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News and events
Durham University Big Band concert on Wednesday 11 December with donations invited to support the work of Durham Foodbank.
A Jazzy Christmas - 11 Dec 8pm to 10pm
Free entry, donations in aid of Durham Foodbank
Riverside Cafe, Dunelm House
A showcase of some of the impressive pieces that the band have been working on and a few Christmas tunes to get you into the festive spirit.
With Christmas fast approaching we are now launching our Christmas Appeal. At this time of year we distribute extra items along side our normal food parcels, such as mince pies or Christmas puddings, festive treats we all enjoy but some families can't afford. To see our Christmas Appeal poster clicking here. Many thanks.
Our Christmas Extras List:
- Tinned Ham
- Christmas Pudding
- Christmas Cake
- Box of Biscuits
- Children's Selection Box
- Large Bar of Chocolate
- Snacks & Nibbles (e.g. peanuts)
- Christmas Crackers
Durham foodbank has now completed two years of distributing food to local people in crisis. In our first year we fed 3686 people, our second year total is now in excess of 10,600. Thanks to the support of the many local people who have donated food we have never run out - though it has come close! Thanks to our army of volunteers we have been able to handle over 100 tonnes of food and help people through our 14 distribution centres around the County. Demand continues to rise and over 1200 people received food in October. Our statistics can be viewed here or for more detail here.
With the holiday season drawing to an end it's time once again to launch our Harvest Appeal. We continue to see a rise in the number of people needing to access the foodbank, therefore we are asking schools and churches to support County Durham foodbank by collecting non-perishable food items through their harvest collections. All the resources you need are in our Harvest Pack which can be downloaded by clicking here. Please support us, as without food being donated we can't provide it to those in crisis here in County Durham. Many thanks.
The number of people fed in a month reached 1000 people for the first time in May.
Delays in benefit payments accounted for 41% of referrals to the foodbank.
This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to help manage and develop the largest foodbank in the North of England.
The full role description can and person profile can be downloaded here, and the application form can be downloaded here.
- Closing date for applications is: 29 July 2013
- Interviews planned for: 9 Aug 2013
- Anticipated start date: by 1 Sep 2013
For further details please contact the Centre Manager on 0191 303 8623 or email@example.com.
April saw a record number of people accessing the foodbank. The total number of people fed was 855, including 243 children.
Last week 8 cyclists completed the Coast 2 Coast challenge for Durham foodbank. A huge congratulations to all of them. Below is an extract from the tales of their adventure as told by Stevie Hill - you can read the full story here. You can still sponsor the team by visiting their Just Giving page.
"We rode on together through that most fair of cities, called by some the Nice of the North, and on to the sea. Tears were brought to eyes (some of us just had a bit of grit in them) by the cheering welcome we got at the seaside from the support drivers, Sir's family and the Rev Green (who had brought a fine Blanc de Blancs which exhibited the usual mouth-coating brioche richness overlaying an intense expression of fruitiness one gets with older examples :) ). And we all thank you who supported us: your messages of encouragement and generous gifts to Durham Food Bank were very much appreciated."
It's just 15 days until a happy band of 8 cyclists will be cycling Coast to Coast for Durham foodbank. They will have just 3 days to cover the breadth of the UK, from Workington to Sunderland. You sponsor them by going to Just Giving, link below...
There has been a steady increase in the number of people accessing the foodbank over the past 12 months.
The foodbank’s two busiest Distribution Centres, Durham and Consett / Stanley each fed on average 40 people a week in March 2013.
Thanks to the generosity of people across the county over 4 tonnes of food were donated in both February and March. However we are giving out more food than we receive, over 6 tonnes of food were distributed in March. Our reserves from harvest festival and Christmas collections are dwindling rapidly. If you are able to set up a collection point or hold a foodbank collection event at your church, office, school or community group please let us know!
Testing their stamina and enthusiam for hill walking to the extreme this challenge will see a band of intrepid explorers climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours.
Sponsor them by donating online, don't forget to leave a message on the donation page to let us know it's for the Three Peaks!
Please note for w/c 25th March the office (Evangel Church, Chester le Street) will be open at the following times.
Monday 25th : 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 26th: 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 27th: 9am - 1pm
Thursday 28th: 10am - 2pm
Friday 29th: Closed
The office will re-open as usual on Tuesday 2nd April.
On Friday 19th April we will be welcoming Phil the Trolley to Durham.
Read all about it here
...challenges to test your stamina, strength and determination whilst raising money for Durham foodbank. In May (28th - 30th) it will be time to saddle up and cycle the breadth of the UK (Workington - Sunderland) for the Coast to Coast cycle ride. Following shortly after on 14th June an ambitious group of intrepid explorers will aim to conquer all 3 of the UK's highest peaks, Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours. If you would be interested in taking part in either (or both!) contact Glenn: firstname.lastname@example.org
The foodbank office will be close on Thursday 20th December and will open on Thursday 3rd January.
With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
With Christmas fast approaching we are now launching our Christmas Appeal. At this time of year we distribute extra items along side our normal food parcels, such as mince pies or Christmas puddings, festive treats we all enjoy but some families can't afford. All the resources you need are in our Christmas Pack which can be downloaded by clicking here. Many thanks.
Details of the Volunteer Training Session, as advertised at the information meeting on 12th September.
Wednesday 26th September
6pm, at St Alban's Church, Trimdon Grange, TS29 6HB.
