Who We Are

The Vine Centre has been in existence for 30 years and developed from its humble beginnings as a soup kitchen to an organisation which now provides a full range of services to the disadvantaged members of our community (aged 18+). These services are delivered Mon-Fri addressing the immediate physical & mental health needs of our clients, as well as their longer term needs. We are located in Rushmoor, but serve an area which includes (yet is not exclusive to) Hart, Surrey Heath & Guildford Boroughs.

In addition to the daily services, we have also run the Winter Night Shelter for the last 3 years. This operated in accordance with SWEP and for which we received statutory funding. The last 2 winters overnight accommodation has been housed at Holy Trinity Church Aldershot. We are privileged to receive a Housing Justice Quality Mark of excellent practice in 2015. This is testimony to the hard work of all the staff and many volunteers who participated.

Please note that The Vine Centre is not running the Winter Night Shelter during the 2017 / 2018 winter months.

Our Aims

Our aims are to reduce social isolation, to facilitate change, and to improve the quality of life for vulnerable and socially isolated men and women aged 18 years and over. The Vine Centre creates a welcoming and encouraging environment for everyone in the local community or referred clients seeking assistance.

Our aim with all client groups is that they embark on a journey with us and in so doing, restore personal confidence and aspirations leading to a pathway of renewed hope and opportunity for each of them.

Board of Trustees

Mr. Malcolm Bellwood - Chair

Mrs. Jane Coleman - Treasurer

Mr. Brian Birchfield

Mr. David Sanger

Cllr. Alex Crawford

Mr. Nick Foster

Mr. Dave Haley

Meet the team

Lesley Herniman - Director Of Operations


Tracey Ashton - Team Leader

Ali Greener - Senior Support Worker

Karen Pullen- Support Worker

Emma Neil - Support Worker

Penny Dearing- Mental Health Worker & Counselling Coordinator


Helen Harwood - Head of Grant Funding

Mary Webb - Head of Corporate & Community Liaison


Greg Ewart - Training & Catering Manager


Skills Cafe - Nicola Norman, Julia Todd and Nina Isted

Job Club - Nicola Norman and Julia Todd

Creative Arts - Nick Hunt

Volunteers - 15 actively serving each week

The Housing Justice Quality Mark

Our charity is a certified Quality Mark charity - we were awarded the mark by the Housing Justice organisation after our second SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) night shelter. The Shelter was open again for the third year between November 2015 and March 2016

We are delighted to be able to build upon the best practice learned through achieving this quality mark.

The Vine Day Centre is a registered charity in England, our charity number is  1095915. Registered office:The Vine Day Centre, 33 Station Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1BA

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