The Vineyard Market is organised and run by Vineyard Compassion, a Coleraine based charity that exists to tackle poverty in the local community. All the money raised through the event goes towards the charity’s community based projects that offer a holistic approach to tackling poverty and its underlying root causes.
Vineyard Compassion’s mission is ‘to provide people with practical and emotional support at their point of need while empowering them to tackle the underlying root causes’. A key focus is always on the person and not just simply their ‘problem’, as we seek to restore dignity and revive hope. Another priority is to empower people to move from dependence to independence, where we don’t simply give a ‘hand-out’ but a ‘hand-up’.
Vineyard Compassion currently delivers over 650 interventions to individuals and families each month and during 2018 almost 350 volunteers were involved in organising and delivering this support. The 19 different projects include a Foodbank, Clothing Bank, Debt Counselling, Job Club, Supported Volunteering work programme, Life Skills course, Reset social supermarket, Supported Housing, Drop-In centre, Allotment and more. Check out www.vineyardcompassion.co.uk for more information.