Foodbank and Help the Homeless January 2021
Foodbank and Help the Homeless Project - January 2021
Happy New Year to you all and thank you for your continued support of our Foodbank and Homeless Project.
Due to Lockdown 3, we have decided to morph our project once again. The Project will continue throughout this time, but due to the partial school closure, it will look a little different until Easter 2021.
Please can classes continue to bring in long-life food and drink and place these into the class boxes located in the room where they are being taught. I will deliver to the Hope Centre and the SVP (via Mrs Hobbs), will deliver to the Daylight Centre.
Please can families put items to one side for each collection period and then bring them into school once school is fully reopened.
As before, we have plenty of food parcels ready in school for any families who may need them.
Please contact either school office, Mr Hawkes, Mrs Hobbs or Miss Bedford to arrange collection.
As always, any remaining items will be shared out equally between The Daylight Centre (Foodbank), Wellingborough and The Hope Centre, Northampton.
We will let everyone know the total number of items donated after each collection date and they will be added onto the school Foodbank/ Homeless Totalizer.
All children will receive a small bag of Haribo sweets to express my thanks, once school reopens fully.
The collection dates until Easter 2021 are:
Thank you for your kind support. Those who receive your generous food donations are extremely grateful and both the Daylight Centre and the Hope Centre always send their sincere thanks.
Phil Hawkes, Project Co-ordinator
Foodbank and Help the Homeless project - December 2020
Thank you very much to the wonderful Our Lady`s Catholic Primary School community for the incredible way you have been supporting our Foodbank and Homeless project.
As of the end of November 2020, we have currently collected 1,650 items of food and toiletries - all of which have been distributed to the Daylight Centre (Foodbank) in Wellingborough or the Hope Centre (Homeless) in Northampton or are packaged up waiting for school families to collect.
The S.V.P society have kindly transported hundreds of items to the Daylight Centre.
The Hope Centre and Daylight Centre send their warmest thanks and I know that the recipients of every item will be extremely grateful for your kindness at this time.
The families in school who have received bags of food are all very grateful to the school community.
However, I have come across only one problem.
The problem is that we have around 20 bags of food sitting ready to be given to families in school but I know that some families may be too embarrassed to ask for a bag or not want to be seen with one. I totally understand that.
To help put your mind at rest, carrier bags of food are left outside the KS2 office, unnamed, ready for collection at any time during the school day, or after the school day if needed. Children are not sent home with bags and they can be collected by an adult at any time.
If you feel you need a bag at the moment, please ask either Office, Mrs. Bedford, Mrs Hobbs or Mr Hawkes. Any requests really are kept confidential. The items are all from the school community and are for you.
One way of looking at it is that a Foodbank is a bank.
When you need a bit of help, you can withdraw from the foodbank.
When you no longer need help, you can add to the foodbank to help others.
Our next collection date for class boxes is on Friday 12th December 2020.
The food collected in on that date will be sorted by a wonderful group of volunteers in school, including teachers, TAs and children (all COVID-19 secure). It will then be distributed to the school community, The Daylight Centre and The Hope Centre in the last week of term.
Thank you again for all of you help.
Looking forward to continuing the project next year - there are some exciting developments in the pipeline,
Help the Homeless and Foodbank - September 2020
We are very excited to announce the new linking of the Foodbank and Help the Homeless Projects at Our Lady`s Catholic Primary School.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to help the Homeless on the streets or even provide a meal service at the Hope Centre, so we have re-thought both projects to see how we can best serve the local communities of the school, Wellingborough and Northampton.
This has resulted in the new joint project.
WHAT WILL I SEE IN SCHOOL?
Each class is going to receive a Class named 32 litre plastic tub. We are asking each class to bring in non-perishable food or toiletries which will be donated to the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough, the Hope Centre in Northampton, or in exceptional circumstances, families in need in our school community.
WHY SHOULD I BRING IN ITEMS?
As the Government`s furlough scheme draws to a close, unemployment is predicted to rise which is likely to mean that foodbanks are more necessary than ever. If you can send in items, they would be very much appreciated by their recipient whether they are in the school community, in Wellingborough or in Northampton. What might seem like a small donation to you will soon add up into a large amount of items if everyone who can gets involved!
If you are not in a position to be able to send in any items, then please do not worry, but do continue to pray for and support our local communities in any way you can.
PRIZES FOR CLASSES
To help encourage each class to bring in items, there will be a tasty prize awarded twice every half-term for the class who brings in the highest number of items.
WHEN WILL THIS ALL START?
As you read this, the plastic tubs are all being prepared with final preparations being made for a launch date before the end of September 2020.
CAN I SEND IN CLOTHING?
The Hope Centre has currently asked that no more clothing is sent to them for the time being due to COVID-19 restrictions, so please do not send in any clothes at the moment.
Please watch this space for more information...
Mr Hawkes and Mrs Hobbs
Help the Help the Homeless - Help the Homeless - Covid-19 Update 12.6.2020
Sadly, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have had to temporarily pause the majority of our `Help the Homeless` project.
However, once it is safe to do so, we will endeavour to continue providing the much needed support to the Homeless in our local area.
We have been informed by the Hope Centre that we are still unable to use their facilities to prepare hot meals at this time and are following Government guidance regarding what to do next.
What the project has achieved during the COVID-19 pandemic
In March 2020, we took our 8 large containers of food, drinks, clothing and anything else we had to the Hope Centre to be given out to the Homeless.
Our school also presented the Hope Centre with the cheque on behalf of the school for £320 raised by the generosity of the school community through the `Silly Socks Day` we enjoyed in February 2020.
The Hope Centre has sent it`s heartfelt thanks to everyone - this includes several of the regular Homeless folk we see who expressed their gratitude to the school community and project in general when the items and cheque were delivered.
In addition to this, with the help of everyone connected with the team, we have managed to provide the following for the Hope Centre during April- Summer 2020:
- 300 disposable paper cups, lots of coffee, tea, soup sachets, 35 x500g bags of sugar, lots of Costa Coffee cans, bag of socks, used 50 inch TV, sound bar, DVD player, many china mugs, few pot porridge, noodles, bag of spoons and several boxes of coffee 3-in 1s, several bags of food.
At the height of the pandemic, the Homeless in Northampton were offered accommodation in two hotels in the centre of Northampton. While this provided a welcome short term solution, unfortunately in the few weeks, the central funding for this is expected to come to an end which will mean these folk are likely to returning back onto the streets. The Hope Centre reported that many of them have made good progress both mentally and physically when given safe accommodation and do not relish the idea of returning back onto the streets.
Currently, news reports are predicting that homelessness is going to increase as the UK economy suffers. It is worth remembering that homelessness can affect young and old from any gender, ethnicity or class.
We are planning how to re-launch the project in a safe and sustainable way in the next few weeks and would really appreciate any material help you are able to give.
Adults might also want to get involved with the Hope Centre`s `Street by Street` campaign providing support for the Homeless over the next few months (see link on right side of this page).
Please watch put for updates on this page.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in any way with this project.
Mr Hawkes and the Help the Homeless Team