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 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
TRAINING & CATERING
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.