Rotary Club of Reading

Christian Community Action Ministries (CCAM)

Christian Community Action Ministries was started in 1997 by Nick Crowder who had the vision of providing unwanted / pre-loved furniture to families and individuals who did not have the means to buy items such as beds, sofas, wardrobes and dining room tables and chairs. Nick was a 'man with a van'. The charity's mission statement is 'Demonstrating God's love by meeting people's practical needs and restoring self-worth'. Twenty-five years on, CCAM has 5 community shops serving the residents of Reading with a weekly drop-in in Caversham providing a free hot meal. CCAM serves people of any faith or none. Our community shops provide work experience for people who have been out of work and need to gain new skills or build up their confidence before going on to paid employment - volunteering opportunities for people with time to spare or those who have learning difficulties and need a safe supportive environment.
In 2017 we assisted a total 5,175 individuals and families across the Reading borough. Our Support Centre on the Oxford Rd dealt with 1,421 complex cases - often emergency furniture needs - helping families change their accommodation into a home - a bed to sleep in, a sofa to relax on and a table to eat at! We assisted 3 families / individuals every hour we were open in 2017.
Our mission is achieved through the income generated via our shops plus fundraising and financial donations. Our organisation passionately believes that reusing good quality goods is beneficial for everyone and our environment - a re-used item is one saved from landfill. One of our aims is to be the hand that catches someone when they stumble - be a support whilst they build up their own resilience to stand on their own two feet!
We want to be part of sustainable communities where everyone can thrive!
Note: In the week following Gill's visit some members have kindly donated a number of items to CCAM and we hope there will be more to follow.