A CENTRE FOR THE COMMUNITY
We are an independent charity in Kibworth, Leicestershire. Built on Christian values, we are a centre for the local community: a place of sanctuary, specialising in support for vulnerable and disadvantaged members.
The Well largely generates its own income through a charity clothes shop and a cafe. These aspire to work along ethical line. Our cafe serves delicious food and drink; homemade and locally sourced as far as possible and great value for money. The charity shop is stocked with second hand clothes and accessories, and recycles everything it cannot sell.
Our community is special because we run our centre and services almost entirely through volunteer involvement. Our volunteers deeply embody the ethic of receiving being in the giving, and come from a range of backgrounds, ages and walks of life. We like to shape our offering to the community around the skills and needs of our members and are always open to more volunteers joining in! Please come in and talk about volunteering with us.
Listening carefully to the wider community and their innovative ideas is also central to being a hub for social interaction and the alleviation of isolation in our rural location. Our venue is available for hire at minimal cost for any person or party wishing to run events that promote our inclusive, friendly ethos. Please contact our centre manager for more information.
THE TEAM AT THE WELL
Our centre manager, Emma Dowman, is also a licensed lay pioneer for the Diocese of Leicester and as such is passionate about working with the local community to start new initiatives. Emma has a teaching background and so is especially keen to link The Well with local schools.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Emma has led a team of volunteers running a pop-up food bank and a listening service and is still outworking the benefits of relationships formed through this.
Married to Jonathan she is proud Mum to Amber, Ethan and Hugo and owner of a beautiful British Blue cat, Kaspar, inherited from her godmother. Emma loves art and design and has enjoyed working with Jess Bright to develop a new visual identity for The Well.
HISTORY OF THE WELL
The touch paper was lit back in January 2006 when one of our founders stood up at a local praise service and shared what she thought God was asking us, as churches, to do for the community – to pray! Not just there and then at that Service but for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the whole of Lent – 40 days and 40 nights. What a crazy thought!
But the seeds were planted and slowly (when it started only 15 of the 960 hours were covered) the thought caught on. The presence of God was tangible, in that small room in our village grammar school hall, it became a holy place and people’s lives were changed as they encountered God either in a new way or for the very first time. For us it was humbling that all we needed to be was obedient and leave God to do the rest.
Towards the end of the 40 days it was apparent that it couldn’t just end there. As 13 of us came together to pray and discern we realised 5 out of those 13 had been given the same vision - a permanent place in Kibworth; a place of prayer and a coffee shop, a safe place, for young and old alike. There was a real sense of excitement yet also a knowledge that nothing would happen without listening to God and waiting on His timing. Properties became available but which was the right one? Confirmation came through a revelation that there would be a well in the garden – hence the name ‘The Well’.
Eventually we arrived at 45 High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp and set up our Prayer Room, Clothes Shop and Cafe. In 2016 the Cafe was greatly extended and improved and the garden relaid.