The Dover Outreach Centre is a charity, which was registered in July 2016. The charity was the vision of the Chair of Trustees, Noel Beamish and is administered by a board of trustees, many of whom were founder members of the charity and all of whom are practising Christians.

Noel Beamish. Chair of Trustees.

Noel has spent several years involved in Church leadership, most notably in Christians Together in Dover, where he was instrumental in the setting up of Dover Street Pastors and Dover Foodbank. His work life began on a farm and ended as an Estates Manager for a Quarrying business. He is sometimes referred to as a workaholic, whether he is or not, he does always like to be busy. He has been married to Jayne for 30 years and has been blessed with 3 daughters. Driven by his Christian faith, he has a passion and drive to see lives transformed, practically, rationally and spiritually. He has a love for Dover and wants it to fulfil its potential.

Peter Wallace. Vice Chairman.

Peter has been a Christian for 27 years. He is blessed with a small family. He has a heart to see Dover regenerated both spiritually and physically and is particularly keen to see Christians working together across denominations to serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ within the community. He hopes his work as a town planner can also be used to enhance Dover as a place to live, work and visit. Peter is a Street Pastor and it was in this role that he was moved by the challenges of homelessness, leading to his involvement in helping set up the first DOC Winter Night Shelter (2016/17). He is also a member of the Street Pastors Management Team.

Judith Shilling. Treasurer.

Judith runs a Pharmaceutical Consultancy with her husband, and in recognising how blessed she is in life wanted to reach out to help those who have so little. She has been a volunteer at Dover Soup Kitchen for over ten years and has been one of its leaders for the past eight. DSK provides food seven nights a week and creates a sense of belonging and community for those who can feel marginalized in society, but one of the frustrations in working with DSK is that they are not able to refer clients to an organisation which can help them reshape their lives. Becoming a trustee for DOC ties in the two organisations and offers way of being able to signpost the homeless to ensure that they receive the help they need.

Vee Bentley. Trustee.

Vee is a former Civil Servant, who felt compelled to seek out other people who wanted to make a difference in the lives of homeless people. Having taken an early retirement from the Department of Work and Pensions she was free to give her time to the Outreach Centre from the start. She has been a Christian for almost 37 years and is a mother of two and a grandmother of five. Vee is passionate about what ‘helping homeless people’ looks like and is determined that the Outreach Centre will be providing the type of support which rebuilds lives rather than offers a quick (and transient) fix.

Sean Sheffield. Trustee.

Sean is a Priest in the Church of England and arrived in Dover in 2017 to serve his Curacy. He is married to Ruth and they have two young children; and two rather wayward dogs! Although a relative newcomer to the area, Sean joined the Outreach team as a volunteer soon after arriving as he saw their response to the homelessness in the area as a direct and loving Gospel message response, and one which offered a community ideal modelled by Jesus, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35) Sean has a passion for community and working on the fringes, with the vulnerable and those in need, and looking to support and seek solutions and ways in which lives can be restored and transformed.

Janet Jowett. Trustee.

Janet has three children and seven grandchildren. As a local primary school teacher, she helped to influence and shape many more as well! Her retirement from work gave Janet spare time for helping others. Already very much involved with activities in her church led Janet into volunteering her services to help at the Foodbank as well and it was whilst working there that Janet heard about the Outreach Centre – just before it opened. As a volunteer at the Outreach Centre, mainly on breakfast duties, since 2016, she has become a valued member of the team. A late arrival to trusteeship, Janet has a good working knowledge of the Outreach Centre’s Christian ethos and values, which meet well with her own, whilst her first-hand knowledge of those who are the subject of the help provided at the Outreach Centre, adds a further understanding of their need.