The Starfish Enterprise Trust Ltd is an arm of OneChurch Basingstoke and is a charity set up to assist members of churches in the Basingstoke area to develop appropriate projects to demonstrate the love of Jesus through service to the local community.
All those involved with Starfish Enterprise Trust Ltd and its projects expect to work together in a way characterised by mutual love, honour and respect. We value people above projects and programmes and we do all we can to engender respect and to work with love as a high value – effectively putting others’ interests above our own.
Starfish Enterprise Trust Ltd has two core projects, Cedar Tree Counselling and Healing On The Streets, moving forward steadily alongside our continued sponsorship of joint church events. During 2017, Starfish oversaw the governance of “Who Cares?”, an extraordinary outreach initiative in which folk from 59 churches across Hampshire asked their families, friends, neighbours, schools and community groups a single question, “What hurts the most?”
Starfish Enterprise Trust Ltd also oversees the provision of an annual Night Light Winter Shelter to provide not only the basic facilities of a bed and food but also a warm and welcoming environment in which up to 15 guests can feel accepted and cared for. Last winter, over 260 volunteers from inside and outside the local churches came forward to be trained and take part in the initiative. During the Shelter operation, the national homeless charity, Housing Justice, awarded the Shelter an Excellent Practise Standard of Quality Mark Accreditation.
Close Relationship with OneChurch Basingstoke
With the introduction of OneChurch Basingstoke, the trustees of Starfish Enterprise Trust Ltd felt that this was the opportunity for the charity to become more integrated within and accountable to the Basingstoke churches together. Proposals have been submitted to the Core Leadership Team of One Church Basingstoke to explore a closer relationship between the two organisations in a more formal manner.