(Most recent listed first)
Supporting Homeless and Vulnerable People.
COVID-19 - Lockdown 2/Winter 2020
November 2020: St Catharine's Church, ‘Support and Share’ project: A grant to support the continuing and very well used project to provide supplementary fresh and tinned food to 30+ families that have been identified as living in food poverty in our local community.
November 2020: Gloucester 'Feed the Hungry': Providing daily lunch for residents at Newton House and Claremont House, and a daily outreach programme during lock down in the surrounding streets. Plus a 'foodbank'and additional support where required.
November 2020: Salvation Army: Providing a takeaway hot meal from the hall and operating a Monday evening soup run which will take the van around those places where people are known to be or are believed to be sleeping providing sandwiches hot drink Pot noodles or soup and some toiletries etc.
November 2020: Gloucester 'Helping Hands': Providing, on a daily basis, food and essentials to people who are in need or self-isolating throughout the pandemic. Other services supporting pupil premium children in schools in Barton and Tredworth and those in the local community in need of advice or mentoring for a range of concerns.
November 2020: Gloucester City Mission: A time of great change for the City Mission as they direct their work towards a new shape to the organisation; setting up a cafe which will not only provide nourishment but also training and emplyemnt opportunities and, a base for clothing and essential supplies for homeless and vulnerable people. In addition, they continue to provide an outreach service for 6 days a week and a hot meal on one day.
November 2020: Gloucester Foodbank: To support the foodbank as they see a significant increase in demand. Although the Foodbank continues to receive gifts of food a cash donation enables them to buy items that they are short of.
November 2020: Seventh Day Adventist Church: Providing a take away lunch on Sundays, sandwiches on Tuesday and Thursdays and groceries, warm clothes and blakets as required.
COVID-19 - Summer 2020
August 2020: St Catharine's Church, ‘Support and Share’ project: A grant to support a 6 week project to provide supplementary fresh and tinned food to up to 30 families that have been identified as living in food poverty in our local community.
July 2020: Riverside: A grant to enable the move of one individual from supported living to independent living. Recommended with significant background and managed by Mental Health Champion of Riverside.
COVID-19 - Lockdown 1
May 2020: Gloucester City Mission: At this time GCM have closed their doors, with the majority of potential clients being supported through the CEAP scheme for accommodation and food. However, the Mission have identified a need to supply those, particularly those without recourse to public funds, with essential clothing and this is a grant to support that effort.
May 2020: Gloucester Helping Hands: A long established support group in the City, Gloucester Helping Hands initial strategy following the onset of COVID-19 was to set up a team of volunteers, one volunteer per street in Barton and Tredworth. There were 100 street reps with the role of checking on the residents of their street and informing the team if anybody required support with shopping/supplies, especially during the panic buying period. All food/essential supplies were provided free of charge to anybody who was identified as struggling. Volunteers posted their contact details through letterboxes and people were able to contact us directly or on behalf of a friend/relative to refer them. They have continued to provide food and essentials to people who are in need or self-isolating throughout this crisis. This has continued on a daily basis.
May 2020: Gloucester Food Consortium: A group, headed by Justin Hudson of Butlers Bar, who have set up food distribution Hubs within the City working to Street Referrers and alongside Gloucester BID and the City Council.
April 2020: #FeedGloucester: An extension of the work of the Gateway Trust headed up by Mark Gale to provide food parcels and supermarket vouchers to those in need.
April 2020: YMCA Gloucester: A grant to support the YMCA to buy required PPE for both staff and clients. This grant was on the 'edge' of our grant giving policy but, at this time, the Trustees saw the need to support organisations such as the YMCA who are helping individuals 'off the streets'.
April 2020: SDA: Sukulwethu Nkomo of the Seventh Day Adventist Church requested support in the early days of CEAP to provide soup to those homeless who had been billeted in hotels in the City. The grant made paid for 300 tins of soup.
April 2020: Feeding Change CIC: The registered face of the 'Long Table' and the 'Feeding the 5,000' project. This organisation, headed by Will Mansell, is involved with supplying food throughout Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud to the vulnerable. The grant was restricted to being used to support people in the City of Gloucester.
March 2020: Gloucester Foodbank: To support the foodbank as they see a significant increase in demand at this time. Although the Foodbank continues to receive gifts of food a cash donation enables them to buy items that they are short of.
January 2020: The Polish Association: To support the Association as they provided a 3 course meal for the homeless at the City Mission.
November 2019: Walking Rugby: A weekly event that develops team work, community and both physiological and psychological health in the homeless and vulnerable - the grant will pay for participants to have a snack and a hot drink at the end of the session for 6 months and will enable the organisers to seek a matched grant to cover the whole year.
October 2019: Salvation Army: A grant sufficient to meet the costs of 3 months lunches and evening soup runs carried out every Monday by volunteer Salvationists for up to 80 people for lunch and 40+ people in the evenings.
October 2019: Gloucester Homes for Veterans: A grant to pay for essential personal equipment to enable a resident to travel to Lesotho, South Africa for two weeks. to work with the VillageCharity.org where he will be helping doing building in deprived areas and because of his I.T background teaching I.T.
October 2019: City Mission: A grant sufficient to meet the costs of 100 overnight bed spaces in the Winter Shelter.
October 2019: Emmaus: A grant to support both the Winter Backpack Appeal which involves filling as many backpacks as we can with items that will make the winter more bearable for those living on the street and the Christmas project where Emmaus will fill boxes with a hat, scarf, gloves, and some food items, which will be wrapped up like a present to be handed out on their weekly Wednesday soup run providing hot food and drinks to the street homeless.
October 2019: Cathedral Breakfast Club: A grant sufficient to support the costs of both the Thursday and Sunday breakfasts for 3 months.
September 2019: Riverside - Newton House: A grant to support the introduction of a 'cookery' course for those residents who will soon be allocated their own accommodation. To provide nutritional advice and demonstrate that value for money cooking can be both fun and achievable. Led by a member of staff the grant is sufficient to both pay for all of the equipment needed for a class of 6 and to pay for the ingredients.
up to £500.00.
September 2019: Gloucester Cathedral Breakfast Club 'Plus': to fund a pilot project to bring 'art therapy' to those attending the Breakfast Club. Pilot to be assessed and using feedback from both clients and tutor decide if the course should be repeated.
August 2019: St Catharine's Church, Summer Café: A grant to support a 6 week project to provide food and fun on a Wednesday morning, especially for mothers and children, to those in our local community – Kingsholm in particular – who are in food poverty.