A market place will be turned into a foodbank collection point next month (Friday, July 10).
The Unite Community will be holding a donation event for County Durham Foodbank and the County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank in Durham Market Place on Friday, July 10 – the day before Durham Miners’ Gala.
The move was inspired by an event in Glasgow following last year’s Scottish independence referendum, staged to highlight the impact of austerity cuts.
A Unite Community spokesman said: “On the Saturday, over 100,000 people will take part in Durham Miners’ Gala in a huge demonstration of solidarity.
“We are asking them to extend their solidarity by a day to help out those desperately struggling or unable to make ends meet.”
The collection will run from 10am to 3pm.
The County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank had its latest opening today and oh my goodness we were busy! Our volunteers estimate that we gave out around one hundred bags of clothing- based on the number of rolls of bags we used. As always the kindness of those who donate items and/or time is appreciated and our heartfelt thanks go out to you all.
It was however a day of mixed emotions for the volunteers. First the happy things. Our prom dresses, suits and assorted prom accessories made their first appearance at the Clothing Bank today. We have received seventy dresses and have truly been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who gave them. We are loaning them out at no charge. If you would like to borrow one, all you need to bring is proof of ID. The red one below was our first to be loaned out. Also below you can…
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The Clothing Bank opened yesterday. It was particularly well-attended- which although we are glad that word is spreading and people are finding out what we can offer, in 21st Century Britain it is an absolute disgrace that people are in such dire need of help.
The gratitude of the people we help is heart-breaking. One young homeless man said “Thank you, thank you so much. You are doing such a good job” Not only were the volunteers humbled by his comments but also angered by them. I’m not sure who said it (possibly Gandhi) but there is a quote that says “You can judge a society by how they treat their weakest members.” The weakest members of our society are being badly let down at the moment
We received a good donation from a well-known and much frequented night club in Durham that had cleared out their lost property. If it…
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The Clothing Bank opened its doors today at Brandon Miners Welfare Hall from 12 until 2. As always we have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people who donate clothes, toiletries, their time and, in the case of the GMB Tyne and Wear branch, a £25 cheque. Thank you all.
The Clothing Bank was busy for the two hours it was open. We were pleased to welcome colleagues from Destiny Streetworx who feed up to 150 homeless people every Saturday at Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. They also offer a freshly prepared hot meal and drinks and provide a Food Bank for those in need. We were happy to help them with clothes and toiletries to take back to their street friends (check out their facebook page for more information)
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The last Clothing Bank of 2014 took place on December 9th at Brandon Miners Welfare Hall. The organisers decided that as it was the closest one to Christmas there would be toys and selection boxes available. Once again the local community overwhelmed us with their generosity. Donations of toys and selection boxes poured in, as well as clothes and toiletries.
Donations included a selection of hand knitted baby clothes, hand knitted dog coats and a king sized duvet.
The Clothing Bank was busy, the organisers estimate that over 150 bags of items were distributed. Amongst others, we helped: a young expectant mother, a homeless man, a man who had just moved into a new flat who had nothing- he took the duvet, a young man living in a hostel who needed something to wear at a wedding (he took away a very smart jacket) and a lady with six children.
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The Clothing Bank opened its doors for the third time last week at Brandon. We estimate that between 60 and 80 people used the clothing bank today, which is, in its own way is terrible, but only because it shouldn’t be necessary in 2014. Overall, with our and the Foodbank helpers, those who came into drop things off for us and others, it was very busy and a large hall looked full a lot of the time
Word must be spreading, and it was good to see a lot of clothes gone & we have plenty more, so don’t worry! The little boys, toddler clothes, just went in a flash. As did adult jumpers. We helped out a lot of people not just with clothing but also furniture and baby buggies. We try and help everyone where we can from cradle to the elderly we have something for everyone
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