Mim Beresford, 24, is volunteer co-ordinator at the Coventry Jesus Centre. She describes a typical day in the Coventry Jesus Centre
Published: 29th Nov 2013
Coventry lads swagger in; they wanted to use the computers, “Sorry they are both currently in use, I can book you in for later”. One lad starts singing away to himself, the other lad wants help from a support worker. I put an appointment in for that too and then he’s asking about bicycles. Ron is our bike man running the cleverly named ‘Re-cycle’ service – he helps repair bikes and does up donated ones to give to other people. I tell the lad Ron wasn’t around but I could take his details, I need his number for this. “You can have my number if you want, love” He and his mate laugh – I politely decline.
It’s a Monday morning and as part of my job I am filling in on...
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Rob Halligan, musician and a manager at the Coventry Jesus Centre tells of music breaking the ice
Published: 27th Aug 2013
I've been working at the the Coventry Jesus Centre since 2004, mainly under the 'admin' banner. It means I go to the bank, sort out time sheets and create invoices for groups that hire our rooms for their own events. But more recently I've been taking time to hang out in the 'Bridge', our daily drop-in, and it's been great to be on the ground, meeting the guys that see us as a safe and friendly place.
I had this brilliant thing happen the other week.
One of the things that stops me from talking to people I don't know is that I get a complete blank when it comes to knowing what to talk about. All I really know about is music and with that I'm no expert! So the other week, I'm sitting...
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