Trinity food bank has been supporting families since March 2018. Originally started by Sister Joan from Caritas Diocese of Salford who identified a growing need of families needing just the basic essentials. She started working out of a small room in the ROC centre and with the help of the church, they hosted a drop-in cafe at Trinity Baptist Church offering refreshments and clothing etc.
However when the recent pandemic started, all the older volunteers for Caritas Diocese of Salford had to shield, so the Corrie Gardeners Community Group with Trinity Baptist Church volunteers, Radcliffe First and Labour Councillors all stepped up to pack and deliver the much-needed food parcels and became Trinity Foodbank with the groups working together.
During the height of the Lockdown, they were delivering 120 – 130 food parcels per week to families and those isolating. Realising the foodbank was growing beyond just supplying food, they applied for funding from the Beacon Service and Radcliffe Rotary club to purchase a porta cabin which is now established in the Church car park. Many of the volunteers saw an increasing need to support people, Tina Harrison from Corrie Gardeners told Your Local Bury Magazine “We knew we needed to help people in other ways, as we saw a rising need for counselling during lockdown, so many of our volunteers undertook courses in their own time to develop skills in Psychological and Mental health first aid. We also now offer energy advice about warm home discount, changing suppliers, assist with PIP forms etc. and signpost people to the citizen’s advice in a bid to help people manage their money.”
Tailoring their food packs during covid lockdown, Tina also commented “We now link with Bury Active Women’s Centre, who take referrals for Halal or vegetarian food packs from us. And have provided three way translation service via WhatsApp for families whose first language is not English.” But the help doesn’t stop there! Tina explained “Working within the local community our volunteers assisted families who had moved due to domestic abuse, as well as refugees, asylum seekers. We have assisted people moving into tenancies who have no furniture by putting shout outs via Social media with signposting to help them to sustain their tenancies.”
Your Local Bury are so impressed with the work that Trinity Food bank does within the community and after being nominated by our readers, we have decided to raise funds through the sale of our charity Calendar to this worthy cause.
All the photographs were kindly submitted by our readers and are of the local area.
Starting at just £3 with £1 p&p you can purchase them individually through our website www.yourlocalbury.co.uk/charity-calander-2021 or in batches of 5 or more from the office (0161 280 2588)