The Restore Centre opened in 2012, with the provision of a shop on Debden Broadway. The idea emerged out of conversations with the council, as we asked them what the church could best do to serve the local community.
Since then we’ve become a well-known community hub in Debden, supporting hundreds of people to find their way through various issues, from alcoholism to homelessness to mental health, and connecting them with partner organisations and services. We have also been a vital place of safety and welcome for those struggling with isolation and loneliness, as well as providing opportunities for community engagement and ‘giving back’.
Since opening the Centre new opportunities have come our way and we have been able to support local families with a parent and toddler group called Noah’s Ark, open a community garden we call GROW and birth a local Foodbank.
In 2008, after meeting several Pastors in Zambia who were running free community schools out of their church buildings, we sent our first team over to build some much needed classrooms. Since then we have developed our relationships with these Pastors, their churches and schools. In May 2010 we began a child sponsorship programme to help develop and resource these schools further.
Our vision is to meet the immediate need of the orphans and vulnerable children in these communities through child sponsorship and feeding programmes at each of the community schools and in time set up businesses in the surrounding area so that each project becomes self sustaining.