Promoting the VALUE & SIGNIFICANCE of every person, supporting community integration and social need
A Christian based organisation, MRCT was established in 1997 to provide voluntary work and social opportunities for people with a disability and people who are perceived as being disadvantaged through social difficulties, homelessness or being vulnerably housed.This is achieved through the work of Maybury Open Door in Harlow, a drop in facility open for three days a week and through the work of Harlow Foodbank which provides emergency food for people in crisis in Harlow and the surrounding area. The charity also operates the Bounty Club which works in partnership with local fresh food companies and other community partners helping them to reduce their good quality surplus fresh food by picking it up and distributing to front-line professional agencies in support, children's centres, homeless projects and church and community groups all for the benefit of people in the local community.Why the community needs us
Harlow has become the 2nd most deprived authority in Essex and ranked 95th most deprived local authority in England, which puts it in the most deprived 30%. 24.4% children (5,793) live below the poverty line, 9.4% of the population are unemployed with 4.5 Job Seekers Allowance claimants for every unfilled job.A wide range of people benefit from the work of MRCT from families, children, the homeless and young people who use the Foodbank to adults who use our day services with Maybury Open Door.Our impact on the community
Maybury Open Door supports over 155 people each week and provides a safe and welcoming centre to a wide range of people in the community. It promotes the value and significance of each person and has an active volunteer team made up of both able-bodied and disabled people. The centre promotes community spirit and integration. Harlow Foodbank works in partnership with front-line care professionals, churches, schools and the community and feeds 463 people each month and 5,562 in 2018/19.