Over the past 10 years Arena Community has been actively serving the community through many impactful local initiatives that benefits 1000’s each month. It is the community arm of Arena Church, based in Ilkeston, and it continues to make a difference for scores of people through the work of an army of volunteers and a small team of staff.
We practically serve and assist the most vulnerable and hurting across the M1 from J25 -28, which also includes helping some with life controlling issues. This may be the lone parent doing their best to raise children, while also serving children who are hungry and vulnerable. It also means we do much work amongst those who are elderly and lonely.
It costs £100,000s to operate this charity each year, and Arena Community has only secured small grants over the years compared to the scale of the operation. In reality, the charity is only able to function through the goodwill of many local people, generous church donations from Arena Church that runs into £1000s each month, and the donations of many generous businesses, businesspeople and individuals.
We run businesses such as Arena Hope and The Project as an endeavour to generate our own income, so that we do not become solely dependent upon grants and government support. Through the running of charity shops, charity coffee shops, the repairing and renewing of furniture (which is then sold through our shops and online) we are able to create employment for people in the town and any profit is put straight back into Arena Community. This enables the charity to provide many services across the M1 corridor that we serve.