The Zacchaeus Project

Working with older people and their carers

  • Walter Newby Centre
  • Bethnal Green Methodist Church
  • Approach Road
  • London
  • E2 9JP

020 8983 1568
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The Zacchaeus Project is a social project of the Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets (MCTH) which works with older people and carers, offering advice, support and activities to improve the quality of their lives and address gaps in local provision. In 2019, we celebrate 21 years of service.

It is a joint community and church initiative which offers a safe and welcoming forum for meeting, sharing experiences and accessing emotional, practical, financial, educational, recreational and health care support.

Providing a range of services developed as a result of direct feedback from users, the Project equips older people to make informed decisions for themselves.   It aims to empower socially or economically marginalised users to strengthen their individual and collective voices. 

Anyone and everyone over 50 is welcome. 
Regular Activities are listed in full.  News, special events and cafe times are shown under Upcoming Events

Calling in for a coffee one day gives new-comers a chance to have a look round.  Many who try a 'taster' session of something that attracts them go on to call in regularly.  
From September 2019, activities will be Members Only, but it is free to join.  Just ask a member of staff for a form and hand it in at the office.  Everyone is welcome!

In the community audit conducted by the Methodist Church around the area of Bethnal Green Methodist Church, potential partners were identified and opportunities for the future were explored. The update on the current situation is positive.  Following a project to review the future for Zacchaeus, The Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets has agreed to continue to fund its activities. With their donation of over £100,000 per year, we can confidently plan for the future. The Trustees are always ready to hear from local groups with ideas and plans for potential co-operation and partnerships.  

Funding News (August 19)
Zacchaeus has been awarded a grant from the Lottery Community Fund to develop the Advice and Guidance sessions.  It is hoped that a new member of staff will be in post by the end of this year.

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Working Together for a Better Future

Centre Manager: Deborah Brady 

Advice & Guidance Coordinator: Louise Walton