“The work going forward at Zac’s Place is in every way innovative, courageous and important for the community in general as well as the Christian community. I have been privileged to watch the development of this initiative over several years and would want to pay the most sincere tribute to the dedication and vision of those who have been running it.” Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury, October 2005
“Swansea has a great many services for homeless and vulnerable people. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to access statutory and voluntary services. Some are excluded because of their past or current behaviour, social or financial reasons but some exclude themselves, choosing not to accept such help or support. It is on these occasions that the care offered by Zac’s Place comes into its own.
Every weekday morning at 8 am the doors to Zac’s Place open to provide an essential outreach service to those who are sleeping rough with tea, housing advice and respite from the weather. At least twice a year Zac’s Place accommodates the so called “Homeless Health Days” run in conjunction with Swansea School of Medicine when homeless people can have a health check, flu vaccinations and foot care. Every Thursday evening is the coffee bar providing an opportunity to sit in the warm, have a hot drink and enjoy the fellowship of others.
For some people Zac’s Place is the only safe haven in their lives. Here they find help, the love and support of others and, importantly, acceptance of who they are and the life that they are leading. It may not seem much, but for many, it is a lifeline.”
Janet Keauffling, Nurse for the Homeless and Vulnerable Adults – based at Cyrenians Community Centre, High Street, Swansea.
“I’m so impressed with Zac’s place. The work being done there is tangible, you can see it, feel it and smell it. Dirty work in some ways and the stuff that the mainstream church is either scared of doing or simply no good at. I feel at home there and have loved playing a few songs there to add to the chaos.”
Martyn Joseph, 2006
“Sean embraces a desire to go the margins of the culture, not only to convert, but to nurture and establish seekers in loving care and real community. During my many visits I have observed a pastoral heart in action many times. The depth of response to Sean’s pastoral care and genuine Christ-like friendship from many who are alienated from the church is truly remarkable”
Rev. Dr. John Smith, Melbourne, Australia
“Of all the places I have performed around the world in the last decade or so, Zac’s Place stands out as one of the most unique and effective outreaches into the community I’ve seen. It is unpretentious and non-exclusive, two traits I believe characterized the early church. Moreover, it has proven to be a refuge for both believer and those still seeking, the strong and the weary, young and old, rich and poor. This, to me, is true church.”
Rick Elias – Singer / Songwriter / Producer
“To be honest I was so off my face during that period of my life……? One thing that I will never forget is that it is where I first found Christ. Not in a head knowledge way but in a deep, heart knowledge. It was the first place I found Gods unconditional love, acceptance and grace in action. Not people talking it but people living it. Authentic faith and deeds in action.” Mark B
‘I knew as soon as I walked into Zac’s Place I was somewhere special. Amazing things were happening in that small space: lives being transformed, wounds being healed, God taking control in a gentle way. I left inspired, humbled and changed’
Norman Ivison - Director of Communication and Resources, Fresh Expressions