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Adelaide House & Merseyside CRC Women's Community Payback working in partnership with Kensington Methodist Church ; (August 2014)

This is the article that featured recently in the national Methodist News publication.

 Learning and Caring - Community Payback Helps the Church

Kensingthon Methodist Church , Liverpool

A women's residence in Liverpool has struck up a partnership with a local Methodist church. Adelaide House provides residential support for up to 20 women. The staff work with women who are experiencing difficulties with the law, drugs, alcohol addiction, mental health issues, domestic violence, learningdifficulties, self-harm and homelessness.

Once a week around ten women from Adelaide House turn up at Kensington Methodist Church to do work in the garden as part of their community service orders.

<p">Deacon Flip den Uil said: "Our garden is a small, safe and secluded space, right in a busy part of Liverpool. My main aim is that the church is a safe haven for everyone. We work together, have coffee or tea together. One of the most important things is that we all sit down in the church and have lunch together. The women seem to enjoy this so much so that they sometimes bring something they have made at home to share with the whole group."

At a recent coffee morning organised by the church, the women were invited to show off the garden to church members. Deacon Flip den Uil said that the congregation had renewed its interest in the garden, which has now become more manageable. "I feel privileged to be working with the people of Adelaide House and that I am able to show that 'the Church' really cares about everyone," he said.



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