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.
WE OFFER MORE THAN JUST FURNITURE...
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
Place, Gosport. This allowed us to house our
furniture showroom in one building and provide car
parking for customers.
AND DON'T FORGET WE CAN COLLECT LARGE ITEMS!
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.