JRI has moved!!
Our annual conference on March 7th 2015 at Redcliffe College was highly successful but was tinged with a little sadness. When we met in March we knew that this would be the last meeting that we would ever hold at Wotton House, the home of Redcliffe College since 1995. JRI and the College have been collaborating on environment days since the early 2000’s. But sadly in January 2015 the College announced that it would be moving to new premises in Gloucester city centre and selling Wotton House at the end of 2015. We have had a fantastic collaboration with Redcliffe College over the years, and are very grateful to all the staff there who have been so welcoming to us. We hope that our association with the College will be able to continue in some way once they are established in their new premises.
In their smaller building Redcliffe College will not have room for JRI, where we have had our office since 20th September 2013. We have really enjoyed our relatively short time at Redcliffe College, and are thankful to them, but we fully understand their situation. So this means we are on the move again! Very fortunately, we have found a home with two other Christian agencies. OSCAR (the UK information service for world mission) were also losing their space at Redcliffe after 12 years, and have found a new place not far from the College. Gloucestershire Resource Centre, City Works is an old factory that has been converted into a recycling centre and community focus. Many charities have their offices there. It is VERY environmentally friendly, and the roof is covered with solar panels. “Yes we are occupying one of the largest community solar energy plants in the country!! There is a display unit in the ground floor lobby that shows you the amount of energy being produced at any time. At the time when it is producing energy we benefit from free electricity use.” European Christian Mission (ECM) will also be sharing the office. So from 7th September 2015 our address is: The John Ray Initiative, City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester, GL1 4DF, UK (all other contact details remain the same)