet others whilst getting your work done in a relaxed setting.
TWINS SUPPORT GROUP
Do you have twins?
From early June we are starting a group where twins and their adults can come together to encourage one another and connect with those who have gone through a similar journey.
The Twins Support Group will run from 10am-11.30am every Friday. This is a great opportunity to meet others!
If you are interested in getting involved with any of these projects, or have further ideas of how we can engage our community through acts of compassion, please contact Richard Stamp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Lounge was a series of short, free interactive Zoom sessions aimed at building skills and techniques that improve personal resilience. In an ever changing world, having the ability to adapt and acclimatise could be the difference between 'surviving', and 'thriving'. We want you to thrive!