Supporting mental health challenges in Hawkwell

Thursday Dec 14, 2023

One of the latest groups to benefit from a Community Fund grant, chosen by members, is the Hawkwell Baptist Church. They will be using the four-figure donation to further develop the counselling service they are in the process of setting up within the heart of the Rochford community.

We visited the new site and met the driving force behind the project, and one of Hawkwell’s local ministers, Richard Iles. Richard is behind the series of charity shops that sit together on the local shopping parade, going by the name ‘Faith, Hope and Charity’. His latest project is intended to support and improve the mental health of those in the area by offering a site for free or low-cost counselling services from a ‘Community Support Hub’.

Pauline Dodd, Chair of the Membership Committee – the group of members who select which charities will benefit from our fund, was most impressed. “I’ve never seen a whole parade of shops all dedicated to supporting a community before, and I’m sure the Community Hub will continue the wonderful efforts that Richard and his team have made up already. I particularly like the book shop cafe and plan to pop back when I have more time!”

For more information on the various community projects that are being run by the Hawkwell Baptist Church, you can find them on facebook or view their website here. For more information on Chelmsford Star’s Community Fund, visit here.