Storehouse is a foodbank, providing food and support to those in greatest need, in North West Glasgow. It focuses on three areas of muti-deprivation - Drumchapel, Maryhill and Anniesland. We support residents in destitution, refugees and asylum seekers to give hope, including the assurance of food.
Every day people are going without food because of food poverty. Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics show that 44% of people in Drumchapel are income deprived, with 28% of the working age population unemployed. Notably, Drumchapel is in the top decile for every index of deprivation, including crime, health, education and geographic access to services. Due to extreme poverty and chaotic life circumstances, families are struggling to feed themselves and existing agencies cannot meet this need.
Storehouse is a foodbank in the North West of Glasgow, and we seek to fill this gap. We open every Saturday, and we distribute donations of food and toiletries to those who are destitute or in food poverty in North West Glasgow. We work in close collaboration with Social Services, homelessness agencies and voluntary organisations, to ensure that we provide appropriate support programmes, targeting those in greatest need. We are partnering with other local groups to expand the service.
Provide the assurance of food to those without means of support and those who are at a crisis point.
Activities» Collect donations of food and essential toiletries from church groups, the local community and retailers.
» Work with social services and other welfare organisations to ensure those who are in greatest need receive support.
» Distribute food and essential toiletries to those in need at our weekly foodbank.
Success will be shown by always being able to provide food to those who are in need and who use our services.
Reduce isolation among people in North West Glasgow.
Activities» We spend time with each foodbank client to find out more about their needs and situation.
» We recognise each client as an individual and not just someone who needs food.
» We provide friendship and support as well as food to those who are isolated.
» Where we cannot provide the support that is needed, we link people to services where their needs may be met.
Success is shown through the stories shared by service users of how Storehouse has made a difference to them in their time of need and seeing the difference it has made to them.
To begin to break the cycle of poverty and homlessness in North West Glasgow.
Activities» Develop and provide support services to help our clients break out of their current situations. Such as: budgeting advice; advocacy and translation.
» Liaise closely with social workers and other agencies to provide targeted support.
Success will be demonstrated by the lives of the families and individuals being transformed and the stories they and other agencies tell.
We will change the lives of those in crisis by helping them through the crisis. We will help people break out their cycles of poverty and homelessness by providing targeted programmes of support. We will help reduce isolation by providing friendship and practical support. Success will be told by the stories of people whose lives have been changed.
We will seek to influence policy at a local and national level to address the issues of poverty and homelessness.
We are dependent on donations of food and toiletries. We have started a programme of food collections at major supermarkets which is both raising awareness of local poverty and providing a means by which the community can engage with it.
The need is greater than we can meet on our own and we are actively partnering with local churches to set up more distribution points and services.
We have set-up a website which will be kept up to date with developments and stories. A quarterly report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans will be made available via the website.
Budget - Project Cost: £45,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £39,500 Multi-agency work Costs of multi-agency worker (for 2 years) £2,500 Food provision Fareshare contributions plus top up purchases (2yrs) £3,000 Admin/IT/Building Admin, IT and Communications, Rent, heating and lighting
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount The Souter Trust £3,000 Guaranteed The Robertson Trust £10,000 Guaranteed FiSCAF £15,000 Guaranteed
Storehouse is based in Anniesland, North West Glasgow. It has a primary focus in three areas of muti-deprivation - Drumchapel, Maryhill and Anniesland, being well situated for all these areas. We also serve the wider North and West Glasgow areas. We are partnering with churches in Knightswood, St George's Cross, Anniesland and surrounding areas to deliver the foodbank and other services.
Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics show that 44% of people in Drumchapel are income deprived, with 28% of the working age population unemployed. Notably, Drumchapel is in the top decile for every index of deprivation, including crime, health, education and geographic access to services. North and West Glasgow is home for many asylum seeker families, refugees and failed asylum seekers, all of whom benefit from our services.
We have been working in this area since May 2000 and have developed a strong network of connections with local agencies and support groups. Through our links with the local community, local churches and other agencies we are able to provide support, not just for food, but for the whole person. We are passionate about the relieving of poverty and the causes of poverty and have always served the poor. Our foodbank has been operating since August 2011 and we are committed for the long haul.
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Caroline works as our part-time co-ordinator and lead caseworker, liaising with local agencies. She works tirelessly to make the project a success.
Callum is a Storehouse team leader who co-ordinates the Saturday Foodbank, church and supermarket food collections and manages a team of volunteers.
Storehouse depends upon a team of committed and energetic volunteers, without whom food collection and distribution would not be possible.
will pay for one food hamper
I don't have to worry about the children's food and you hope that this keeps going and doesn't give up