Foodbank is aiming to reach all in need

This Is Wiltshire: Andrew Hill, new project manager of Swindon Foodbank Andrew Hill, new project manager of Swindon Foodbank

SWINDON Foodbank’s new project manager wants the organisation to increase its contact with housebound people.

The foodbank, which was set up in 2005, is one of the oldest in the country, and Andrew Hill believes that while it is good at helping those able to leave the house, the elderly or disabled in need who cannot get out and about can be overlooked.

He first started volunteering for the charity, which gives out food parcels to those in need, in October 2012, and has stood in as boss when the previous project manager has been on holiday.

Andrew, who started his job yesterday, said: “I am a born-again Christian and this is God’s calling for me.

“When the previous project manager, David Hartridge, took over he had several months away and so I stood in for him.

“When he got back I became the assistant project manager and when David stood down he encouraged me to apply for the position, with the rest being history.

“I feel very honoured to be given this responsibility but the people that really make what we do possible are the many volunteers, donors and supporters in and around our town.”

Over recent years the foodbank has seen a steady increase in the number of people who turn to it for help.

However, while the number has not dropped, the rise in users appears to have tailed off in recent months.

“Since the new year the number of people coming has stopped increasing, which is obviously fantastic,” said Andrew.

“What we would much rather see, though, is a decline in users, but it is good that there appears to be fewer people in need.

“There is still a need within Swindon for what we do and it is important we carry on.”

As project manager, Andrew’s main goal is to find out if the foodbank can help those who cannot visit on their own to get food.

He said: “We find that many of our users are of a relatively young age, by which I mean they are not elderly.

“Many of them are able-bodied and so can leave their house, pick up a voucher and come here.

“I’ve spoken with carers who have come down and said they vouch that their patient has absolutely no food in the cupboards but is not in a position to leave their home.

“I am determined to find out what we can do to help with that.”

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10:50am Tue 17 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Great to see the service being expanded.
Good luck Andrew.
Great to see the service being expanded. Good luck Andrew. Badgersgetabadname
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12:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.
As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Token solution after token solution.
The situation only appears to worsen real solutions need to be put in place or generations will only know food vouchers.

Pensioners, zero hours contracts, families in crisis were all supposed to be matters of priority for government, as a group they are worse off.
It doesnt really need new ideas just follow through on promises made.
Token solution after token solution. The situation only appears to worsen real solutions need to be put in place or generations will only know food vouchers. Pensioners, zero hours contracts, families in crisis were all supposed to be matters of priority for government, as a group they are worse off. It doesnt really need new ideas just follow through on promises made. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

9:09pm Tue 17 Jun 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.
The UK foodbank project started in 2004, so perhaps it is Tony Blair (the champagne socialist) you should be asking to hang his head in shame.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]The UK foodbank project started in 2004, so perhaps it is Tony Blair (the champagne socialist) you should be asking to hang his head in shame. LordAshOfTheBrake
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9:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.
The UK foodbank project started in 2004, so perhaps it is Tony Blair (the champagne socialist) you should be asking to hang his head in shame.
Yes he should.
The amount of food banks has rocketed under the condems though.
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]The UK foodbank project started in 2004, so perhaps it is Tony Blair (the champagne socialist) you should be asking to hang his head in shame.[/p][/quote]Yes he should. The amount of food banks has rocketed under the condems though. Davey Gravey
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10:31pm Tue 17 Jun 14

stfcdod says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.
Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones? stfcdod
  • Score: 0

10:53pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

stfcdod wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.
Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones?
Who are these people then?
It's a myth with no evidence to back it up as far as I know.
Plenty of examples of people needing foodbanks have been on this site, both in the articles and comments which are nothing like that.
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones?[/p][/quote]Who are these people then? It's a myth with no evidence to back it up as far as I know. Plenty of examples of people needing foodbanks have been on this site, both in the articles and comments which are nothing like that. Davey Gravey
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11:21am Wed 18 Jun 14

Wildwestener says...

stfcdod wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.
Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones?
yes because that's what they are all doing, isn't it?. The mind boggles that people like you swallow this BS and trot out this nonsense. I'm not saying that there aren't those who are milking the system but that doesn't mean there are not genuine cases. Perhaps you'd rather we just let families starve?
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones?[/p][/quote]yes because that's what they are all doing, isn't it?. The mind boggles that people like you swallow this BS and trot out this nonsense. I'm not saying that there aren't those who are milking the system but that doesn't mean there are not genuine cases. Perhaps you'd rather we just let families starve? Wildwestener
  • Score: -1

1:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Wildwestener wrote:
stfcdod wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.
Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones?
yes because that's what they are all doing, isn't it?. The mind boggles that people like you swallow this BS and trot out this nonsense. I'm not saying that there aren't those who are milking the system but that doesn't mean there are not genuine cases. Perhaps you'd rather we just let families starve?
Well it was on benefit Britain so it must apply to every person needing foodbanks and benefits.
Any time you look at social media there are various hate groups looking to blame someone for the current woes of the world.

No matter how many times government state "we are all in this together" it is simply not true.
It begs the question what sort of person would oppose foodbanks?
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: As a nation we should be thankful for people who work tirelessly doing this. It is a shame that people are in such a desperate state having to use them. Cameron and co should hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]Are these people in a desperate state while they're watching Sky Sports on their 48" plasma TV's, or on their 4g mobile phones?[/p][/quote]yes because that's what they are all doing, isn't it?. The mind boggles that people like you swallow this BS and trot out this nonsense. I'm not saying that there aren't those who are milking the system but that doesn't mean there are not genuine cases. Perhaps you'd rather we just let families starve?[/p][/quote]Well it was on benefit Britain so it must apply to every person needing foodbanks and benefits. Any time you look at social media there are various hate groups looking to blame someone for the current woes of the world. No matter how many times government state "we are all in this together" it is simply not true. It begs the question what sort of person would oppose foodbanks? Badgersgetabadname
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