Beach Campus in New Brighton
City Campus in Phillipstown
Established in 2003, Compassion Trust is a charitable trust that serves families and individuals who are in need and living in the eastern suburbs.
Over time, the popularity of these events grew as the community came to appreciate the love, encouragement and support that volunteers from Grace Vineyard provided. By 2007, around 200 guests attended seven events held annually, culminating with a Christmas meal attended by 450 people. In 2006, Compassion Trust began to personally deliver school lunches to low income families. By 2009, school lunches (with home-baked cookies supplied by Grace Volunteers) were being delivered to 47 families each week, feeding 150 kids.
A key role of the Trust is matching up the needs of the community with willing volunteers from within Grace Vineyard Church who love serving in practical ways. Following the February 2011 earthquake, the Trust undertook a community need assessment project to fully understand the needs of the eastern suburb. It became clear that high demand existed for a community based free budget advice service. After much planning, recruiting, training and networking and building relationships with local support organizations, Compassion Trust Budget Advice Service was formed on the 7th October 2012.
Our vision is "Embracing, Equipping and Empowering our Community."
Our team assist with financial mentoring (budgeting), advocacy and working with creditors, debt management, money courses and community care programmes.
Our community care programmes consist of:
1. Fortnightly community lunch at Beach Campus on Mondays starting at 12 noon
2. Coffee and Chat at Beach Campus every Wednesday in term time from 9-10.30am
3. Beach Vista Social Club at Beach Campus every Thursday in term time from 1.30-4pm
4. Latimer Square Outreach every Friday night from 6-7pm.
A community organization like ours needs good infrastructure, resources and staff to be effective and that comes at a cost. Would you like to consider becoming "A Friend of Compassion Trust" and partner with us? We welcome all financial donations whether it is weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You may wish to support the ministry by choosing a specific food item to add to our food parcels.
Please email the office for our account details by clicking here and using the following banking details: Reference: Giving Number Code: Compassion
Remember that donations to charitable trusts are eligible for a 33% tax credit.