Each week our volunteers regularly give their time freely to check and sort donated food, collect items from local stores, make up the food parcels and deliver them to individuals and families who are in crisis. We also provide toiletries and personal care items.
All the people who receive food parcels are referred by local agencies for our support.
Every year the number of food parcels distributed increases, in 2019 6,200 food parcels were distributed. In 2018 we gave out 3,847 food parcels and 2,266 Christmas hampers, over 6,000 adults and children were helped by FIND, double that helped in 2017.
Some of the people in crisis who we support with food parcels need our help for many weeks until their benefits, wages or health are restored.
Furniture and household items
Sometimes people have nothing and FIND regularly steps in to help individuals and families with no money for even the most basic personal and household items they need.
FIND has a furniture store and every week our volunteers will pick up items from our store and deliver them to individuals or families in need.
To continue to offer this service we need donations of furniture and other household items which are in good order – or we welcome cash donations.
Children’s shoes and school clothing
Cookers and kitchen equipment e.g. saucepans, cutlery and crockery.
Beds, mattresses, sheets and blankets or duvets
Living room and bedroom furniture – tables, chairs, wardrobes, drawers etc.
Whitegoods such as fridges and washing machines
Curtains and blinds
support for rough sleepers
There are many ways which FIND helps rough sleepers. We provide footwear, clothing, warm coats, sleeping bags, pay for prescriptions, help with travel and with food parcels.
We also have a small fund which enables us to help in paying for emergency accommodation for rough sleepers. In 2017 we helped 36 rough sleepers to move from the street to somewhere they could stay in for a few weeks or months until a permanent housing could be arranged for them - the youngest was 16 and the eldest was 58 years.
To continue this service we need donations of items in good condition - warm clothing, strong footwear, coats, sleeping bags – or we welcome cash donations.