The Message Enterprise Centre is a brand new concept in socially responsible business. As well as offering excellent goods and services at competitive prices, we’re helping to train and create jobs for young people who need a second chance in life.
For the 15 years The Message has been sharing the good news of Jesus and running mentoring courses in prisons and youth offenders institutions throughout the UK and South Africa. We’ve seen hundreds of men and women find a new life in Jesus. But despite doing all we could to connect new believers with churches, we found that with no job or safe place to live many ended up back in their old criminal lifestyles after they’d been released and entered the vicious cycle of repeat reoffending. Something new was needed.
A vision to provide support, homes, training and jobs emerged and the Message Enterprise Centre (MEC) was born.
The heart of the MEC is to provide ex-offenders or those at risk of offending with full-time jobs in one of our 12 social enterprises, accredited training alongside local colleges, secure housing and Christian support as they look to turn their lives around. It is a model that has proven itself to work time and again and is transforming lives across the globe.
In six years, we have worked with 65 team members, 74% of who joined us from prison. The people we work with are thriving.
Our 12-month reoffending rate is only fraction of the average (2% compared to 29% in the UK), as individuals seize the hope and opportunities they’re being offered. Most importantly, 100% of our graduates, in the past two years, have gone on to full time employment, giving individuals long-term security and meaning that they no longer require financial benefits and can continue transforming their lives.
The Oaks is our home that supports ex-offenders or those at risk of offending with a safe place to rebuild their lives, put down roots and grow. Jamie shares his story of how he came to The Oaks and the impact it’s had on his life…
Please pray for the Message Bus in Scotland as we partner with different churches and organisations over the next couple of months. Pray that young people will respond to the gospel and be connected to local churches.
We’re looking for a new hairdresser to join our team at Shine Hair & Beauty. Could it be you?
This Christmas, The Message Trust will be holding a Christmas Day celebration at the Message Enterprise Centre.
Say hello to the latest business to join our Message Enterprise Centre – Good Seeds Garden Services.
Watch the video from the BBC about our Mess Cafe
After years trapped in a cycle of drugs and crime, Joe had lost everything, even his family. But after finding Christ in prison, he is now completely free from addiction and has been restored to his family.
The Message is partnering with Barnabus, an amazing charity working hard to end homelessness in Manchester.
The MEC is leading the way as a value-for-money wedding reception venue
Andy looks back at the highs and lows of 2016 – a year full of amazing surprises and many salvations
Ying Kai shares how we can effectively fulfil the great commission through a radical exponential approach to sharing the gospel.
In this extract from his new book Here I Am, Seek Me, Andy Hawthorne highlights the importance of placing prayer, worship and waiting on the Lord at the centre of everything we do.
Andy Hawthorne reflects on how we deal with the rollercoaster of massive highs and lows of kingdom breakthroughs.
Danny McEwan, who recently joined our MEC Building Services team, went from being a nine stone, homeless, heroin addict, to someone with a passion to reach those for Christ who were stuck in the same boat he’d been in.
Tony, our Mess Café and Catering Manager, went home to be with the Lord this week
Returning to the prison where he was held more than 10 years ago, Cyril has been sharing hope and seeing salvation