You’ll have picked up that we’re big on community. We encourage natural organic relational communities to develop themselves, but to water these, to help cement friendships and to increase support for those who need it most, we organise regular social activities in additional to our regular support groups.

You might find us taking teams on trips to Norway, climbing mountains or having barbecues on the beach.

We could be writing and recording music together or holding a fancy dress party.

The important bit is that we recognise the need for providing alternative social networks to support those who want to change and offer positive new life chances.

Junction 42 heads up the Connect Network. Partnering with local churches we aim to provide an accessible network to prison leavers, ex-offenders and their families and friends across the North East of England. We currently have Connect groups in 3 locations, with a fourth coming very soon!

Connect Newcastle

Around 50-80 people meet weekly in central Newcastle to share food, friendship, encouragement and peer support as well as engage with God in ways meaningful and relevant to those who come. Since starting in April 2012 we have never had a week without new faces.

Our model is simple; reliable, sustained support week on week, allowing Connect attendees to grow in confidence and independence, providing a consistent forum of encouragement and care. It’s not a recovery programme or a time-bounded course, it’s just a place where people can feel connected and support each other as we seek to understand faith in Jesus and the impact this has on our everyday lives. Our growth has been astonishing.

Connect Newcastle meets at St. Luke’s Church (NE2 4AH) on Tuesday nights at 7pm.

Connect Durham

Connect Durham is growing rapidly, in partnership with the local churches in Durham. Alongside this, local charity Handcrafted provides regular activity predominantly for those struggling with homelessness. It involves hands-on-training in woodwork, mechanics and landscape gardening.

Around 30-40 people meet weekly in central Durham and it is seeing similar growth and transformation as in Connect Newcastle. Connect Durham meets every Monday night as a community for food, friendship and encouragement to study the bible together and support each other.

Connect Durham meets at Sanctuary 21 (DH1 3NU) on Monday nights at 7pm.

Connect Sunderland meets at Bede Tower (SR2 7EA) on Monday nights at 7pm.

Contact us for more information about times and venues of Connect.

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