Kingdom Way Trust
Kingdom Way Trust is a Christian charitable organisation based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK. We coordinate the Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter. We run a supported house called 'The Bridge' which aims to provide a bridge from homelessness to independent living, from an old to a new life, from hopelessness to hope. We are a local partner of the national charity 'Hope into Action' providing homes for vulnerable people, and we run an employability project called Hope Woodwork, providing a non-threatening environment that equips people for work.
We started in 2010 with the aim of providing shelter for rough sleepers during the cold winter months, and showing love and compassion.
We quickly realised that wasn’t enough. Turning someone back on to the streets on the 1st of March when the night shelter closed meant we’d only helped with the symptoms of homelessness and not addressed the causes. Whilst there is a place for night shelters, our aim is to facilitate sustainable solutions if people really want to change.
To that end, in June 2014 we opened our first house to provide supported living, a place for people to address barriers to a stable lifestyle and discover skills, attitudes and values that will give substance to their hope for a better future. This house is called ‘The Bridge’ and you can read more about it here. We also run other projects which you can read about on our website – Hope Woodwork and Hope into Action.