WHO ARE WE?
We are a city-centred church with a vision to see the city of Lincoln transformed. We work in partnership with local organisations (such as the NHS, Lincoln City Council, and the Greater Lincoln Active Faith Network) to meet the needs of the city of Lincoln.
We exist to see people encounter the LOVE of God, learn to LIVE more like Jesus and to GO in the power of the Spirit to see lives and communities transformed. As a city-centred church with a vision for social action and a commitment to local partnerships, our impact reaches beyond the walls of the church.
WHAT IS THE SALTHOUSE?
Following a roof collapse in 2017, our building has been closed and we have been “on-tour” ever since, running our services and social outreach projects from a number of hired facilities throughout the week.
Last year, the Diocese of Lincoln purchased a new building, leasing it to St. Swithin’s on a 30-year contract. We have named this building “The Salthouse” and we are in the process of refurbishing this previously derelict building for use by the church and wider community for social outreach projects, church gatherings, and space for community use.
Once the building is open, it will facilitate the following:
- Mental health ‘Crisis Cafe’, open late at night for those in distress
- ‘Love Your Neighbour’ (social response to Covid-19 which provides emergency food packages, a volunteer-led phone contact with isolated people, assistance with emergency errands and practical support to key workers)
- Befriending support for ex-offenders and vulnerable adults
- Engagement opportunities for College and University students
- Holiday Clubs for Children
- Youth club for 13-16 year olds
- Parent and Toddler Group
- Homeless ministry
- Alpha courses
- Midweek community groups and church gatherings
WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL THE BUILDING MAKE?
At the moment, we provide a range of services and opportunities for community, development and volunteering, and we are Lincoln’s largest provider of emergency provisions as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. However, we need this building to help us continue to increase our impact, to launch new projects that will address local needs and to make a difference in the lives of the people of Lincoln.
Once the Salthouse is complete, we plan to launch a Mental Health “Crisis Cafe” open late for those in distress, a befriending and mentoring service for vulnerable adults and ex-offenders, and to continue to grow the work of Love Your Neighbour to provide provisions and support to the most vulnerable families in Lincoln, as well as expanding other existing projects.
We will also provide performance and meeting spaces, addressing a need for affordable hire space in Lincoln, and create a “hot-desking” area to support local entrepreneurs and businesses.
Through these services, we respond to local needs, as well providing a welcoming and inclusive place for individuals to find a strong sense of support, purpose and expression of faith through Sunday and midweek church gatherings
WHO WILL THE PROJECT BENEFIT?
Reaching more than 1500 people across Lincolnshire last year, the work of St. Swithin’s impacts students, youth, parents and toddlers, prison leavers, schools, young leaders, and vulnerable people across Lincolnshire.
Here are some stories from people we work with:
“I come to help because I come in the evening for my dinner and I want to give back. It is helping me think about getting back into catering for a job. YMCA organise some courses so I might go along, I can practice here as I don’t get to cook normally. I have begun to make new friends.’- T, one of our guests
“Helping out on Monday’s helps give me some sort of routine. I have mental health problems. I feel safe here. I recently have self harmed again and I want to be involved to get things back on track. I like having people to talk to and helping with the cooking. It’s fun. I am good at cleaning- I can use that here to help people.” - one of our guests, B
“Several of my clients that have accessed this service have gone on to re-build their futures in such a positive way, gaining accommodation, employment, overcoming addictions and reconnecting with family members. I believe that this project has been a major part of those journeys, giving clients confidence, self worth, motivation and the ability to reintegrate back into the community.” - P3 support worker
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
The Salthouse refurbishment is over half way to completion but still needs a lot of work to bring the building into use. We need your help to raise the funds we need to complete this project and bring the building into use.
Every little bit of funding helps us to make a difference and create a welcoming and safe place for the city of Lincoln. We are so grateful for your support and the difference you are making!