In June 2010, Arena Church in partnership with Arena Community launched its own foodbank as a result of an increasing awareness of the number of people in Ilkeston with no food and in need of emergency supplies. The people of Arena Church brought groceries to the church as often as they could, and a team were on hand to sort, pack and distribute the collected food. Since then, we have grown into a charity that supports multiple needs across a wide area.


During these times of change when a coronavirus pandemic is threatening our very way of life, there’s an even greater need for help and support, and we’ve already had record numbers come to us. Even when the lockdown is over, we will need to make communities liveable again, as families in our area will be affected in the long term. We’re announcing the launch of our Let’s Do This campaign, to help us combat the problems that we can see are happening now and will be happening in the future.




Arena Community foodbank is based at the Community Hub on Belfield Street, Ilkeston. The foodbank was started in response to the needs within Cotmanhay and Ilkeston. It was clear that individuals and families were struggling to afford the most basic necessities.


Arena Community took on the lease for the old Woolworth’s building on Bath Street, Ilkeston in late 2014. After receiving funding, the ground floor was refurbished and The Project opened for business in January 2017.


Care for a Coffee is a programme where everyone is welcome. We serve hot and cold drinks and light refreshments.


CLOSET CLEAROUT – IN SUPPORT OF ARENA COMMUNITY – BRING ALL YOUR PRE LOVED CLOTHES – SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER 10.00 AM – 1.00 PM   On Saturday 24th October from 10.00 am – 1.00pm a team from Arena Community and Wards Recycling will be receiving......

  The Project is Reopening on Thursday 15th October. Come on down to The Project on Bath Street, Ilkeston, to see the massive discounts that will be available in store, along with our new look Cafe and Charity Shop. Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Find out more......

7pm on Saturday 5th September 2020: A night of live music and entertainment with special guest appearance from Daniel Tompkins of Tesseract. A free event with any donations on the night to go to the work of Arena Community Charity. Watch live at Produced in......

The Let’s Do This campaign has been featured on Erewash Sound on Thursday 21st May, 2020. An interview with Lead Pastor of Arena Church Kristian Thorpe will be available on the Listen Again section of their website soon, and details of the campaign can be......

The Let’s Do This campaign has been featured on Radio Derby on Sunday 17th May, 2020. In an interview with Twiggy (Andy Twigge), Lead Pastor of Arena Church Kristian Thorpe explains the motivation behind the campaign and the need the community will be facing over......

Arena Community is a registered charity (number 1115569) established in 2006 and is a local response to issues of poverty, isolation, homelessness and unemployment in and around Ilkeston, Derbyshire and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Our foodbank has been operating for over 10 years. Last year we helped......

Arena Community is more than just a church. As its name states, it is a community serving the community. Reaching out to those who are vulnerable and in need of support, Arena really does help people back on their feet and feel part of a loving and caring community


It is always uplifting to be part of the community services, whether at Christmas or summertime and see the support offered and received by so many. The way volunteers from Arena reach out into the community is so well demonstrated by the uplifting performances by the local junior schools, every child showing confidence and enjoying their singing and dancing.


Thank you to Pastor Kristian and his team.

Maggie Throup MP
Member of Parliament for Erewash

The Arena Church provides a much needed community service supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the local community and in recognition of this the Council has helped to fund a number of projects through its Community Grants programmes.


An excellent example of their work was the introduction of its own foodbank in Ilkeston which provides food and emergency supplies to those most in need. They also took on the lease for the old Woolworths building on Bath Street, Ilkeston in late 2014 to provide a community meeting place at The Project’s café whilst facilitating training and employment opportunities for local people.


The Arena Church’s strength is its passion to give back to the community which is equally matched by the dedication and commitment of its own staff.

Lorraine Poyser, Director of Community Services
Erewash Borough Council

We support many families who are vulnerable, especially during the Covid-19 crisis, and I’d like to thank Arena for all their help, particularly during this time. Arena have proved invaluable in helping clients with generous and thoughtful food parcels and have always given willingly.


Arena are always more than happy to help, friendly and willing and have supported many families to feed their children. We’ve had lots of lovely comments from those families who’ve been thrilled with the food parcels, especially the little extras for the children, such as sweet treats which have really uplifted them.


This has been a such valuable support service for local families during these difficult times. Thank you!

Di Shaw, Team Co-ordinator, Children’s Social Services, Derbyshire County Council’s Erewash Area Office

While Women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end.

General William Booth
Founder of the Salvation Army