With the holiday season drawing to an end it's time once again to launch our Harvest Appeal. We have seen such a rise in the number of people using the foodbank (now over 400 per month) that it has never been more important for schools and churches to support Durham foodbank by collecting non-perishable food items. All the resources you need are in our Harvest Pack which can be downloaded by clicking here. Please support us, as without food being donated we can't provide it to those in crisis here in County Durham. Many thanks.
Our latest distribution point has now opened at St Clare's Church in the centre of Newton Aycliffe. It will be open for the exchange of Red Vouchers for food on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:30pm until 3:30pm.
Donors can also drop in any food donations at the the same times.
The full address is:
St Clare’s Church, Saint Cuthbert's Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 5NT
Refresh your wardrobe. Recycle your clothes. Revamp your style.
Saturday 30th June, The Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate.
£5 adults / £2 children
How it works...
Arrive from 10am to donate and browse.
1. Bring along at least one item of clothing that you'd like to swap.
2. Make sure your donations are in good condition, clean, ironed, and on hangers where possible.
3. Clothes will be put on display for everyone to browse.
4. From 11am. Swish opens for you to choose items you'd like to take home with you.
Starting and finishing in Great Lumley, the 70 mile loop will take in the Millenium Bridge, the Sunderland coast line and the South Shields ferry.
Take a look at the route here. You can join for as much or as little you like.
So get some sponsors (sponsorship form available here) and prepare to pedal!
Contact Glenn Jones for more details: 07971 287 560
Durham foodbank has now fed over 700 people - over 200 through our North Road distribution point in Durham. Demand continues to rise and we are very grateful to the donors who have made it possible for us to keep up. We continue to work at expanding the number of distribution points so that our services are brought closer to those who need them. Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement.
Durham foodbank now has distribution points in Chester-le-Street at the Parish Centre on Monday and Wednesday mornings and at Evangel Church on Friday afternoons. More details can be found on the Opening times section.
Of 2000 mothers surveyed by Netmums recently, 1 in 5 regularly go without meals to feed their children, 16% are being treated for stress-related illnesses and one third are borrowing money from friends and family to stay afloat. Most mothers stated that their situation is worse than a year ago with less money coming in.
Foodbanks meet mums in desperate situations every week. This week foodbank mum Donna was almost in tears as she told me that she couldn't afford birthday presents to give to her twins who will be 13 on Sunday. She said that her sons had asked to have a friend come to stay to celebrate their birthday but she hasn't said yes because she's not sure they can afford the extra food. Donna used to work in a school for children with Aspergers and Autism but is currently off work due to depression - which has been exacerbated by the family's financial worries. Her partner was recently made redundant and they are currently living on £38 per week due to mistakes with their benefits. This is the reality behind the statistics. Donna says she will be 'eternally grateful' for their foodbox. Without it she says she would have gone without food and had to try to scrape together enough money to give the children something, even just bread and butter. The family are keen to get back into work, that's the hope that keeps them going.
Foodbanks are opening at an unprecedented rate to meet the high demand for emergency food aid: in 2011 The Trussell Trust has launched a new foodbank every week, launching its 100th UK foodbank this week. We've also launched our first international foodbank in Sofia, Bulgaria.
61,000 people nationwide have received emergency food handouts from The Trussell Trust's UK foodbanks in the last 12 months, 50% more than last year. Most foodbank recipients are not homeless; they are low-income working families who hit crisis, people who have been made redundant or people experiencing benefits delays. We are excited that more and more churches and communities across the UK are seeing the need on their doorsteps and working with us to launch more foodbanks.
Could your local church launch a foodbank?
You're more likely to know him for his roles in Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean rather than combatting poverty, but actor Bill Nighy is a keen campaigner on social justice. As one of the voices of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, Bill wanted to find out more about UK poverty and Oxfam suggested that he visit a Trussell Trust foodbank!
On Wednesday we took Bill to Hammersmith and Fulham foodbank where he met foodbank clients, heard their stories and even packed a foodbox himself. At the end of his visit we asked Bill what he thought, he told us: 'It's very moving to come here in modern times to see a room incredibly well stocked with donated food for people who, through no fault of their own, have dropped through the cracks. The fact that the people here volunteer to help is both touching and exemplary. I salute all those involved.'
Watch Guardian online's film of Bill's visit
Following the closure of three local companies, Okehampton foodbank has seen numbers needing emergency food soar from 20 to 200 per week. Unemployment in the Devon town has risen from 2% to nearly 12% leaving many former employees with no choice but to rely on food parcels from Okehampton foodbank until redundancy packages and benefit payments come through.
The plight of the people in Okehampton and surge in numbers turning to the foodbank has been widely reported by the national media. Whilst local people have rallied to provide extra food to meet the demand, the foodbank is still under pressure. Okehampton foodbank's Andrew Morgan told the Guardian, "We are still appealing for food, it is desperately needed: some staff made redundant hadn't been paid for weeks. There really are people with no money and they really can't afford to put food on the table."
Adrian and Kay Vernon were both made redundant from Polestar foods, Okehampton, and suddenly left with no money. With a four-year-old daughter to feed, Adrian told the BBC that his foodbox was 'a lifesaver'.
Unemployment nationwide is at a 17-year high and foodbanks across the country are experiencing huge demand. This year the UK foodbank network estimates it has fed 60,000 people; an increase of nearly 20,000 people from the previous year.