Posted: Mon 17th Mar 2014

VOTING CLOSES 18th MARCH: Netmums chooses Flintshire Food Bank for “Sport Relief Grant”

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 17th, 2014

Flintshire foodbank has been chosen by Netmums the parenting website, for a Sports relief grant that will give them a share of £200,000. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The ‘Sport Relief Grants chosen by Netmums’ initiative will share the £200,000 between five charities. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Each of the five charities will receive money – but how much they get is completely in our hands. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The charity which gets the most votes gets the biggest grant. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To vote for Flintshire Foobank in this years “Sport Relief Grants chosen by Netmums” initiative just click on the link here >> VOTE FOR FLINTSHIRE FOODBANK << ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This year Sport Relief will see the first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, which is taking place from Friday 21st March to Sunday 23rd March. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You can raise money by running, swimming or cycling and raise money to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both on your doorstep in the UK and around the world.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To find out more click the link Sport Relief ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Catherine the Rural Development Officer for Flintshire Foodbank talks about how Sport Relief has made a huge difference to them.

Sport Relief funding has made a massive difference to me because it funds my job at Flintshire Foodbank. I love my job! ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It enables me to work in the community with people that are struggling the most. My role is to make access to the foodbank easier and raise its profile. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Over the last 14 months I have set up distribution centres in Flintshire and we now have a mobile foodbank that goes out to the most rural areas. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Every day I meet people that are finding life hard for all sorts of reasons and we are able to help them meet their most basic need for food.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We also give people time to talk and share their stories. I have just started offering lunch to people at one of our centres. It’s nothing much but it’s warm and dry with the radio, newspapers, and beans on toast to eat. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Not all of our clients are unemployed; at least 25% are working and are still unable to make ends meet. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Single mum Jennie got a job through an agency working 30 hours a week, but less than a month later it had been cut to nine hours a week. We help her and her son with food so that she can put money in the gas meter to keep them warm. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A lot of the people that have to turn to the foodbank are ashamed and embarrassed and we try to be as welcoming as possible. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Linda turned up on the verge of tears, with her mum for support. Her benefits had stopped while they were being reassessed because her youngest son had just turned five-years-old. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

She had a cup of tea and we chatted while her food was being packed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

I asked her if she would like to help us while she is looking for work and she has now become one of our best volunteers. She is gaining in confidence, helping other people and has something else to put on her CV. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Sport Relief funding has helped us reach more people. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

When I started, the foodbank had fed around 1000 people, it’s now 8000. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The demand for foodbanks across the country has risen dramatically. We are working with vulnerable people and are in a perfect position to help make a real difference in their lives. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

 

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