New Beginnings for Compassion Acts at Sussex Road

10th August 2021

Local organisation Compassion Acts has signed a lease on its own premises at the former Victoria Methodist Church on Sussex Road in Southport.

Compassion Acts is a poverty reduction charity working with churches to deliver Trussell Trust Foodbanks, Food Pantries and Welfare and Debt Advice. As part of their strategy to ‘Go Upstream’ they also provide early intervention and follow-on services including schools and youth work, counselling and one to one mentoring.

Compassion Acts also work in partnership with other agencies on projects such as a baby bank with Southport Salvation Army.

The charity’s vision is one of a just and hopeful future, where poverty is challenged at its root and brought to an end; with individuals and families seeing real change in their lives.

Talking about the new space, CEO Richard Owens said, “This amazing building is perfect for our needs.”

“There is space to meet service users for advice and training. It will be our hub for volunteering and donations too.”

The Revd Marie-Ann Kent, superintendent minister of the Southport Methodist Circuit said: ‘We look forward to working with Compassion Acts, in continuing the mission of the church in this new and exciting way.’

Compassion Acts is probably best known for its Southport Foodbank project for those in crisis; however it has a strategy to ‘go upstream’ and work to address the causes of poverty too. The charity provides an increasing number of services for individuals and families including Food Pantries, debt and benefits advice and life skills courses.

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