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Winter Night Shelter goes from strength to strength
Astounding numbers of volunteers have come forward this year to support guests in Coventry Winter Night Shelter (CWNS) this year - over 350 people are volunteering their valuable time! Over 40 people have been helped so far this winter, with 5 moving into settled accommodation already. CWNS is also very grateful all of the financial and hundreds of physical donations received for the homeless guests this year from individuals, churches, social groups and companies. The Amazon wishlist has been incredibly useful, ensuring that the donations received are exactly what is needed, and financial donations have gone some way in covering core costs. For more details on CWNS, email
City of Culture meets community and church leaders on 7th March
On Thursday 7th March from 12pm-2.30pm, Martin Sutherland (Chief Executive of Coventry City of Cultures 2021) will be engaging with Christian leaders and organisation in Coventry as part of the HOPE Coventry Leaders' Lunch to plan how we can all contribute to this celebration of culture together. As part of this, there will be an opportunity for churches and related organisations in Coventry to showcase/exhibit their projects together to demonstrate their impact on our city. To come along, and to request display space at this event, book your FREE ticket via the Eventbrite link, or contact with any questions. There are limited places,so do book in ASAP.

Coventry Street Pastors - could you be a pair of hands on the street?

Coventry Street Pastors are starting a new training course; the aim is to recruit another 30 pastors, to increase the number of patrols out to 3 each Friday and Saturday night. They patrol the city centre Friday and Saturday night from 10pm-3am, looking after those who are working and those out enjoying themselves, ensuring they get home safely and that the city is a welcoming place for all. If you are interested and would like to come out on patrol as an observer, contact Isabel McIntyre on 07770160909 or

Visit from the House of Lords

HOPE Coventry were delighted to recently host a last-minute gathering of local Christians working in social action projects to meet with Lord Nat Wei, social entrepreneur, Christian, and founder of Teach First. It was a time of networking and prayer for one another's projects, and we hope that it will spark the beginning of a potential coming together of innovative ideas to transform our city.
Crossline listening training
Date: Saturday 26th January, 2nd Feb, 2nd March, 16th March
Time: 10am-4pm
Place: Coventry City Mission
Details: New listeners are needed to meet the demand for the Crossline service as less than 50% of the calls are answered. New listeners to do a 2 hour shift from home each week on a day of their choice between 9am and Midnight. This involves listening & praying for people about a whole variety of issues. These may include Prayer for Healing, Spiritual Issues, Mental Health, Loneliness, Relationships, Finance, Work or a Christian Discussion. No shift is ever the same. It is rewarding being a listener providing an opportunity to share your faith, encourage callers & to pray for them; to make a positive difference to people’s lives each week. For more information, contact John Pither,

Addressing homelessness in Coventry
Date: Wednesday 30th January
Time: 7.30pm
Place: Limbrick Wood Baptist church, Faseman Ave, Tile Hill
Details: Hope into Action will be giving a talk on how you and your church can make a lasting difference to those who find themselves homeless in our city. For more, see the Facebook event.

Discover the Classics V
Date: Saturday 2nd February
Time: 6pm-9pm
Place: Coventry Cathedral
Details: Coventry Cathedral Chorus brings Discover the Classics back to the stage with a fifth concert packed full of musical favourites specially designed for GCSE and A-Level music students. With Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra and over 100 children joining the Chorus, the programme includes something for everyone! Tickets available from £5-£10 via the website.

Prayer for Christian Service
Date: Monday 4th February
Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm
Place: Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral
Details: Workcare offer chaplaincy support services, a listening ear, job clubs and workplace support for employees, employers, and those out of work locally. Come and hear all about the project and pray for it. For more, contact 02476 413004 or

Training on dementia, scams, and intergenerational conversation
Date: Tuesday 5th February
Time: 6pm
Place: St George's church, Coundon
Details: Good Neighbours Coventry is hosting a free evening of extended training on topics which its befrienders may encounter when out in the community befriending isolated elderly people. For more details, email

Saturday lunchtime recitals
Date: Saturday 9th February
Time: 1pm
Place: Holy Trinity Church, centre of Coventry
Details: The popular free lunchtime recitals resume on 9th February, with the first including vocal soprano Jinny Yoon, joined by cellist Bora Kim from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Donations towards the restoration of the organ are encouraged. For more details, see the full listing.

Befriend a local elderly person
Date: Monday 11th February
Time: 7pm
Place: Christ the King Catholic church, Westhill Road, Coundon 
Details: Have you got a New Year's resolution to make new friends, or perhaps to make a difference to your community? If you would like to make friends with a local older person, then find out how you can make a tremendous impact through Good Neighbours Coventry with just an hour a week or fortnight. Email for more or see the Facebook event.
Invitation to meet the Co-founders of Christian Concern

Andrea Minichiello Williams and Pastor Ade Omooba, co-founders of Christian Concern, will be visiting Coventry this Saturday 26th January from 3pm-5pm. In 2018 Christian Concern celebrated 10 years at the forefront of Christian action in this country, particularly in speaking out on gospel issues, often at the vanguard of political, social and legal action. 
There has never been a more significant moment for Christians to “speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves”. To hear about the work of Christian Concern, have deeper insight about the state our nation and to consider how the church in Coventry could actively engage with this work, come along to The Hope Centre, Vauxhall Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV1 5LF. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP via the Eventbrite link.

Coventry older people have a fantastic Christmas

Good Neighbours Coventry, the befriending project for Coventry elderly people, ran a fantastic Christmas afternoon tea celebration with sandwiches, tea and cakes, as well as a carol service with a local nursery singing carols to people with dementia. Some attendees at these events had not left the house except to go to medical appointments in months or even years.

Existing volunteers and interested parties are invited to further training on the topics of dementia, scams and engaging cross-generational conversation on Tuesday 5th February at 6pm at St George's Church, Coundon. To confirm attendance, email volunteercelebration@

If you would like to befriend a local older person and bring joy to their life and yours, just get in touch with the team by emailing goodneighbourscoventry
Job Opportunities
Administration Manager
22.5 hrs/week, £19,500 pro rata
The Light House
The Light House provides a Christian counselling service to local people, and requires a new administrator to facilitate this, being in regular contact with the general public, and liaising with staff and volunteers. They must be computer literate and sympathetic to the Christian ethos of the Light House. See the job advert for more on this post. Closing date: 1st February.
Church and Tenant Empowerment Worker
8 hrs/week, £21,000 pro rata
Hope into Action
Hope into Action: Coventry currently have one home, housing up to 3 homeless men, which is supported by a local church. Their vision is to grow to five houses by 2022. If you like to see people reach their potential and have a heart for getting churches involved with people on the outskirts of society - this could be for you! You will journey with tenants, and also support church volunteers. You must show initiative, confidence and demonstrate working ecumenically, and be a great listener, mature Christian and resilient character. See the job advert for more on this post. Closing date: 4th February.
Personal Assistant
full time, £20,000-£23,000
HOPE Together, Rugby
HOPE Together, the national HOPE umbrella charity based in Rugby, requires a person with excellent organisational, communication, computer and time management skills to be the next PA for its Executive Director. See the job advert for more on this post. Applicants should email their CV to denise.bromley@
 by the closing date: 22nd February.
Cathedral Verger
full time, £15,099
Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral need a verger with a good level of fitness, who can demonstrate that they have a mature attitude, are reliable and are able to work under pressure, with minimum supervision. For more information, see the website. Closing date: 18th February.
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