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The Gap Project

The Gap Project in Broadstairs is a vibrant and innovative charity serving the local community, in an area of deprivation, using the fantastic facilities of Queens Road Baptist Church.

The ethos of the Gap Project is to provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Our person-centred approach enables everybody to have the opportunity to have a mentor to support them in fulfilling their potential.

Partnership Award Winner
A Shining Example of Church and Charity

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The GAP Project is an all-inclusive and welcoming church-based community project for groups, activities and individual support for people in poverty and deprivation. They are based within the Thanet area, which is placed within England's top 10% of most deprived authorities.

More than 1,000 people come through the doors each week and the project is supported by 120 volunteers who manage the Café and a large variety of groups and activities. The main aim of the project is to provide a safe place for people to access the support and resources they need to build their self esteem, make informed decisions and improve their quality of life.

It is a safety net for people to access in times of need - with access to advice, support, friendship and a hot meal in times of crisis. The project enables people to reach their potential, whether it be within education, relationships or employment.

Image of The Gap Project receiving their Partnership Award for AA Shining Example of Church and Charity
Image of The Gap Project receiving their Partnership Award for AA Shining Example of Church and Charity
Image of The Gap Project receiving their Partnership Award for AA Shining Example of Church and Charity

CFCT funding provided salaries for three key workers, all of whom have been central to the charity enabling them to expand their youth groups and develop a mentoring programme that enables young people to develop trust and share any issues they may have.

The project's plan now is to grow their social enterprise and sustainability, allowing them to be less reliant on grant funding. Their café is now open 6 days a week and their charity shop ‘Gap in the Market' is starting to make its mark and turn a profit.

GAP also plan to develop their programmes in four areas: their provision for the elderly, their work with the under 5's and families, their work with young people and also those with mental health issues. GAP have been central to the opening of the Thanet Winter Shelter and have also started a new volunteering project with the homeless - encouraging homeless individuals to volunteer.

The GAP project is a safety net and stepping stone for those in the local community and their impact is immeasurable.

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Café

A warm and friendly Cafe which is the central hub for the Project and a training base for many volunteers!

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Under 5s & Parents

Parents and children can meet in a warm and friendly environment for drinks, play, craft and songs!

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Young People

Traditional youth club activities and more! Pool, table tennis, play station, organised football and uni-hoc games.

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Education & Training

We are a UK On-line Centre and offer certificated courses. All Groups run by a Qualified and experienced Tutor.

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Older People

A group for older people which includes social interaction, guest speakers, craft activities, singing, and much more.

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Homeless Drop-in

A group for older people which includes social interaction, guest speakers, craft activities, singing, and much more.

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Special Needs

A social group for young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities, offering work placements...

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Specialist Activities

We have a mentoring project providing people with a mentor so they can formulate aims and goals to move forward with...

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