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News and events

20/11/2014

New Job Vacancies: Foodbank Distribution Centres Manager & Foodbank Food Supply Manager

These two roles offer an exciting and challenging opportunity to help manage and develop the largest foodbank in the North of England.

Applications can be made to either or both posts. If you wish to apply for both posts, please use one application form and note both roles on the form.  Interviews will take place on the same day.

The full role descriptions and person profiles for both posts can be downloaded from the Durham Christian Partnership website.

20/11/2014

Come and donate food or volunteer at our Supermarket Collections:

 

Saturday 29th November

Asda Spennymoor 10am - 4pm

  

TESCO NATIONAL COLLECTION FOR FOODBANKS

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November

 Tesco Durham Dragonville, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland and Chester-le-Street 9am - 5pm

 

 

‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated.  These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Download our shopping list to see what we need.

Volunteers are always needed.  If you would like to help with a two hour shift at one of our supermarket collections please contact us.

20/11/2014

This year we are hoping again to offer special Christmas hampers alongside our normal emergency food parcels.  These hampers contain items such as mince pies, snacks or nibbles and children’s selection boxes.  The sort of items we all enjoy at Christmas time, which many families in our region will not be able to afford. We are aiming to collect enough items to make 300 parcels.

Would you please consider holding a collection of Christmas items this year in your school or workplace?

Download our Christmas Appeal Poster and Christmas Shopping List to help with your collection.

We are asking for Christmas items to be donated before December 6th so that we will have enough time to assemble the hampers and send them out to all our distribution points in time for the weeks leading up to Christmas

Contact us if you need further information.

 

20/11/2014

 

Calling new volunteers!

We are in need of extra pairs of hands to help at our foodstore in Chester-le-Street, sorting, packing and storing donated food. We are open Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 2pm. Even occasional help for a couple of hours would make a really big difference for us. Please email foodstore@durhamfoodbank.org.uk or phone 0191 303 8623 during office hours to enquire.

We volunteers to help at new distribution at Elvet Methodist Church, Durham (Tues 1-3pm), YMCA Fencehouses, and Wear Valley Christian Centre, Bishop Auckland.

We are also looking for extra volunteers to help at the Newton Aycliffe Distribution Point (Wed & Fri pm) and Spennymoor Distribution Point (Fri am). If you'd like to get involved email office@durhamcp.org.uk or phone 0191 303 7559.

Find out more about volunteering on our Volunteering page.

19/09/2014

Many thanks to all the schools and churches who have already donated to our Harvest Appeal.  

19/09/2014

Whether you have a couple of hours to spare some weekends or would like a regular volunteering opportunity, County Durham foodbank wants to hear from you.

Could you become a volunteer at Brandon distribution point and drop-in? Here our volunteers not only distribute food but also help people  learn skills such as cookery, basic computer skills, literacy and numeracy. If you'd like to volunteer for this project there is something for everyone to do wherever your talents lie. 

 

Find out more on our volunteering page.

 

Can you help for a couple of hours at a supermarket collection by handing out foodbank shopping lists and sorting donated food?

 


We have supermarket collection days planned for:

October 11th - Tesco Consett
Tesco Annfield Plain 
Morrisons Chester-le-Street

November 8th - Morrisons Chester-le-Street 

November 29th - Asda Spennymoor

December 4th/5th/6th - Tesco Durham Dragonville
Tesco Newton Aycliffe
Tesco Bishop Auckland
Tesco Chester-le-Street 

Please email web1@durhamfoodbank.org.uk for further information about supermarket collections or to volunteer for a 1 or 2 hour slot between 10am and 4pm at any of the above collections.

13/06/2014

On Friday 4th July and Saturday 5th July Tesco stores all over the country will be holding collections for foodbanks.  At County Durham foodbank we depend on these collections for keeping stocks up over the summer months. Donations tend to be lower in summer but the need is still there as many families struggle to manage without free school meals in the holidays.

You can help by donating food at your local Tescos and by volunteering with collections at these stores:

Tesco Durham                                                         9am  to 5pm

Tesco Chester le Street, Bishop Auckland,
Newton Aycliffe and Sunderland
                           10am to 4pm

Volunteers are asked to sign up for a 2 hour shift.  Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

06/06/2014

Free Children's books for National Bookstart Week

Many thanks to the Book Trust for donating 400 "Super Duck" books to County Durham Foodbank to be given out to children receiving food from our distribution points, all as part of National Bookstart Week 2014 June 9th-13th.

15/05/2014

Our 23rd Distributon Point opened on Monday 12th May at the Methodist church in Sedgefield - County Durham foodbank Project Manager Bev Anderson and the Sedgefield volunteers spent the morning building cupboards to store food for local people in need. Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield for attended the opening to show his support. The Sedgefield distribution centre will be open on Mondays from 12 -2pm. We are looking for a volunteer to help us by collecting a few trays of food from the foodstore in Chester-le-Street on Monday mornings to deliver to the Sedgefield distribution centre, please get in touch on durhamfoodstore@gmail.com or 0191 388 9896. We can reimburse petrol costs.

12/05/2014

Congratulations to the Food 4 U team in Consett who have won the Chairman's award from the Derwent Valley Partnership Board, for innovation and services to the local community.

