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Young people continue to make an amazing contribution to the Hope Project Foodbank with volunteering to help rotate stock, prepare and deliver the parcels. Since lockdown many young people have to stood up to the plate by volunteering at the Foodbank.
Thank you for all the those who help. The Hope project continues to support over 70’s who are self-isolating, people with health conditions and those who have had a reduction of income.
Our Shrewsbury-based Family Support Worker works closely with Shrewsbury Foodbank, one of the initiatives of Foodbank Plus, based out of Barnabas Church Centre. The team there are extremely helpful when we have to visit to collect food for families.
Thank you all for your continued support!
During 2020 Caritas Shrewsbury has experienced major changes, perhaps overshadowed by the worst public health crisis for a generation, but none the less, significant.
Caritas said goodbye to its former Chief Executive, Mary Kilcoyne, who retired in March. Mary joined the Catholic Children’s Society back in 1988 working in the community, and later became its Director before Chief Executive Officer, ushering in the transition to Caritas. We want to thank Mary for all the work she did on behalf of Catholic Children’s Society and Caritas, and we hope she enjoys her retirement!
We would like to say a warm welcome to our new Chief Executive Ben Gilchrist who joined us on 7th September. Ben comes with a wealth of experience in international and community work, and irrepressible passion for people empowerment and social justice! Ben, we are delighted you have joined us and look forward to working with you.
During challenging times leaders rise and this is exactly what happened within Caritas. Trish Spencer, our Family Support Services Manager, became the Acting Chief Executive during the interim period before Ben joined us. With the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, our Diocese and local communities were effected as adversely as the rest of the nation. Being led by Trish, Caritas was pro-active and continued to support those most vulnerable within our communities. We want to thank Trish, for her commitment, resilience and unwavering sense of humour! Trish is now our Deputy Chief Executive, and we look forward to this new chapter in our story.
Last but by no means least, Caritas would like to say a huge thank you to its staff and volunteers who have all been truly incredible during these unprecedented times and worked tirelessly to support not only existing children, families and individuals, but also new families who have experienced crisis throughout the pandemic. Workloads doubled but staff and volunteers, including new volunteers, adapted, persevered, and supported everyone we work with as well as each other, and for that we are truly grateful. A fantastic team showing what Caritas means and all we can achieve together into the future.
If you would like to get involved please do get in touch: https://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk/contact/
The SENsitive Support Group is a support and campaign group for parents with children with special educational needs, based at St Aidan’s Centre, Wythenshawe.
Caritas Shrewsbury helped the parents to set up the group last year.
Ben said ‘I was really inspired by the parents’ stories and what they have already achieved.’
Congratulations to The Hope Project Foodbank volunteers on receiving a Special Recognition Award from the Greater Manchester High Sheriff, Dr Eamonn O’Neil. The Award was for the “outstanding contribution to the community, during the Covid 19 outbreak.”
The Hope Project, a partnership between Caritas and Catholic Social Action Wythenshawe was set up to address social isolation, as well as food poverty, during the pandemic. The picture shows Sharon, one of Foodbank volunteers proudly holding the certificate.
The Foodbank has done an amazing job during difficult times and at its peak was providing food for over 1,100 meals per week! Well done to all the volunteers the award is richly deserved.
Congratulations to The Hope Project volunteers whose efforts have received royal recognition. HM Lord-lieutenant of Greater Manchester wrote to the project to praise the foodbank volunteers, writing that ‘you remind people when they are at their lowest ebb that somebody does care.’
The letter went on to say; ‘It is right that we all thank and celebrate the work of the NHS and care workers but when this dreadful pandemic is over you too will be counted amongst the heroes.’ In his letter he quoted from Her Majesty The Queen address to the nation at the beginning of the pandemic. “I hope in years to come everyone will take pride in how they responded to the challenge.”
Lord-lieutenant adding ‘You certainly will be able to look back with pride!’ Going on to ‘thank each and everyone of you for the amazing and outstanding work you have done since the inception of the food bank and continuing through this dreadful Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for what you do
This is well deserved with over 40 volunteers being involved in The Hope Project since it began in March. Last week the foodbank delivered 1,147 meals to 123 people (3 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner to 57 adults and 66 children
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and the pictures show the wild flower meadow flourishing at St Aidan’s Centre.
The Mend Minds Group helped develop the area 2 years ago but unfortunately many of the men can’t enjoy the fruits of their labours due to social isolation.
All is not lost however, as we helped finish off the building of nest boxes the men had been making before lock down. As you can see a Blue Tit is now using the nesting box to rear their family.
In many imaginative ways, Caritas is maintaining connections with people during these challenging times.
Mike Kane the MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East visited The Hope Project Food Bank based at St Aidan’s Centre, Wythenshawe.
Along with the senior caseworker Emma Taylor, they dropped off donations for the Food Bank and praised the impact the project was having on local people across Wythenshawe.
Mike said ‘it is great what is happening here and how the community has pulled together at difficult time.’ Last week the Food Bank supplied 273 days of food to 91 people, 47 adults and 44 children.
The Hope Project based at St Aidan’s Centre is a partnership between Caritas and local Catholic parishes in Wythenshawe.
Its aim is to address social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak. One aspect of this was to reorganise the food bank so it could continue and respond to the needs of local people and address social distancing.
So the foodbank has been moved into the main hall, a new email referral system is in place and all food parcels are delivered. Since the project began in March the foodbank has supported 24 individuals and 71 families.
A total of 143 adults and 149 children. Many of the people we are supporting have been impacted by the Corvid 19.
Self isolation, a sudden loss of income and poor health, are 3 of key issues which have impacted upon families and individuals. Many of those who are referred to the foodbank receive weekly 3 day food parcels.
Alongside this, thanks to a developing partnership with Cracking Good food we also distribute 40 nourishing meals, which just need heating, each week. So alongside the 3 day food parcel, which includes enough for breakfast, lunch and dinner – the project provided 3,136 meals in May!