Who We Are
Key: Open Access/Community Services In Orange
Other Services include: Use of address for benefits and letters, Emergency SWEP Winter night shelter Nov-Mar, Agency Forum
The Vine Centre exists to help change the lives of the most disadvantaged members of our community in North East Hampshire. Motivated by a profound desire to provide purposeful services to ease poverty, we provide daily care and offer a range of potentially life-changing opportunities to homeless and vulnerable adults, many of whom have complex multiple needs. We offer twenty frontline services, delivered Monday to Friday through our Journey Programme, addressing both the immediate physical and mental needs of our clients as well as a number of their longer term needs.
Starting as a soup Kitchen in 1988 The Vine Centre became a registered charity in 2003. The charity recognised it was necessary to make a gradual transition to a community service provider and facilitator. At that time, it was realised that clients needed pro-active intervention to help them access the services of agencies and professional support to face their daily challenges and barriers.
Our aims are to reduce social isolation, to facilitate change, and to improve the quality of life for homeless and vulnerable men and women aged 21 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
Rev. Jane Walker
Cllr. Alex Crawford
Mr. Nick Foster
Mr. Dave Haley
Meet the team
Mags Mercer - CEO has successfully led The Vine Centre since 2012
Lesley Herniman - Client Services Manager
Tracey Ashton - Lead Client Services Support worker
Ali Greener - Support Worker
Karen Pullen - Support Worker
Penny Deering - Support Worker
Helen Harwood - Fundraising and Marketing Manager
Mary Webb - Corporate Development & Community Fundraiser
TRAINING & CATERING
Greg Ewart - Training & Catering Manager
Skills Cafe - Project Co-ordinator x 3
Job Club - Project Co-ordinator x 3
Life Skills - Project Worker x 1
Creative Arts - Creative Arts Co-ordinator x 1
Night Shelter - Project Co-ordinator and Overnight Team Leader
Volunteers - 20-25 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.