Top Church Training was first registered as a charity in March 1997.
Young people were literally knocking on the door of the vicarage at Top Church in Dudley for help and support. Their needs were too complex for the then Vicar and so, along with his Parish Council, he set up a stand-alone project which could provide one-to-one support to those most in need.
Even though the project was born out of Christian church community, we aren't a religious group and are open to all denominations & beliefs.
We move to the DCC Centre in Salop Street Dudley. The facilities here enabled to begin building and extending our facilities to include a working cafe and sports clubs
The Café project has become so successful that we were able to take it into proper restaurant premises.
After many months of hard work raising funding and refurbishing premises located just across the street from our offices in Brierley Hill, Harry's Café opened to the public.
The goal is to build a self-funding training ground for beneficiaries. Our Allotment Project provides much of the vegetable produce towards the menu and as a side-benefit, we will be able to provide healthy meals for those of our beneficiaries who really need them.
The two projects working in tandem also provides opportunity for beneficiaries to gain some understanding of a supply chain.