History of Jericho Road
The Jericho Road Project was pioneered in 2000 by YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and St Andrew’s Church, which lies in the heart of Nottingham’s red light district. The vicar and his wife were distressed by the plight of the women working in the area and wanted to do something to help. Small teams began walking around the area to pray and to offer food and drinks to the women. From there the Jericho Road Project developed, named after the road to Jericho in the story Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan (Read it here)
The Project became a joint-church venture in 2003, the first staff member was employed and a drop-in facility was established in premises adjoining St Andrew’s vicarage.
The Jericho Road Project became an independent registered charity in 2012, and in 2017 we now have six part-time staff members and around 60 volunteers. The sex industry has evolved, with fewer women working on the streets and more women working in hidden prostitution – from houses, parlours and organised brothels. The Jericho Road Project’s activities have changed over time to seek to meet the needs of these women – but street outreach continues, using the Project’s minibus.