‘Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
‘Loaves & Fishes' – is our homeless project that supports homeless and disadvantaged people from Stockport and the surrounding area.
It is based at the ‘Olive Branch’ drop in on Castle Street, Edgeley. Ed Leavy is the founder and team leader and is based at the Olive Branch from where we distribute clothes, bedding, tents, sleeping bags plus we provide emergency food parcels when needed. L&F also provides a hot meal every Sunday evening between 6 and 7.30pm at Stockport Baptist Church nr Greek Street Stockport. Along with a hot meal and drinks for about 45 people on average, we also provide winter clothing, tents, sleeping bags, underwear, gloves etc when we can. The project started in 2013 when Ed Leavy believed that God was calling him to start a ministry with the homeless of Stockport. After being told that there are no homeless in Stockport, Ed and the team pitched up in an empty car park in the middle of Stockport and began a simple soup kitchen type operation, with around 5 people turning up. A year later there were between 35 - 50 homeless people using the street kitchen. We were then offered the opportunity of using St. Mary’s in the Marketplace church which we did for the next six months before we moved again to ‘The Stepping Stones’ on middle hillgate which is a drop in run by Austin Moores. Eventually we outgrew the Stepping Stones, so were very fortunate to be given the use of the downstairs lounge and kitchen area at Stockport Baptist Church, where we have been ever since. We have been extremely blessed in the way that we have always managed to find a place to meet and we thank all those people who have supported us in so many different ways.
Our Mission, inspired by Christian values, is to create a safe, caring environment, where each person is valued and respected in a centre which provides services and facilities to minimise the effects of poverty, distress, social exclusion or illness amongst adults.
To meet the needs of homeless, disadvantaged and isolated adults, by providing a basic service which will enhance their quality of life. L&F gives companionship, support, practical help and sign posts and facilitates access to other statutory and voluntary services.
L&F has an ‘open door’ policy and was established to aid and assist homeless and disadvantaged people. L&F functions with a Christian Ethos and an Equal Opportunities Policy which does not countenance discrimination of any kind. The Christian Ethos is central to the way the service is delivered. The core values are ones which are shared by other faiths and philosophies of life.