What We Do
Regular Activity at our Zac's Place venue currently includes:
Tuesday Evenings 7.30-9.30 is our weekly 'Tribal Gathering' for Fellowship, Bible Study & Prayer
Monday, Wednesday (8-9am) and Saturday (9-10am) Mornings the Wallich Rough Sleepers Intervention Team base themselves at Zac's Place supported by NHS outreach nurses, and numerous agencies who support rough sleepers and those in crisis in Swansea. This partnership has been running for many years.
Thursday and Friday Food Provision (11.30am-1pm). We provide hot meals for those in food poverty and housing crisis. This continues to be a multi agency partnership supported by the City and County of Swansea seeing meal provision every day of the week hosted at different churches.
We are currently embarking on a significant refurbishment of our Zac's Place venue.
Exousia Trust was established in 1991 to initially support the Christian ministry of Sean Stillman and associated projects. It is governed and accountable to a board of trustees.
Over the years the work has developed considerably, notably the beginning of Zac's Place in Swansea in 1998. Zac's Place began as 'Church in a Pub?' initially, quickly finding a home on the margins of society using four different city centre bars over a six year period. By 2004 we had moved operations into the old Gospel Hall in George Street in Swansea where it has continued to be based. The small mission church community, 'Zac's Place - A Church for Ragamuffins' continues to gather and serve together, taking seriously christian discipleship and pro-active engagement with the local community - especially serving and giving a welcome to the poor and marginalised.
Zac's Place has also always had a close affinity with the arts community, historically involved in may music and theatre events. we also commissioned a series of artworks based on Jesus eight 'Beatitudes' which are currently available for touring in public spaces.
Sean Stillman is still based at Zac's Place, but since his 2021 Parkinson's diagnosis is handing over more responsibility to others at Zac's Place. He continues to write and broadcast and be very much part of life at Zac's Place. In 2018 his autobiography, 'God's Biker: Motorcycles & Misfits' was published by SPCK and in 2020 he successfully completed an MA in Applied Theology with Moorlands College with a dissertation entitled, 'Zac's Place: Examining a Fresh Expression of Church for Signs of a Renewal Movement'. This research has provided a valuable pathway for long term sustainability. He continues to broadcast regularly for BBC Radio Wales and is International President of God's Squad Christian Motorcycle Club.
Rough Edges began in 2014 as a social enterprise and Charity Shop, with a difference, to support our grass roots care for those living in food poverty and crisis. You can read more about that here.
The vast majority of all our work is done by volunteers and funded by community donations and regular sponsors, supported by occasional small grants. This model has enabled us to be sustainable over a long period of time earning a reputation for being a place of pro-active care and concern for many who would otherwise be overlooked. The current renovation plans signal our intention to future proof the facilities we have as a venue.
Thank you for your interest and support.