Firstly, I hope you had a good Christmas (although different) and that 2021 is kinder to all of us.
In spite of everything that has and is happening, the Neighbourhood Centre has continued to support the local community – albeit in some different ways. As you know we closed our doors to the public in the middle of March but soon realised that we could not abandon those who needed support.
With shielding, loss of permanent or temporary jobs, benefit delays or changes and health issues of various kinds, food, or lack of, became an issue.
A small team of people transformed the Centre from a place where you could shop or enjoy a cuppa, into a food bank. Since then, we have provided food (twice weekly), to 1469 households (some recurring) i.e. 1977 adults and 959 children.
Just prior to Christmas we handed out, or delivered 36 hygiene parcels, food hampers and bags of fruit and vegetables. Many single parents were struggling with gifts from Fr. Christmas and we helped 11 children to have a good Christmas.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for the support we received. We received grants from the Local Ward Councillors, Northern Powerhouse and Doncaster Council and the Diocese – we received food and money from St Paul’s, St. Hugh’s and Holy Trinity Churches and the local community. Local schools have also joined in with their support – Our Lady of Sorrows, Armthorpe brought their Harvest Festival food to us, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Intake brought Christmas Food Hampers and Mc Auley, donated their Advent fund raising.
Last, but not least, so many of you have given so generously over the past months and especially over Christmas. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support.
The three Co-op stores have chosen us as one of the local causes to support, so if you shop there and are a member please support us – we will receive 2p for every £1.00 you spend.
Thank you. God Bless.
From Angela and all the volunteers at the Neighbourhood Centre.