In 1992 a group of Christians from a number of local churches came together to provide in rented space in the Coinagehall, a drop in centre for young people roaming the streets of Helston at night.... a place where they could be befriended, find constructive activities, and a safeplace to hang out with their friends as an alternative to the pub culture.
In 1994 Charitable Status was granted, which enabled grant income to be sought for the expanding work of provision for vulnerable people.
In 1996 as a result of much prayer and sacrificial giving it became possible to purchase premises at 14 Wendron Street, as a permanent centre for this work and to meet other community needs on a daily basis. This became known as The Open Door Café. As the name suggests, many people in difficulty in need of a listening ear, and practical advice have used the servicesof the cafe and its helpers during the daytime, and through youth oriented activitiesduring the evenings.
In 2002 Derek Thomas was appointed as a salaried Development Manager, and during his 8 year tenure of this office, the work expanded, especially the meeting of the needs of adults with learning disabilities on a day care basis, through provisionof trainingin essential life skills with a view to greater integration within the community.
Local Authority accreditation to provide these services was obtained and has been maintained, and a positive relationship developed with the County Council's Adult Social Care department to establish these placements.
By 2008,turnover had expanded to the point where the voluntary trustees were in need of protection from any unforseen personal financial liabilities resulting from their involvement. Hence charitable status was changed to that of a charitable company limited by guarantee, and the charitywas renamed Mustard Seed (SW) Ltd.
Overseen by a board of voluntary directors, it now operates under the regulatory regime of both the Charity Commissioners and Companies House.