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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Reposted from local newspapers
Two more stories here from local newspapers about the inhumane treatment and incompetence by DWP
1) A WOMAN left on crutches by a leg operation has complained that she has no money as Jobcentre staff say she is fit to work.
Pamela Johnson, 56, of Broomside, in Ferryhill, underwent an operation last October which left her unable to carry on working in a fish and chip shop.
Miss Johnson began claimed benefits and said that Jobcentre bosses have now told her to sign on at Spennymoor to claim £57 Jobseekers’ Allowance each fortnight.
She is also angry that the staff in Spennymoor Jobcentre deemed her to be fit to work.
She said: “I had a medical and the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) said that my money would stop…
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