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’.