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About us

Our desire is to show God’s love in a practical way

We provide practical support

As Christians, Jesus calls us to look after the poor and to be generous, and we try to do this through the work of The Arches. We provide furniture and household items free of charge to those in emergency situations and financial hardship who have been referred to us.

We provide support

We developed Step Forward Employability, a programme that equips people who have never been in work, or are wanting to return to work, with the skills they need to succeed. The heart of Step Forward is to restore dignity and to help people fulfil their potential that Jesus has given to each of us.

How we started

In 2001, Trent Vineyard started The Arches after Helen Murphy felt God calling her to work in a practical capacity with and for those in need. Trent Vineyard is a large contemporary church in Nottingham with a vision to serve and help those in need, the disadvantaged and the socially excluded in Nottingham.

A row of derelict arches under Abbey Bridge was converted and renovated into a place to store and distribute furniture, household goods, clothing, baby equipment and emergency food. After 11 years of growth, we moved into a building on Lenton Lane, next to Trent Vineyard.

With over 200 volunteers from Trent Vineyard, The Arches is able to reach out to thousands of vulnerable people, taking referrals from over 100 organisations in Nottingham.

Stories of how Jesus changes lives

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    Dawid’s story

    Following surgery on tumours on his thyroid, Dawid developed learning memory and speech difficulties. He came to help paint the building, not realising what impact The Arches would have on his life.

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    Alex's story

    Alex is a recovering alcoholic and was more or less on the streets. He was kicked out of his flat and ended up in a dry house. He started to volunteer at The Arches, finding space to start fresh.

Meet the team

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    Ali

    Ali is our Senior Ministry Pastor and looks after all of our compassion ministries at Trent Vineyard

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    Dave

    Dave is one of our Ministry Pastors and he heads up our Step Forward Ministries

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    John

    John heads up Trent Justice, Overseas Ministry Support and Refugee Support

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    John

    John is responsible for practical provision and business development at Trent Compassion

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    Bryony

    Bryony heads up the office, and the packing and sorting teams

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    Linda

    Linda heads up the Step Forward Employability programme

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    James

    James supports Linda on the Step Forward Employability programme

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    Hannah

    Hannah works with our referrals to the Arches and manages our onsite shop, The Attic

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    Laura

    Laura supports Ali and Dave administratively and also heads up Soup Run and Step Forward Community

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    Toby

    Toby oversees furniture donations in the warehouse

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    Caroline

    Caroline helps to enable support for our refugees and supports those who go to work overseas

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    Heather

    Heather heads up the Step Forward Money Advice team

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    Chris

    Chris supports Heather on the Step Forward Money Advice team

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    Mandy

    Mandy heads up the Step Forward Housing programme, providing support and community for people living in temporary accommodation

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    Emily

    Emily is our Fundraiser and supports our business development

The Arches community group

"It’s a privilege to come alongside and build relationships with people from all walks of life, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, offering support to those who are facing difficult circumstances for many different reasons. With openness and vulnerability, people have shared their stories with us. And as a team, we constantly feel humbled and inspired by the amazing and resilient people we meet."

Helen Murphy