Tons of tins donated by Rushcliffe residents for local homeless charity
11 January 2017
Councillors and staff at Rushcliffe Borough Council are delighted with the response to a food and toiletries plea which saw bin men collecting food donations alongside wheelie bins last week.
The Council committed to help the Friary drop-in centre by asking residents to put out unwanted non-perishable food and unopened toiletries in carrier bags for bin men to collect, and were impressed with how much was collected in just four days.
The Friary is based on Musters Road in West Bridgford and works with local homeless and vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives. They offer a range of professional advice, health and support services for local people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Every year the Friary caters for around 15,000 visits from local people in need of support and they have a strong record of enabling local people to exit crisis and move into independence.
Whilst garden waste collections were suspended over the Christmas period, the Council used their refuse collectors and office staff to collect the bags of donations back to their depot. A whole roomful of goodies was collected and will be passed over to the Friary now.
Councillor Roger Upton, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Rushcliffe Borough Council said: “The idea to collect donations alongside bin collections was a fantastic one from Shirley, our customer services manager. I want to thank all of the refuse staff who collected this mountain of donations during what is their busiest time of the year as they catch up after the festive bank holidays.”
Cllr Richard Butler, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability said: “I was really impressed with the number of items that were collected from residents in just four days. It really shows the generosity of spirit of the people of Rushcliffe and I’m grateful for what they’ve done in thinking of those who are less fortunate. Anyone who missed their chance to get involved can take donations to our contact centre on Rectory Road.”
Sam Crawford, Chief Executive of the Friary added: “The Friary is hugely thankful to Rushcliffe Borough Council for launching this fabulous local initiative. The Friary is a local charity and we seek to empower homeless and vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives by offering professional support and advice. We are increasingly reliant on our community to sustain the life-changing services which are delivered at the Friary and we are truly grateful to all those who donated.
“The food or toiletries from local residents will go directly to those in need and will help us to ensure that local people in crisis have their basic needs met, whilst we seek to assist them through to recovery and independence. We passionately believe that homelessness has no place in our local community and initiatives such as this help us to strive towards our vision of working locally to end homelessness.”
Anyone who would still like to donate non-perishable food and toiletries can do so by taking them to the Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre at West Bridgford Police Station on Rectory Road, where they’ll be gratefully received. The campaign has been well received by residents and the Council is looking at doing the same next year.
The Friary has a website - http://the-friary.org.uk/- where you can find out more about their services, how to contact them and how you can become involved in supporting their vital work. You can also follow them on Twitter using @theFriary88and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theFriary88.