In 1856 John Venn and his sister Emelia founded Hereford City Mission. Their vision was to reach out to local people struggling with the problems of homelessness, hunger and health care. Over 50 years the mission grew from the resources of Venn’s Corn Mill, John and Emelia’s ‘rock solid’ Christian Faith and their gritty ‘business-like’ determination to make a difference.
Today, Hereford City Mission is renamed Vennture and remains a Christian cross-church initiative true to John and Emelia’s original vision of loving those who are marginalised or vulnerable. Our work relies on an army of rigorously trained volunteers, incredibly diverse (from retirees to students) but who all share a passion to make a difference by ‘Loving people better.’
The charity’s focus is on substantive, sustainable programmes that make a tangible difference for people facing significant challenges. All our people are united by a set of shared values and desire to share the Power of Jesus’ love in the public space.