THE work of the charity Christian Community Action was the subject of a talk at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club at Henley Golf Club.
Mireille Haviland, community relationship manager and fund-raiser, told how Nick Crowder started the charity in Reading in 1992 to help the poor by collecting items of furniture and selling them at nominal prices.
The council helped by offering low-cost properties to rent.
Mrs Haviland said there were now four shops and outlets in Reading as well as one in Wood Lane, Sonning Common, and all provided support by giving out emergency bedding and kitchen packs.
The charity also provided work placement opportunities in partnership with local organisations, such as Yeldall Manor in Wargrave, and offered to help people on benefits to understand changes to the entitlement rules.Although a Christian organisation supported by a number of local churches, CCA’s services were open to all poor people in the area.