04/04/2014

cyclistFollowing last years Coast-to-coast adventure, this year on the 3rd of May, eleven cyclists from Emmanuel Church will become pilgrim cyclists departing from Holy Island, where Cuthbert spent most of his life, to embark on a journey which will end, 36 hours and 125 miles later, with them touching the Sanctuary Knocker of the door of Durham Cathedral all in aid of County Durham Foodbank. You can sponsor the pilgrim cyclists on their donation page http://www.justgiving.com/pilgrimcycle 

The journey will take them via Bamburgh Castle, Seahouses, Craster and on to an overnight stay in Warkworth. This part of the journey is believed to be the  coastal route used by clergy and monks to travel to Tynemouth in past times.
Leaving Warkworth, they cycle to Blythe via Druridge Bay and then cross the Tyne by ferry. Then they head down the coast from South Shields to Sunderland, via Whitburn and then on to visiting St Peter's church at Monkwearmouth, which is the oldest church still still in use in England, and where Bede, at seven years' of age, dedicated his life to God.
Thence they travel along the Wear to Chester-le-Street, where there has been a worshipping Christian community since 883 AD. It was at Chester-le-Street that monks from Lindisfarne, bearing the body of Saint Cuthbert, built a shrine which became, for more than a century, the Cathedral of the Kingdom of Northumbria.
The final leg of their journey takes them via Finchale Abbey to Durham Cathedral, where both Bede and Cuthbert are laid to rest.
 

 

28/02/2014

There are a variety of volunteering roles within the foodbank including driving to deliver and collect food from distribution points and collection points, meeting clients and giving out food, helping with administration and support, sorting donated food and helping at supermarket collections.

 If you are interested in volunteering with Durham food bank:

28/03/2014

In April two new distribution points will open for foodbank users:

 

Annfield Plain   Tuesday 1pm - 3pm  Annfield Plain Community Centre, Fairview Terrace, Greencroft, Stanley, DH9 8PP - opening on Tuesday 1st April

 

Ushaw Moor  Wednesday 10am - 3pm The Hive, 5 Station Road, Ushaw Moor, Durham, DH7 7PX  - opening on Wednesday 2nd April

27/01/2014

Save The Date!

Saturday 29/03/14 08:30 - 14:00.

An opportunity to share your experiences as a volunteer, and for us to learn how this could be improved.

Provisional timetable:

08:30 Breakfast and registration.

09:15 Welcome

09:30 Key notes address: Peter MacLellen, Chair of Board of Trustees 

10:00 Consultation session

11:30 Feedback session

12:00 Thanksgiving celebration

12:30 Lunch/social.

27/01/2014

This month sees the launch of 4 new distribution points accross the County Durham! 

Foodbank users can now access local distribuion points in:

Ferryhill
St Luke's Church Hall, Church Lane Feryhill
Thursday 10:30am- 12 noon
 
Murton
Holy Trinity Chuch, Church Lane, Murton, SR7 9PG
Saturday 10am - 12 noon
 
Seaham
St Mary Magdalen's Church Hall, Harbour Walk, Seaham, SR7 7DS
Friday  5pm – 7pm
 
Shildon
Salvation Army Church Hall, Cross Street, Shildon, DL4 1PF
THursday 10am - 2pm
07/03/2014

Supermarket Collection

Come and donate food at our Supermarket Collections this month:

8th March  Morrisons  Chester-Le-Street  10am - 4pm

15th March  Asda  Spennymoor  9am - 5pm

22nd March  Tesco  Annfield Plain  9am - 5pm 

‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated.  These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Our shopping list is availible here.

27/01/2014

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Our shopping list is availible here.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming collection at TESCO Bishop Auckland on 08/02/14.  

27/01/2014

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Our shopping list is availible here.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming collection at TESCO Bishop Auckland on 08/02/14.  

18/12/2013

The foodbank will be operating as service during the Christmas holidays but will not be open on Bank Holidays. Some distribution points will be closed on specific days and a complete list of distribution points and their opening days can be seen by clicking here.

The office will be closed from Monday 23 Dec to Friday 3 Jan inclusive, however urgent calls can still be made to the usual number 0191 303 7559 and we will do our best to respond.

We wish all our volunteers, referrers, donors, supporters and everyone who has come into contact with the foodbank a happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

26/11/2013

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
22/11/2013

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.

28/11/2013

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.

04/09/2013

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.

22/07/2013

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.

19/06/2013

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.

Timetable

  • 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 office@durhamcp.org.uk.

06/06/2013

April saw a record number of people accessing the foodbank.  The total number of people fed was 855, including 243 children.

06/06/2013

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."

 

13/05/2013

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...

http://www.justgiving.com/durhamfoodbankC2c

07/05/2013

There has been a steady increase in the number of people accessing the foodbank over the past 12 months. 

 

Numbers fed in March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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! 

 

 

01/05/2013

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!

14/03/2013

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.

05/03/2013

On Friday 19th April we will be welcoming Phil the Trolley to Durham.

Read all about it here

31/01/2013

...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: glennjonez@hotmail.com

 

 

19/12/2012

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.

20/11/2012

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.

25/09/2012

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.

03/09/2012

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.

03/09/2012

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

02/07/2012

Durham foodbank is now tweeting! Click the link to see us.


http://twitter.com/durhamfoodbank

Follow @durhamfoodbank for news and events and @durfbalerts for items we urgently need as well as supermarket collection dates.


If you don't have a twitter account you can receive updates as text messages, just text:

Follow @durhamfoodbank     0r      Follow @durfbalerts    to 86444



You will receive a text when we tweet an alert.      
(Text messages charged at your network rate.)

20/06/2012

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.

09/06/2012

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

03/04/2012

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. 

01/03/2012

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.

17/02/2012

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.

24/05/2011

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?

 

23/05/2011

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

19/05/2011

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.

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