Harbour Meeting Point meets in the Octagon of St Mary’s Church, Church Street, on Monday mornings from 10.30am to Noon excluding Bank Holidays.
The aim of the Harbour Meeting Point is to provide resources in the form of literature from local organisations, self help resources and trained volunteers to inform individuals on different aspects of mental health including spirituality and well-being and to promote community and social inclusion.
The project is run by a steering group formalised by the local Council for Voluntary Services and comprising a number of agencies working towards the development of social support for people with mental health concerns in the community.
A large number of people have passed through and have found it a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment. Many people have remarked on how much they value the location as a calm space.
Part of the CTiM covenant is “……..To listen to the local community, to become aware of its needs and aspirations and to develop a co-ordinated programme of service and outreach to it. ………….”
As at May 2013 this project has reached 5,400 people through 1,969 parcels. Referrals are through the CAB and other agencies and the parcels reach a wide variety of families or individuals in temporary need.
Thank you to those supermarkets who allow collections and to the shoppers who make extra purchases to donate and thank you to all the Churches and individuals that have been donating food on a regular basis, and putting it in the “hole” in the Elim church door in Wantz Road. These donations are vital to the survival of the Food Pantry.
If you’d like to find out about helping in any of a number of ways, contact Rob Sefton on 079 408 308 55 for more information.
The Lunchtime Concerts held at Maldon United Reformed Church are organised by Churches Together in Maldon. The aim is to present a varied and interesting programme featuring local and national musicians, some of whom are well known in the town and others who will be performing for the first time. One or two concerts a year specifically feature young musicians.
The informal and friendly concerts are held on the second Thursday and designed to fit into the average ‘lunch hour’ between 1pm and 2pm. Patrons are welcome to bring their own lunch and are free to come and go as they wish and tea and coffee is available before and during the concert. The concerts are non profit making events, with the musicians’ fees and costs being met by the voluntary contributions collected at each concert.
The project receives and deals with unwanted tools, sewing machines and haberdashery items which are recycled so that they can be passed to the charity Tools With a Mission (TWAM). Part of the work undertaken in Maldon is preparation of items for tool kits that will be used to train future plumbers, carpenters, motor mechanics, engineers and dressmakers.
Through TWAM the tool kits are taken out to Africa where they are needed in order to be able to train young people so that they can earn an income to feed and educate their families.
Tool Box is currently open every Thursday morning from 10am till 12 noon in the Baptist church hall in Butt Lane. It’s a brilliant way to pick up on know-how about everything from dress buttons to torque wrenches and to meet lots of friendly people. Volunteers are very much welcome as are your unwanted buttons, tools and sewing machines!