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Mayor of Colchester Opens New Family Hub

Colchester Foodbank, Tots 2 Teens the Baby Bank and the Uniform Exchange provide a one stop sop for the local community. Sustainable social housing developer, Cardea Homes, enabled this partnership to happen by being a benefactor. The family hub offer a twice weekly one stop shop with foodbank, babybank and uniform exchange services available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm at 63 North Station Road.

 

Cllr Nick Cope, the Mayor of Colchester opened the family hub and said “It’s one thing to have good intentions, it’s another to manage those intentions effectively. I have always thought that Michael and his Foodbank team achieve both and I am always impressed with the standard of organisation at the facilities he runs. I wish the baby bank and uniform excahnge in North Station Road the very best, and I am sure it will make a difference.” Colchester Foodbank charity’s harvest appeal for food donations to keep up with the number of people needing support and to help stock our shelves.

 

Mike Beckett, the Chief Officer of Colchester Foodbank charity, said: “With over a third of those who need are help children and we are particularly concerned to offer additional support to struggling families to help families stay together and to get by when times get tough for them. The Foodbank is grateful for those supporting our Harvest appeal from our local community and businesses. Donations of food items like tins of custard, tins of rice pudding, tins of tomatoes, small packets of rice, packets of 80 teabags, longlife fruit juice cartons, tinned fish, pasta sauce, packets of biscuits and other things like washing pods/tablets/capsules/liquid/powder, toilet rolls, razors and shaving cream, deodorant, size 4, 5 and 6 nappies are particularly needed, and can be made by dropping off donations at our warehouse or at supermarkets. People can also donate money either as a one of gift or even better commit to giving a regular monthly gift by visiting Colchester Foodbank’s website or social media.”

 

Rev Andrew Fordyce, the Chair of Colchester Foodbank said “I would particularly like to thank Marcus, Eddie, Mark, Izabela, Eunice, Barbara and all the team at the family hub at 63 North Station Road and our neighbours KG Moore for their help too. We can only provide crucial support only because of our generous community’s support. Colchester Foodbank charity relies on local donations to run, we don’t turn people who come with a foodbank voucher away, but we want to make sure that whilst there is a need for our work in the area, we are able to provide a full, nutritionally-balanced supply of three days’ emergency food. If you or a group you are involved with would like to please do visit the Foodbank to see the work we do either at Colchester Foodbank is at 33 Moorside Business Park, Moorside, Eastgates CO1 2ZF near the Royal Mail sorting office, open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday. You can also visit our partners at Brightlingsea Foodbank on Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm at Brightlingsea Parish Hall and Wivenhoe Foodbank on Thursdays 10 am to 12 noon at Wivenhoe Congregational Church. On Tuesdays from 10am to Noon at the Colchester Credit Union building Greenstead and now on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm at Unit 63 North Station Road, Colchester.”

 

“We are so grateful to so may individual who give each time they shop, if they can afford to do so, we are really glad that so many people arrange a harvest collection for the foodbank in their school, office or social/community group, support like this really makes a difference.”

 

Eddie Campbell, Managing Director of DNA Networks said “Essex Free School Uniform is working with Foodbank and Tots 2 teens on this new chapter and expanding into the Tendring Area. To date we have supported families with 3,500 school items. Please remember there is no eligibility criteria, anyone can self-refer. We are still need donations, secondary school items particularly and volunteers.”

 

Eunice Moore and Barbara McIntyre said “Caring For Colchester children, we at Tots 2 Teens Colchester Baby and Children’s Bank. Help families with clothing and equipment for their children 0-16years. So they have Warm clothing in Winter and Cool in the Summer.”

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