19 May 2020 – How our projects are helping local people through the pandemic.
Since the start of the Coronavirus lockdown, we have concentrated on our projects which focus on reducing poverty in Redcar and surrounding areas: Redcar Area Foodbank, Next Step Shop and First Steps.
Redcar Area Foodbank has developed a delivery-only service and launched a dedicated telephone line to take referrals from agencies and eligible clients who can no longer obtain a voucher. The phone line 07394 635005 is open Monday to Friday 10am-2pm. A team of dedicated volunteer drivers then deliver emergency food boxes to clients within 48 hours of the referral – over 500 deliveries so far and counting.
The foodbank has seen an increase in people needing help since the start of the pandemic. During March, foodbank fed 730 people from 312 vouchers (compared to 464 people from 220 vouchers in March 2019). During April the number was 776 people fed from 375 vouchers, more than double the 352 people fed from 183 vouchers during April 2019.
Next Step Shop in Redcar, has also temporarily moved to doorstep deliveries only. The delivery service has been gratefully received, with two-thirds of shop members (so far) signing up to use the new service over the coming weeks. One member commented that she had been overwhelmed by her food parcel and the lovely volunteer driver who had delivered it.
Our First Steps project is also continuing to take referrals from frontline professionals, working with families who need help with baby/children’s clothing and equipment. We cannot accept donations of these items at the moment, but if we have the stock that’s needed in our warehouse, we are still able to fulfil requests for help.
We can only continue to offer this support due to the generous donations of food and money from local supermarkets, organisations and individuals, which are needed now more than ever. The dedicated team of volunteers are also an inspiration, making up the emergency food parcels and delivering them with a smile. Food can be donated at most local supermarkets and the public can make a monetary donation by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Fox, our CEO, said: “Footprints in the Community is dedicated to supporting people in the Redcar area and we are always looking for new ways to meet local needs. By delivering food parcels through Redcar Area Foodbank and Next Step Shop, we are proud to be able to help the people who need it most through the current Coronavirus pandemic.”
20 April 2020 – Changes to Next Step Shop operating procedures.
From 27 April our Next Step Shop will only be offering doorstep deliveries. The shop itself will be temporarily closed to protect the health of our volunteers and shop members. Existing shop members can request a regular delivery by telephoning our office number 01642 484842 (ext 202) between 9.30am-2.30pm Monday to Friday (to ensure your request is not missed, please only ring during these hours).
Shop members can choose either a regular weekly delivery for £2.50 or regular fortnightly delivery for £5 (payment to be made on delivery). The parcels will contain a selection of food essentials and toiletry items.
Please note: deliveries are only available to existing shop members and will take place on a Tuesday or Friday.
16 April 2020 – Further changes to Redcar Area Foodbank operating procedures.
Following advice from The Trussell Trust and to protect the health of our volunteers and clients, from Monday 20 April, we will temporarily close all remaining foodbank centres and only offer doorstep deliveries of emergency food boxes. People who are struggling (or agencies on their behalf) can request a delivery by telephoning our dedicated Foodbank telephone line 07394 635005 between 10am-2pm Monday to Friday or our office number 01642 484842 (ext 203) between 9am-3pm Monday to Thursday. To ensure your request is not missed, please only ring during these hours and do not leave a message.
Please note: we can only help people who are struggling to afford food and would normally be eligible for a foodbank voucher (usually up to 4 vouchers in a 6 month period, in line with The Trussell Trust guidance). If you are self-isolating and unable to do your own shopping (but can otherwise afford to pay) the Redcar & Cleveland Council helpline 01642 771122 may be able to assist.
2 April 2020 – How Coronavirus is affecting our current projects.
We take the health and wellbeing of our volunteers and clients very seriously. To help protect them, we have taken the difficult decision to close some of our projects for the foreseeable future. These are:
To ensure we can continue to help those people who need it most, from now on we will focus all of our resources on keeping the following projects running, although there are changes to how these will operate:
We are monitoring the situation daily in line with current Government guidelines and will update this website and social media pages on a regular basis. Thank you for your continued support of Footprints in the Community at this very difficult time.
