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Pathway Cafe - Great Yarmouth Team Ministry

The Pathway Cafe and Resource Centre based at the Mission Ministry in Great Yarmouth serves around 90 three-course dinners on weekdays plus soup and a one dish main course on Saturdays to the marginalised in the community. 

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Barbara Rowe said : “Our aim is to provide a safe and comfortable space offering friendship, respect, support and a hot meal to the vulnerable, lonely, displaced and homeless within our community.
 
"Sadly, we have recently been experiencing an upsurge in the number of clients requiring our services and advice – around 90 meals are served each session and an increased number of clients are seeking advice and/or signposting to local support agencies.”
 
Users of the Pathway Cafe and Resource Centre in Great Yarmouth are given access to support networks. This service relies on generous support provided by the team of volunteers, visiting support agencies, funding grants, and fresh food donations from local food outlet stores and other sources.
 
Volunteers are provided with development opportunities such as 'Foundation Course - Good Practice for Food Handlers within the Catering Environment' developed in collaboration with Great Yarmouth College.  Four volunteers have gained Level 2 Food Standard Agency Certificate.
 
There is an Open Day in June to celebrate the service and progression with a buffet lunch to give clients and volunteers information about their services and how to access them.  
 
The Pathway Choir is newly formed and meets on Wednesdays with members drawn from both the ministry's client group and volunteers.
 

Factfile


Project: Minster Mission – Pathway cafe
Who: Great Yarmouth Team Ministry
What: Community Meal
Where: Great Yarmouth
When: 12noon – 2pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (excluding Christmas day)
Numbers: 120 people – 840 meals each month
Contact: Rev Jemma Sander-Heys, Team Vicar at teamvicar@gtyarmouthminster.org or Barbara Rowe at barbara.rowe@sky.com


 The Living Room is run in conjunction with Imagine Norfolk Together (CUF) and provides a hot meal and the breakfast at the night shelter. 

Factfile


Project: The Living Room
Who: Great Yarmouth Team Ministry with Imagine Norfolk Together (CUF)
What: Homeless project with breakfast and hot meal
Where: Great Yarmouth
When: Weekly
Numbers: 12 people – 40 meals each month
Contacts: Rev Jemma Sanders-Heys, Team Vicar at teamvicar@gtyarmouthminster.org or 01493 304609 

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Norfolk Feeds 5000 is a research project which aims to establish the extent to which the Christian community across Norfolk is meeting the simple command of Jesus to "feed the hungry".

Christian churches, groups and individuals across Norfolk meet the needs of the hungry and the thirsty every day of the year through foodbanks, free community meals, homeless projects, soup runs, Messy Church and other activities.
 
A simple survey has been conducted to attempt to quantify the extent to which this is happening and the findings of the survey will be published here, including many of the stories about the projects which feed people throughout Norfolk.
 
The project is supported by Celebrate Norfolk, Network Norfolk, Christian Aid, the Diocese of Norwich, Good News for Norwich & Norfolk and Bright Map and is named after the Bible story of the Feeding of The 5000.

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