Christmas can be a lonely time for the hungry and homeless. Local charities: Bournemouth foodbank and The Salvation Army Boscombe work to give vulnerable people the help they need but there is always room for more volunteers.
Rebecca Lent who has worked as Assistant Manager for nearly two years for Bournemouth food bank told Buzz:
“Volunteers are touch and go as many have other commitments or get full time jobs. Christmas usually encourages more volunteers.”
The Salvation Army Boscombe is a social place for any visitors, open from 10am to 4.15pm Monday to Friday offering tea and coffee and a friendly face. Len Doyle, Project Manager told us it is ‘a social place’ for adults over the age of 18. The project also offers help with organising benefits and other issues visitors may need help with. The project have around 15 volunteers whom usually work one or two sessions each, they serve tea and soup and are a friendly face to those who visit.
9/10 of the visitors are male and the projected is funded completely through the Church.
Bournemouth Foodbank, which is completely donation based, creates 3 day food packages for people in crisis. Tesco at Riverside, Castle Lane had a Christmas collection from Thursday to Saturday las week. The emergency based food bank feed around 250 people a week with 2 tones of food.
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The people who rely on food banks varies from the homeless to single mums to people who’s benefits have been cut.
Volunteering roles for the food bank involve: packing; checking dates; warehouse organising and client care and cleaning.