- a foodbank distribution centre (part of Richmond Foodbank);
- Refresh, a ‘pop-up’ community café;
- Babies & Bumps – a song-time session for young babies and their parents/carers and storehouse for baby clothes/equipment;
- ESOL club (English for speakers of other languages) funded by the Church Urban Fund to run alongside the ‘pop-up’ café.
As a small foodbank, we have assisted 150 people since the autumn. This figure glosses over the individual stories that bring people to the foodbank:
‘Mathew (not his real name) had been struggling with depression since the death of his wife, and with trying to bring up two boys. Although he had worked most of his life, he was now in the process of sorting out benefits, and felt that his life was unravelling. We were able to provide him with food and a listening ear, as well as referring him to the Bridgelink Advice Service (based at the Bridgelink Community Centre) for additional financial and advocacy advice.’
His story is typical of many we hear, where people are struggling as a result of circumstantial changes, often with multiple causes for their current financial crisis.
It is the volunteers, most of whom attend All Souls Church, who have made the running of these projects possible, and we are always keen to hear from would-be volunteers from the local community who would consider supporting these projects, whether through giving time, food, or baby equipment/clothes.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8891 6820 for more information.