Elim Baptist Church

We support a variety of organisations:

Blackwood Street Pastors
Crafts for Everyone
Baptist missionary Society
House of Joy 
The Ugly Duckling Company
Barnabas Fund
Tear Fund 
World Vision
Park View 
Blackwood Food Bank 
Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter 

For more information on any of these - see below! 

Blackwood Street Pastors 

news 2009 
news 2010

Crafts for Everyone - here 

Baptist Missionary Society - link

House of Joy -  link

The Ugly Duckling Company - link 

Barnabas Fund - link 

Tear Fund - link 

World Vision - link 

Blackwood Baptist Church - Mount Pleasant  Link 


“A Place of Change” Parkview Project

 Park-View is a supported accommodation project in Blackwood, Gwent. It contains eight self-contained flats for people who are homeless and have already successfully completed an alcohol/substance detox programme and who are not dependant on substitute medication. The project works positively with the Service Users as a place of change to gain skills and to establish accommodation back within the community.


The project is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Support Workers at the project key-work each Resident to address their individual support needs such as budgeting, health, relationship issues, life and tenancy skills, work, education and training. The main aim of the project is to address the Service users’ accommodation issues and to move Residents on towards independent living whilst supporting each individual to prevent relapse and gain new skills to reinforce a more positive lifestyle.


Extensive renovation work has been undertaken on the building to create the high quality flats, staff offices and activities room. Our housing partner in this new venture is Charter Housing Association who also own the project building. The project is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Caerphilly Supporting People Team. The project opened on the 14th of December 2009.


Blackwood Food Bank 

Purpose of the Project

To distribute emergency food aid to individuals and families in short term crisis.

The Food

Tinned and dried food items are collected by members of the public, charities, churches, schools and businesses and stored for future distribution.

The Clients

Clients are individuals and families who have suffered a crisis resulting in inability to purchase food for themselves or their families. The crisis is caused by a sudden change in personal circumstances. Some of the most common causes: cut or delay in benefit, refused crisis loan, delayed wages, debt, homelessness, low income, unemployment, domestic violence and sickness. The clients are referred to the food bank by partner distributors such as local authority agencies and local care professionals who hold emergency food vouchers. Although long term assistance is provided by local care agencies there is usually a gap between the client making first contact with the agency and the client’s urgent needs being met. The purpose of the food bank is to address this short term crisis until agencies are able to address the root cause.

The Distributors

Organisations and agencies with face to face client contact act as distributors, holding emergency food vouchers which they can give to clients in short term crisis. Distributors working with food bank projects in Wales include: benefit offices, social services departments, health visitors and organisation such as Action for children, homelessness, charities and domestic abuse services. The distributors find the food bank a lifeline and working together with food bank they are able to provide full services to clients from the first contact through to the client’s case being resolved.

The Foodbank Centre

When the clients arrive in the centre they find a safe, comfortable environment where they can enjoy a hot drink or snack as their food is being collated by the food bank volunteers. Through an informational chat with the client, food bank volunteers can assess further needs and signpost clients to appropriate support services.


The food bank uses the skills of the volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities. Volunteers are supported with training and experience with a view to maximising their employment potential. All volunteers are valued members of the food bank team.

Contact: Mr G. Spencer – Mobile: 07581 655510 – Email: gavstribe@aol.co.uk