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The Arches and what we do

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

We start with compassion, making time to listen and hear people’s stories and find out how we can help meet their needs.

About The Arches

In 2001, Trent Vineyard started The Arches. 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, mainly from Trent Vineyard, The Arches is able to reach out to thousands of vulnerable people, taking referrals from over 100 organisations in Nottingham.

The Arches warehouse shop floor

What We Do

We provide practical support

The Arches provides practical support free of charge to those in emergency situations and financial hardship who have been referred to us. They might have recently been housed with very little, be fleeing from domestic violence or seeking asylum. We aim to provide essentials to help with the immediate need and can also provide one-off emergency food parcels when needed.

We develop community

We have a number of additional groups that aim to build and encourage ongoing relationships, not only between our volunteers and visitors, but also among our visitors themselves. These include a group for women, a community group, and the opportunity to explore faith in a safe and supportive environment. Take a look at our events

We provide ongoing support

The Arches has a number of additional services to offer visitors who wish to engage in ongoing support, helping them get back on their feet one step at a time. We developed The Arches Inspiring Change Programme to empower people, giving them the skills to move on in their lives, which could include future employment. We also run a furniture restoration workshop where we take placements from partner agencies.

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 Delaney

    Ali looks after all of our compassion ministries at Trent Vineyard

  • Dave Ellis image

    Dave Ellis

    Dave heads up our Community Groups

  • John Pagdin image

    John Pagdin

    John is responsible for practical provision and business development at The Arches.

  • Marie Hammond image

    Marie Hammond

    Marie is responsible for discipleship and team development.

  • Bryony Lunn image

    Bryony Lunn

    Bryony heads up administration and the office team.

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    Linda Fugard

    Linda leads the Arches Inspiring Change programme.

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    Emily Gardiner

    Emily is our Fundraiser and supports our business development.

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    Caroline Seal

    Caroline works with our refugees

  • Laura Hayton image

    Laura Hayton

    Laura supports Dave with our Community Groups

  • Natalie Shakespeare image

    Natalie Shakespeare

    Natalie heads up our Warehouse and Van teams.

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    Lauren Jones

    Lauren works with our new volunteers, and heads up the Project Working and Reception teams

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    Esther Howie

    Esther looks after our Attic shop

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