HitC Staff

Peter SouthcombePeter Southcombe - Director

Peter is an ordained minister and until recently was Regeneration Director for the United Reformed Church Southern Synod. He took up the appointment in 2002 and successfully secured funding for a number of churches and community groups. For the last 10 years he has been developing mission enabling in the South East and has written a number of training courses for mission strategy.

He established an award winning social enterprise helping unemployed people into work through recycling projects and has gained experience in the EU funding arena. He is a creative entrepreneur who seeks to find imaginative ways forward for faith and community engagement.

In September 2011 he took up the post of Minister of Immanuel Church, Southbourne and Evangelism Enabler for the South West Pastoral Area of Wessex.

Mike SouthcombeMike Southcombe

Mike was with George Wimpey for 38 years in the construction development business. He took early retirement and has been involved working with various churches and charities using his skills ever since. He also is involved in projects in Eastern Europe and West and East Africa.  He is also Chairman of Family Foundation Trust which runs a Christian Conference centre in West Sussex and also runs Children Worldwide.

Steve RobinsonSteve Robinson

Steve is CEO to Prama, a local Christian care charity. With over 30 years experience of working within Christian charities Steve has considerable experience in developing programmes that are rooted in social justice as well as supporting individuals and communities who are often experiencing physical, emotional or financial exclusion.

Steve has previously built and led a network across 50 countries of over 600 researchers and practitioners into youth and community development as well as working with numerous cities and countries to develop public policy on age friendly and intergenerational approaches within communities. He is an NGO “ECOSEC” representative to the United Nations in New York on issues of Human Rights and sponsored All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) in the UK leading a variety of international programmes as well as working on issues of Intergenerational Practice internationally

Steve attends Wessex Christian Church in Basingstoke where he preaches, teaches and leads worship on a regular basis.

Ben GriffithsBen Griffiths

Previously Youth Minister at two local churches, Ben also served with Soul Survivor in South Africa and now works in IT project management in London. He trained at London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and brings an awareness of youth culture, international poverty and the HIV/AIDS crisis, and family life in the 21st century. He also has a passion for seeing Christians demonstrate their faith in action and is a trustee for the Bulgarian Support Fund.

Tess ChampionTess Champion - Coordinator for HitC Bournemouth

Tess has over eleven years experience of working with older people both in their own homes and in hospital settings. For the last 8 years she has worked as an Assistant Care Manager for Social Services in a Community Mental Health Team for Older People, assessing the needs of older people and providing them with services if eligible or signposting them to other services if not. Within this role, Tess has continually recognised the potential for the church to make a difference to the wellbeing of older people in the community which was why she felt inspired to be a part of this project.

Tess first came to Bournemouth as a student fifteen years ago and has been an active member of a local church ever since, regularly leading worship there. She attends with her husband and two young children.

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Emily WardEmily Ward – Administrator

Since leaving university in Wales studying geography, Emily has been in Christian ministries for over 5 years. As well as being the administrator for the project in Bournemouth and Poole she is the Children’s and Youth Director at Immanuel Church, Southbourne. She thoroughly enjoys working with people and building relationships with all ages, trying to make a positive influence in their lives. Since moving down to Bournemouth she has notice the overwhelming number of people in the area who are lonely and isolated. By being involved with lunch clubs that the church runs, she has seen that there are ways to help lonely individuals have the chance to get out and meet other people. She is excited to see how the project will develop and how the churches can work together to help and support these people.

Emily is married to Chris who is studying Applied Theology at Moorlands Collage, they both actively and regularly attend Immanuel Church in Southbourne.

Jill SampsonJill Sampson - Coordinator for HitC Poole

'Since graduating from University with a degree in Sociology, Jill has worked in the voluntary and public sectors. Specialising in working with those in later life, Jill established a scheme of care for the British Red Cross. Whilst managing a team of volunteers, working together they supported patients upon their discharge from hospital. Jill relocated to Poole 15 years ago and worked for a local Council visiting the vulnerable elderly helping them to maximise their benefit entitlement. Since becoming a Christian, Jill attends her local church and thoroughly enjoys helping to run groups and lunch clubs throughout the week there. It was at these activities she saw first hand the vital role the church plays in the lives of those in later life and lead her to Hope in the Community. She is relishing her new role and excited for the opportunities to make a difference in more lives.

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Roger - Part 1

This December we'll be working with as many people as possible to help them feel less lonely in time for Christmas. But we urgently need more befrienders to achieve this!

So we've been spending time with 3 befriendees in Bournemouth and some befrienders in Poole to talk about what they do.

Today, we'd like to introduce you to 'Roger'. Roger lives with his wife in Bournemouth but they have a strained relationship and she works. Roger had a stroke and now cannot consistently leave the house so we partnered him with a befriender from a local church. Here's what Roger had to say.....

December 2018:
Roger - Part 1

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