Harvest Festival 2019

October 2019 was the busiest Harvest festival season we’ve ever had!
 
Over the course of 4 weeks, our team collected 4652kg of donations from Pupils, parents, teachers and staff from 32 schools and a handful of churches and community groups across Telford and Wrekin.
 
We’d like to thank everyone that made a contribution to the Foodbank as it has helped to boost stock levels at a busy time of year.

Introducing Telford Baby Bank

 

 

 

 

Telford Crisis Support has been running a Foodbank for 5 years in Telford & Wrekin. As well as supporting people with food and toiletries, we’ve noticed that there’s been an increase in referrals for new parents that don’t necessarily need food, but need help with items to give their newborn the best start possible.

For 2019, we will be launching a brand new project ‘Telford Baby Bank’ to run alongside the Foodbank. Through this new project we will provide much needed essentials and equipment to mothers and families who are unable to provide these items for themselves; including but not limited to young mums, people seeking asylum, Women or Men fleeing domestic abuse or Family breakdown and trafficking just to name a few reasons.

Working with midwives, health visitors and other professional groups to provide support directly where it is most needed, Volunteers will sort and package a ‘Moses Basket’ of clothing, toiletries and essential baby equipment as an attractive gift to new mothers. 

Each basket will contain: Size 1 nappies, Size 2 nappies, baby toiletries (Shampoo,baby bath,baby lotion,baby sponge) Mum/Dad toiletries (shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant, maternity pads, breast pads) baby vests, babygros, outfits, cardigans, baby coat, baby socks, shoes/bootees. 2 hats, 2 pairs of mittens, blankets, moses basket sheets, bibs, baby towel, a card and a box of chocs for Mum or Dad.

Referrals will go live in November. This is not a walk in or open referral service and is currently running as a trial with a few select professional groups that will be able to refer to begin with. In 2020 we will be looking to increase the outreach.

This project much like to Foodbank will be reliant upon generous contributions and donations. Please see the wishlist below.

 

Moses baskets
New born nappies size 1 & 2
Baby baths
Nappy sacks
Baby wipes
Cotton wool
Baby shampoo/lotion
Baby bath
Baby soap
Baby sponges
Baby blankets
Baby towels
Moses basket sheets
Baby clothes up to 6 months
Baby grows (0-6 months)
Snow suits/coats (0-6 months)
Socks/tights (0 - 6 months)
Shoes/booties (0 - 6 months)
Scratch mitts (0-6 months)
Hats & gloves (0 - 6 months)
Muslin cloths

Please note we cannot accept any more baby toys

 

Donations can be dropped off the the Telford Crisis Support office which can be found by clicking here

Alternatively if you’d like to be a donation point call us!

If you’re a health or childcare professional and think you can help or need assistance, please send an email with the subject ‘Baby Bank’ to tcsfoodbank@gmail.com

This Project is supported by:

Veolia UK 

Persimmon Homes

HMRC CDIO

Visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Photo courtesy of Sybil Ruscoe media

 

As part of his visit to Shropshire, Justin Welby paid a visit to our Foodbank Hub to meet some of the team and talk about the issues that many people are facing.

We discussed the rise in referrals, the common reasons for referrals being made and the vital work of our volunteer team and the hours that they invest every month.

A once in a lifetime experience for all here at TCS!

What difference does a year make?

We’re often asked when are the peak times of the year for Food parcel requests? 

Well we have provided a graph to give you a rough idea of how suddenly demand can change. For example in 2018 there was a big drop off in referrals from January to March with a gradual rise through until May. 

 

However looking at 2019, we saw a similar decrease but with a sudden spike in March. which is usually when we see our lowest food stocks and supplies.

The most notable change has been the increase in referrals between July and August in 2019. This leads to a higher number of food parcels being made per working day.

The referrals will only rise between now until Christmas so the Harvest festival donations are so important in the run up to the new year.

If you feel that you can help with food donations, volunteering or financial support please look at the get involved menu at the top of our website.

 

Restaurant 1840 supporting the community

In Dawley right in the heart of Telford, Restaurant 1840 is a fully licensed unique dining experience. One of Telford’s oldest buildings, this 19th century former Methodist Church is unique, the locally sourced produce is freshly prepared by the team and Barry & Rebecca would love you to join them for a memorable eating experience. 

Since opening they have been focused on supporting local good causes and for Setpember 2019 have chosen to support Telford Crisis Support’s Foodbank with a cheque for £1274

We can’t thank Barry, Rebecca and the team enough for their very generous contributions.

Find out more at www.restaurant1840.co.uk

 

Thank you to Gary and Paul Brennan for visiting the Foodbank Hub recently and for making a generous contribution totalling £500 from both Forester and Ironbridge Masonic lodges in Telford and Wrekin. 

A Further £100 was donated by Adastra Training (www.adastra.training)

Albrighton, Shifnal and Market Drayton have all received donations too recently. There will also be a Shropshire wide fund-raising festival until the end of October to help further the efforts of supporting those in need.

Pictured L-R (Gary Brennan, Immediate Past Master of the Iron Bridge Lodge | Ollie Locker, Telford Crisis Support Operations Manager | Paul Brennan, Master of Forester Lodge)