Stroud News and Journal 29th August 2017

Marah Trust has raised more than £100 at its 100 Friends meet and greet fundraising event in the grounds of St Laurence Church.

A free drop-in service is run three times a week by the Stroud-based Christian charitable organisation the Marah Trust.

Volunteers offer a free hot meal with no questions asked and give rough sleepers a welcoming place to meet and socialise.

From its hub at the Stroud Valley Scouting & Community Centre in Chapel Street, they work with people on the margins of society, those who are excluded from the everyday, positive experiences of life due to their circumstances.

29 Aug 2017 / Matt Bass

The full article can be found here: Article.

The new Marah office is for administration only and is not open to visitors.

For advice and assistance, please call in at the Marah Drop-in at the Scout Hut on Tuesday or Wednesday between 1 and 3 pm.

The new Marah office address is:

Marah Trust
Open House, Painswick Inn
Gloucester Street

The new phone number is: 01453 367006

Marah is Changing

When Marah began 15 years ago, the aim was to provide one hot meal a week and a place of welcome and hospitality for vulnerable people in Stroud.

From this humble beginning, Marah has grown. It now provides 3 meals a week at 2 locations; it runs an office in the town centre; employs a part-time manager and a cook and has over 40 excellent volunteers.

The office at the Old Town Hall has been open since January and it has shown us all more clearly than ever how great a need there is for our service.

Our main focus and aim is to provide food for the body and, by our welcome and acceptance of others nourishment for the spirit.

With just one part-time Manager, however, fulfilling the task in 3 locations has become difficult. Therefore, to focus our efforts better and more economically, the trustees have decided to co-locate the provision of hot meals (the Drop-in service) and our advocacy service (the pop-in) at the Scout hut in Chapel Street from January 2016. Saturday’s Drop-in meal will continue at the Baptist Church Hall.

A small administration office will be found elsewhere.

We will keep this arrangement under review to check whether it is working and may modify it again in future as circumstances and funding allow.

FUNDRAISING EVENT on 5th November 2015

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the numbers of people in Stroud who have no fixed abode. This means that they do not have a place to call home.

National figures tell us that one in Five Teenagers have sofa surfed. Sofa surfing is a term used to describe a situation where someone is sleeping in other people’s accommodation on the floor or on a sofa. People may be going from one place to another to keep a roof over their head, people who sofa surf are not included on the local Homelessness statistics!

We know that there are many people in Stroud of all age’s sofa surfing tonight.

If you do not have an address there are many things that you cannot do, you can’t register for benefits, health care, dental care and you can’t open a bank account.

If you are sofa surfing, how are you to stay organised? You have nowhere to store your things, you will be tired, you will have nowhere to go during the day and if you are lucky enough to be working you will inevitably be struggling with performance issues.

Marah supports people who are in this position by:

We need your support to raise money for Marah by undertaking a sponsored sleep out on 5th at St Laurence Church, then go into work/college from the site next day. We are also asking local businesses to support us through their staff undertaking the sponsored sleep out and then feeding back the learning next day to colleagues about what effect sleeping rough has on performance and one’s ability to live effectively in the modern society.

For details on how to take part visit the Rough Traders website.

Cardboard City in Stroud - Friday 7th March 2014

Twenty five supporters of The Marah Trust spent a night sleeping out in order to raise money through sponsorship.

Press coverage here: Stroud News and Journal, Stroud Life

Update: 19 May 2014

Cardboard City sponsorship and donations collected so far: £5,032.

Marah thanks everyone who took part in the event, all those who sponsored them or made a donation and everyone who helped in making the event a success.

We would like to thank the following charities and companies for their support:

Advanced Removals, Stroud For plastic sheeting for our sleepers

Costa Coffee (Stroud) For offering a free morning coffee for participants

Emmaus charity For support, practical help, donations and participation in the event

Iceland (Stroud) and Tesco (Stroud) For cardboard for our sleepers

The Midcounties Co-operative (Community team) For providing all the breakfast and other products for the event

Waitrose (Stroud) For providing water and financial support

The Wiggly Worm charity For providing the delicious soup and cakes for the event

Cardboard City in Stroud

The date and full details of the Cardboard City event will be available from Monday 3rd February. More later ....

Marah Trust is proud to announce the return of our Cardboard City fundraising event.

We are looking for kind and hardy people to sleep outdoors with us in the grounds of St. Lawrence Church and to ask others to sponsor them to do so.

As well as raising funds and support for our charity, our aim is to highlight the issue of homelessness in our area and the difficulties that vulnerable and socially excluded people experience in their lives.

If you are interested in supporting us with this event and are prepared to experience a night sleeping out in the open, we would love to hear from you.

The weather could be bad on the night and sleeping outside could be a challenge. We ask therefore that participants have a reasonable level of health and fitness.

Marah is Christian charity and the event will have a Christian feel to it – including an all-night prayer vigil at St. Matthews and other local churches. We welcome people and groups of all faiths and none and hope you can join us to make the event a success once again.

We invite those who are unable to sleep out to sponsor someone who can, or to support the event in other ways.

The date and full details of the Cardboard City event will be available from Monday 3rd February. More later ....

Please note, the Marah office is usually staffed from Monday to Wednesday. We will respond to you as as soon as we can. Many thanks from all at Marah.