StartaFresh provides pastoral support for adults who have encountered a crisis in their lives or find themselves socially disadvantaged or excluded. The objective is to help them build self esteem and to move on working towards a more autonomous lifestyle. Currently we have over forty registered members.

The project focuses on befriending and mentoring strategies working with each individual to enable them to move forward in their lives. This involves working closely with a broad range of service providers within the community as well as involving our own volunteer support. This project is managed by our StartaFresh co-ordinator Geraldine Crowley

StartaFresh has built up teams of volunteer befrienders and mentors to support members and those who just drop in. We provide training, guidance and support for the volunteers. We have achieved Approved Provider Status from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

StartaFresh received an Empowerment achievement award presented by the East Midlands Regional Empowerment partnership in February 2010. These awards are given to projects which make a real difference for local people and improve quality of life.

For more information, contact Geraldine Crowley 07950464093

Our Befriending Group now meets three times a week for a two hour session at midday. We also run essential skills and confidence building courses in partnership with other agencies operated either at Christ Church or in detached locations.

Monday: 1pm – 3pm/Thursday 1pm – 3pm Rutland Adult Learning Course/ St Georges coffee afternoon/ Friday 1pm – 3pm