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Soup kitchen charity’s £500,000 bid to help South Tyneside’s hungry and homeless

A charity which provides vital support to some of South Tyneside’s most vulnerable citizens is aiming to raise £500,000 to expand its services.

South Shields-based Hospitality and Hope, now based at the former Hampden Street Day Centre in South Shields, runs food banks and soup kitchens across the town.

Now it has moved into the former Duncans pet shop at Chichester after the North East’s Willan Trust bought the building and rented it to the charity at a peppercorn rent.

The aim is to create a community cafe on the bottom floor of the building which would be open to the public.

And the upstairs is to be converted to provide supported living for five adult males.

It’s a hugely ambitious project with the revamp work needed and first year running costs expected to cost £500,000.

Fortunately, Hospitality and Hope volunteers had already started fundraising before the charitable trust purchased the building on its behalf, and is “well on its way” to its target.

But Amelia Luffram, project co-ordinator with the charity, has still called on the borough’s business community to rally in support.

She said:

“It is really two separate projects. The supported living upstairs will definitely be open before the end of the year but there is an awful lot of work to do in the cafe as the pet shop has been closed for several years.

“We will be continuing our fundraising and are planning one big fundraising event in the future. Meanwhile, it would be great if building companies were able to donate stuff in kind that we could use to carry out the refit, and when the community café is open we could give those companies recognition, perhaps in the form of plaque.

“We’d also love to hear from any businesses that can provide beds, fridges and freezers for the supported living accommodation.”

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, a staunch supporter of Hospitality and Hope, was on hand when John Duncan handed over the keys to the former pet shop recently.

Also in attendance was the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, who said:

“In these difficult economic times, Hospitality and Hope provide a much-needed service for South Tyneside communities.

“It is sad to see so many people living in crisis, but it is heartening to see the level of support offered by volunteers and partner organisations who are committed to helping others.”

Thanks have been passed on to the charity’s patron, Sir David Chapman, for his support.

If you can help the charity, e-mail hosp.hope@live.co.uk

Source – Shields Gazette, 18 Feb 2015

South Tyneside Charity expands to offer more help to needy and homeless

A charity which provides vital support to some of South Tyneside’s most vulnerable citizens is on the move – and expanding its services.

South Shields-based Hospitality and Hope runs food banks and soup kitchens across the town.

It is currently based at Brinkburn Community Centre and the town’s Living Waters Church at Rekendyke.

But next week it will be moving into the former Hampden Street Day Centre in South Shields, which closed in 2013 as part of a reorganisation of the council’s day centre facilities.

The charity, which is run entirely by volunteers, has been given the premises by the local authority on a peppercorn rent.

It’s a big boost which will enable volunteers to expand the range of help they provide to people in crisis.

The move comes after a year in which demand for borough food banks has risen by 50 per cent.

It’s a need which Deb Stobbs, a volunteer fundraiser with Hope and Hospitality, can only see increasing as the impact of tough benefit changes continue to be felt.

She said: “The reality is that we have outgrown Brinkburn Community Centre.

“At the moment we package the food at Brinkburn and deliver it to different venues, in particular Living Waters.

“Now we are moving out of Brinkburn and Living Waters and consolidating in one building.

“Currently we are only open two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, and this move means we can open more days.

“South Tyneside food banks saw a 50 per cent increase in the use of services last year and this is a crisis situation which is only going to get worse and affect more and more people.”

Food banks are not available for people who just turn up at the door.

Instead, those deemed to be living in crisis are issued with vouchers by organisations such as the JobCentre and referred to the charity.

It was all hands to the pumps this week as supporters from the Prince’s Trust and Asda went along to Hampden Street with paintbrushes and cleaning equipment to get the complex ready to open.

The charity has passed on thanks to some of the other organisations and individuals which have been supportive, including Youth Justice, North East Council for Addictions and Sir David and Lady Chapman, its patrons.

Coun Ed Malcolm, the council’s lead member for resources and innovation, said: “The council is delighted to be to able to support Hospitality and Hope by providing a building that has been vacant for some time.”

New volunteers are also invited to help out at soup kitchens in St Bede’s, in Westoe Road, South Shields, on Sunday night, St Michael’s and All Angels at Westoe on Wednesday 
lunchtime and at Harton Methodist Church on Thursday lunchtime.

Source –  Shields Gazette,  12 Feb 2015

BNP food banks ‘are for indigenous Brits only’ says Nick Griffin

> The BNP, no doubt starting to worry that UKIP are muscling in on their natural support base,  move into charitable works… but only for the ‘deserving poor’ of course – deserving in their blinkered world-view meaning  “indigenous Brits”, whoever they are

British National Party leader Nick Griffin has said that the party’s mobile “food banks” are for “indigenous Brits only”.

He also described a leading anti-fascist campaigner who criticised the scheme as an “orc”.

The BNP says it has started sending activists from door to door, offering canned goods, tea and washing powder to people in need in parts of London, the Midlands and the North-West.

But Mr Griffin, who is an MEP, tweeted yesterday: “For the avoidance of doubt, our BNP food banks are for indigenous Brits only. ‘Minorities’ all have their own (taxpayer-funded) charities.”

He also dismissed criticism from Weyman Bennett, the general secretary of Unite Against Fascism, who said the offers of free food were reminiscent of “Hitler’s soup kitchens” and, more recently, the tactics of the far-right Golden Dawn movement in Greece.

“Crazed reaction from the UAF orc shows it’s the way ahead!” Mr Griffin said.

Mr Bennett said Mr Griffin’s comments exposed the donations for what they were.

“To say it’s only for indigenous people is blatantly racist,” he said. “No charity in this country is based itself around racist ideas and discriminatory ideas.

“Nick Griffin is seeking to exploit people’s poverty and pain and twist it to racist and fascist ideas.”

He reiterated his call for an investigation into the BNP by the Electoral Commission, saying they were “using racist policies” to try to win votes illegally.

Mr Bennett, who is black, said the word “orc” was used by far-right groups in the same way as the Nazis used the word “untermensch”, meaning under-man or sub-human.

“It’s a racial thing. I’m not surprised he uses racist terminology towards anybody who disagrees with him,” he said.

The Commission’s website say that it is “an offence to publish or distribute threatening, abusive or insulting material that is intended to stir up racial hatred or which is likely to stir up racial hatred”.

Source – The Independent   02 April 2014