The Well – Gorleston Baptist Church  

The Well is an outreach of Gorleston Baptist Church offering a place of welcome and community to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the borough of Great Yarmouth.  They welcome on average sixty people every Monday and Thursday for a three course meal.

Norfolk feeds 5000logo243The Well in Gorleston is a caring community which aims to be a place where people in need feel accepted, loved and valued. They work with partners to support people with different needs – including addictions, mental health problems, debt or homelessness. The work reflects their Christian beliefs and everyone is welcome, whoever they are.

The services are all free to use and include a foodbank (part of the Great Yarmouth foodbank), a biweekly community lunch, mental health support, and a group to help with addiction.

Manager Liz Townson says “The Well is part of Gorleston Baptist’s ‘Drop in’ initiative; a place where our local community can receive support, compassion and a free meal. The Well aims to help and encourage the most hard-to-reach and disadvantaged members of our local area by being witnesses of God’s love and demonstrating this through acts of service and compassion.

"In this way church can be experienced by those who might not otherwise attend a traditional Sunday service. The Well is a place of refuge and friendship to those who have perhaps fallen on hard times or who are struggling through a variety of reasons to support themselves. Many are in want of practical help, encouragement and advice to signpost them in the right direction. Others might need someone simply willing to listen to any concerns they might have.

There are opportunities to share the gospel and to pray according to each individual’s needs and an allotment area has been cultivated at the back of the church which is tended by visitors of The Well, providing a source of dignity as well as self-sufficiency.”


Project: The Well
Who: Gorleston Baptist Church
What: Community Meal with listening and support
Where: Gorleston
When: Twice weekly
Numbers: Up to 100 people – up to 600 meals. Average attendance 65.
Contact: Liz Townson, Manager by email at or call 07786 952306 

Photo: Photo from Gorleston Baptist Church website 'The Well team unloading food'

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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.
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