Sorry Caroline this is the email you should have got!
Emergency Food, Toiletries & Clothes Bank Space to chat, be safe and much more……
Last year your school supported the Given Freely Freely Given initiative run by the local churches out of St John's Balby. The donations we received last Harvest from a variety of schools helped sustain our emergency food bank through the busy autumn-winter period. We would be really grateful if you would consider doing the same this year. We are seeing a constant increase in demand and struggle to meet the needs of those who come to us. Below there is a more detail about the work that happens.
Hope to hear from you soon
Revd Alun Price
WHAT WE DO
The Church of England in Balby, Loversall and Wadworth operate a scheme to help those at most need in our society.
Out of one of our churches, St John the Evangelist in Balby; we operate
an emergency Food and Clothes Bank
a free Cups and Cakes coffee shop on Tuesdays between 10-12. We provide free refreshments, cakes, savouries, crumpets and toast.
Soon, on a Thursday we will be starting “Getting to know you”, an arts based project encompassing a number of groups to help, for example, those with dementia and their careers
We provide help for those who live on the streets or sofa surf or in small bed sits to try to sleep e.g. duvets and sleeping bags
We try to provide as much support to anyone who needs help as we can.
Everyone is welcome, there is no need for a referral and we make no charge. Although donation are always welcome
WHAT WE NEED
For the coffee shop
Crumpets, bread, savouries, fruit
For the Food Bank
People we help often only have a kettle and no microwave or cooker. So we need food that just requires hot water adding: e.g Instant porridge, Cup Soups, Mug shots, Instant noodles and Pot noodles (Supermarket own brands are ideal)
For the clothes bank
We take all types and our greatest demand is for adult male clothes
Saint John the Evangelist Church in Balby is part of the Church of England. All churches in the Church of England are considered to be charities by the Charity Commission. We are governed by rules set by the governing system within the Church of England.
Our local governing body is the Parochial Church Council which is an elected body made up of representatives from the church congregation.
We bank with the Co-op bank and have a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories.
While we are a faith-based organisation we host activities which are open to all and participation is encouraged from all sections of society independent of faith.
As a church we have decided that we would like to make the church building as accessible as possible to external groups and the community
How did you start?
The project started on 17th March 2015 when we opened the free coffee shop. We we now get an average of 35 people attending each week.
The majority of people attending live in shared houses, bedsits, are sofa surfing or sometimes homeless. They often have a drug habit and often mental health issues.
During the last three years we have seen increasing levels of need and as autumn approached in 2016 we found people coming who were more and more hungry. We used our harvest appeal at church to set up an emergency food bank and now at give out on average 19 bags of food each week. In January 2017 we set up a clothes bank to help those with no warm clothes. This has expanded to help many in other situations.