27 February 2020 – Can you join us in our 40 items for 40 days challenge for Lent?
Redcar Area Foodbank are asking local people to join us in supporting people in crisis this Easter, by taking part in our 40 day challenge. Each day of Lent place one item of food or toiletries into a box and then donate the items at Easter to our nine Foodbank centres. Donations can be made at our offices at 10 Queen Street, Redcar or at any of the donation points listed on the Redcar Area Foodbank page. Thank you for your support!
9 January 2020 – Footprints in the Community volunteers make a difference to the lives of local people
If you’ve started 2020 with a New Year’s Resolution to make a positive difference by helping people more, or you’ve been thinking about it for a while, volunteering with Footprints in the Community could be for you.
We have lots of different volunteering opportunities across our projects, which include Redcar Area Foodbank, a Next Step Shop, First Steps and our Footprints Community Cafe. One thing all of our projects have in common, is their aim to reduce poverty and isolation in Redcar and the surrounding areas.
We have over 200 volunteers, like our Men’s Shed volunteer Sean. Sean has been a Men’s Shed member for just over 3 years and became a volunteer six months ago. Sean was feeling isolated in a new area and struggling with confidence when he first started attending Men’s Shed. Sean said, ‘Volunteering at Men’s Shed has really improved my confidence, as well as my physical and mental health. I enjoy coming along and helping other people.’
15 December 2019 – Redcar Area Foodbank opens ninth foodbank centre at Saltburn Evangelical Church
Redcar Area Foodbank has recently opened its ninth Foodbank centre at Saltburn Evangelical Church. The foodbank first opened its doors at the beginning of December 2019 and now runs every Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm, during the regular church drop-in session.
All clients who visit the new Saltburn foodbank centre will be given a warm welcome by their dedicated team of trained volunteers and offered a warm drink and a listening ear, whilst their food parcel is prepared. They can be signposted to other agencies and projects who provide help to people in crisis. Redcar Area Foodbank are happy to work alongside other independent foodbanks and charities in the area to ensure local people receive the support they need. Members of the public can make donations of food and toiletries for Redcar Area Foodbank in Saltburn at Sainsbury’s, the library and at the Evangelical Church.
Redcar Area Foodbank Manager, Helen Hedges, said, ‘As part of Footprints in the Community, Redcar Area Foodbank is dedicated to reducing poverty in Redcar and East Cleveland. Our new Foodbank centre is one way we are growing our service to provide help to anyone facing hunger in Saltburn and nearby villages’.
15 November 2019 – Have you visited Redcar’s Footprints Community Cafe yet?
Footprints Community Cafe opened its doors inside the South Tees Community Bank on Redcar High Street just over two months ago, in what’s believed to be the first partnership between a community bank and cafe in the UK. It is already becoming a community hub, with Cafe Manager Kat, her Assistant Manager Tanya and their dedicated team of volunteers offering a warm welcome to everyone who enters through the door.
The cafe is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am until 4pm and offers affordable, home cooked meals, snacks and Afternoon Teas in a relaxed, friendly environment. But what really makes Footprints Community Cafe different, is the innovative ‘Pay it Forward’ scheme, which allows customers to pay for a drink or snack for someone who is struggling to afford to feed themselves, for whatever reason.
Any profit generated by the cafe also supports the many other projects run by Footprints in the Community, all of which aim to reduce poverty and isolation in the Redcar area. When you visit, you may also recognise Cafe Manager, Kat Kempen, who was one of the stars of the BBC’s The Mighty Redcar, with her own inspirational story.
Cafe Manager Kat said, ‘Footprints in the Community is a charity dedicated to reducing poverty and isolation in the Redcar area. Our new Footprints Community Cafe is the perfect example of how we are working towards that goal, through offering affordable and nutritious home-cooked food in a supportive and friendly environment’.