Local Community

Open Door

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The doors are open at the Old Library on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon for Open Door.

There is a café atmosphere with tea, coffee and home-made cakes. It is a place where help and support can always be found. Debt advice, Acts 435 (providing help for specific needs), distribution for Gillingham foodbank, household packs, support, prayer or just a cup of tea are all available at Open Door and everyone is welcome.

Linking Lives

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The aim of this is to get alongside lonely and vulnerable people in our community to show Jesus' love in whatever way we can. We are working with local agencies, GPs and community figures to ensure that we target those areas where need is greatest. The Western Gazette reported on the launch of the service, which is Linking Lives' 10th service nationally. 

If you would like to volunteer as a befriender with Link, please speak to Carol or Alison. Otherwise you can phone 07437 312166 to get more details. Gillingham Linking Lives Newsletter.


Acts 435

GCC has joined Acts 435, which is a way of giving to anyone in need in different parts of the country through participating churches. If there is a need, people can contribute to that need and the money will be channeled through the nearest local church.

An advocate from the church will meet with the person who needs help to check if they are genuine and if there are any other needs as well as an opportunity to share the Gospel. Our advocate is Toni Shave. To find out more or if you want to give check out the website www.acts435.org.uk.

Gillingham Foodbank


Launched in December 2011, the Gillingham Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust's UK foodbank network which works in partnership with local churches and communities to open foodbanks nationwide. There are over 100 foodbanks in the UK. Last year UK foodbanks fed over 60,000 people.

Latest news and updates on the Gillingham Foodbank website.


Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling charity with a network of debt centres based in local churches. CAP offers hope and a solution to people in debt through its top quality, in-depth service. Gillingham Community Church has partnered with CAP since February 2008 to offer debt counselling in our community. The service we offer is completely free.

Call 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment with the North Dorset debt centre or call 01747 825611 for more info (office usually open Tuesday to Thursday).

Visit www.capdebthelp.org to find out more about our services or read the CAP North Dorset Newsletter.


Bubbles is a community toddler group for children aged birth–five years and their carers. It runs every Friday during term time from 10–11.30am in The Old Library. There are toys and activities, story, snack and song time. The cost is £1 per family and all are welcome.