Edengate is a charity supporting the homeless and vulnerable of Newport. Their slogan is “Inviting people in, helping people out.” Edengate night shelter provides emergency accommodation, a hot meal, a warm bed and breakfast for Newport’s most vulnerable citizens. The project operates through a partnership with 16 local churches providing the emergency accommodation. The project is supported by an amazing army of fully trained volunteers. Another Edengate project is Breaking Free. Breaking Free helps those who are stuck in the cycle of addiction and walks them through step by step as they look at detox and rehabilitation programs, re-entry programs and later housing, mentoring and back to work schemes, to move on so they can play their part in society. Anthony Tombling Jnr (Director)

Food Cycle Bath

“Food Cycle is a volunteer powered community project working to reduce food poverty and social isolation by serving tasty nutritious meals to vulnerable people. Food Cycle in Bath source their food from the supermarkets Morrisons. Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer’s and The Fine Cheese Co. The food is either surplus or unsellable and would normally go to waste.

The volunteers serve a 3-course communal meal, cooked with whatever ingredients are sourced on the day, a bit like a bigger version of ready steady cook. The volunteers start arriving around 4pm and dinner is served at 7:30. The communal meal is a chance for people to sit down in a nice warm, social and friendly environment.

The meal on the day was a cream of broccoli soup, a lovely mushroom bake and blueberry pancakes for desert. The meal served over 30 people. It costs this charity £20 pounds a week to rent the local community centre, not much money in the grand scheme of things to provide an invaluable community service. If you would like to support them please visit here: http://foodcycle.org.uk/location/bath” Anthony Tombling Jnr (Director)

North Paddington Foodbank

“On Wednesday I spent the day at the North Paddington Foodbank in West London. Foodbanks such as North Paddington are a lifeline to some, helping those most need in their community. 

Think about this: In 2004 only two foodbanks existed in the whole of the UK. Today, there are 429 run by the Trussell Trust alone and that’s not including independent foodbanks like North Paddington. Today there are close to a thousand foodbanks operating in the UK. For further perspective, in 2010 there were just 22 foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust. That’s only 7 years ago. 

It’s fair to say that 10 years ago, foodbanks hardly existed. Consecutive governments have failed to get a grip on this issue and austerity policies have further created an alarming rise in people now living in poverty or struggling with food security.” Anthony Tombling Jr. (Director)