About Us

jacob's well

Jacob's Well Care Centre was founded in 1992 by Stuart & Angela Pottinger, the Charity was originally set up to provide free furniture to those in need in Gosport, also to provide aid for the people in the Sălaj district of Romania Read more about our charitable status here.


The Beginning

In the beginning, members of Jacob's Well church and local volunteers helped to collect clothing, bedding and furniture surplus to requirements and then distributed them to those in need. During this time lorry loads of aid were sent out to Romania on a regular basis.

Up until 1999 the organization was run from a warehouse which was donated free of charge in the middle of Rowner Gosport.  After a major looting incident where all the toys and clothes were stolen, the care centre moved to premises in Gordon Road, Gosport - our first charity shop, where we stayed for ten years enjoying fantastic support from the public. When the Care Centre relocated the premises were no longer donated thus we had to make a small charge for the furniture to cover our costs.

Out Growing our Premises

As the community demand for our project was expanding very quickly, the furniture project side of the care centre out grew the premises at Gordon Road, we then found larger, more suitable premises to house the furniture and all other projects associated with it in Park Street, Gosport.  June 2012 saw us relocate to Toronto Place, Gosport. This allowed us to house our furniture showroom in one building and provide car parking for customers.  

jacobs well furniture collection and delivery

Current Profile

Jacob's Well Care Centre occupies a unique position in the community, there is at present no other project whose efforts are concentrated in Gosport, Fareham, Portsmouth, West Sussex and surrounding areas and offers a service specifically designed and focused on providing for low income households.

The Homeless Act

This has required local authorities to produce homelessness strategies that consider a home to be more than just a roof and to consider issues such as social exclusion and support needs. Our project helps them by offering help to those who are being re-housed after homelessness, enabling them to create a home that is furnished and comfortable.

At present the charity receives referrals from many local agencies, especially from the local authority, housing and community services departments, the remainder come from a wide range of voluntary and statutory bodies.

We are self funding and not supported by any authority or government department - please help us to help those in need.

Community Care Plan

The objective of this is to help people remain in their homes by providing them with furniture at low cost.  The national service frameworks have mental health promotion as a priority area, the recommendations include strengthening individuals through interventions designed to promote self-esteem, life and coping skills, which is very much part of our project with our supported staff and volunteers. Also recommended is an increase in social support, social inclusion and participation, as well as developing initiatives to reduce inequalities and promote access to education, employment and support for those who are vulnerable. This scheme encourages participation in volunteering, helping to build new skills, confidence and support.

We currently collect donated items of furniture, white goods and bedding etc...  These items are brought come back to our main warehouse where the furniture is then sold via referrals or to the general public in need of low cost furniture. The white goods are checked, tested and cleaned for resale at low cost.....where else can you by a Dyson for £15!

The Store Cupboard

We also give emergency bedding packs & cutlery packs totally free of charge to those in desperate need via referrals.  We also operate our own Store Cupboard where people can come to get fresh food and other essentials (nappies, feminine products etc...  - see our projects page for more info and help.

Our local strategy aims to encourage more energy efficient lifestyles, by providing facilities for people to both donate and receive furniture, we close the loop hole from a refuse, to re-use service, offering the facility to re-use, and a ''market'' for the goods.

For more information regarding our charitable status and those involved click here.

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