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Help the Homeless joining forces with Foodbank - September 2020

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...

Thank you.

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.

Moving Forwards

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