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SCRATCH is a registered charity founded in 1999 to relieve the effects of poverty for families and individuals with needs recognised by approved referral agencies in Southampton and surrounding areas. Located in Southampton, we provide assistance to families and individuals in Southampton City, Eastleigh, Waterside and Winchester. 
Dorcas Project was our first project and started over 20 years ago (long before SCRATCH was even thought about) when one of the founding Directors fell through a friend’s settee.  Being the bright spark that he is he realised that she needed a new one, so enquired at the church he was attending at the time if anyone had a settee that they no longer needed.  From that first delivery he heard of other disadvantaged families requiring furniture, so asked around to see if anyone had items available.  Initially a van would be hired for a day a week to collect furniture and deliver it straight to the person in need.  After a while a garage was made available and a van purchased for £45 (from his father in law).  What started in a very small way has grown over the years to the point that in our last full year of operation (ending March 2014) SCRATCH was able to make 747 deliveries helping 896 adults and 668 children.
The ethos and motivation of SCRATCH is rooted in the teaching and example of Jesus Christ.  It is His love which compels us to serve others, putting their needs first.  
SCRATCH was established to manage and develop the social action projects initiated by the Christian Charity Southampton City Mission.
Southampton City Mission will therefore always, as founding partner charity, in partnership with other Christian charities, seek to ensure that all of SCRATCH’s work holds to its Christian inspiration into the future.   

Our team
Our team is made up of members of staff, plus a group of volunteers
The SCRATCH staff are: -
 
Annette Davis:  Senior Manager (Resources) - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Mike Smith:  Senior Manager (Operations)* - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Annie Knight: Volunteer Manager - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Cathy Laird: Office Manager - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Claire Johns: Food Manager - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Gary Ewart: Depot Co-Ordinator (part time) 
Ian Dowdell:  Furniture Manager - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Jo Chapman: Food Team Co-Ordinator (part time)- This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Kathryn Baker:  Receptionist (part time)
Kev Holloway: Depot Co-Ordinator (part time)  
Mandy Holdaway: Food Team Co-ordinator - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Matt Wilkinson:  Development Manager - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Paul Williams: DORCAS Project Driver 
Suzanne Wright: Employment Support Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Yasmin Prentice:  Welfare Information Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
   
* = Senior Management Team

Please email Annie Knight ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details of current SCRATCH volunteering opportunities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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