Shildon food bank project gets £196,189 boost

The Advertiser Series: Rev David Tomlinson celebrates as St John’s Church, Shildon, receives £196,189 from the Big Lottery Fund. Rev David Tomlinson celebrates as St John’s Church, Shildon, receives £196,189 from the Big Lottery Fund.

A PROJECT to create two gardens to grow items for a soon-to-be-launched food bank in Shildon has received a £196,189 boost.

The Shildon Alive project based at St John’s Church has been awarded the cash from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for a community worker to take the scheme forward.

The church will provide two pieces of land, one an existing garden and the other an unused and neglected community garden.

Members of the project will use one of the areas to grow their own food.

The Shildon Alive team also plans to take over an unused town centre shop to act as a community hub and food bank.

To help stock the food bank the green fingered team will create an allotment on the second plot.

It is hoped those with physical or metal health issues or those affected by long term unemployment or food poverty will join the project.

Reverend David Tomlinson, vicar at St John’s, said: “Shildon Alive is about breathing life into a struggling community in a number of related ways.

“These gardens will offer a lively community experience and they will be a vehicle for positive community development and enrichment through the events and activities.

“The gardens will be linked to a food aid project.

“Surplus food will go through the aid project and those coming for aid will have the opportunity to get involved in the project.

“The bulk of the grant will pay for a full-time community development worker and the costs of the town centre contact point, a redundant shop unit in prime position.”

There are also plans to hold community barbecues and coffee mornings. The Shildon Alive team are also discussing other ideas such as a community bank and furniture aid.

Alison Rowe, of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We are pleased to make a grant to St John’s Church to help local residents grow their own food and support a food bank to help struggling families who have hit hard times.”

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9:26pm Mon 13 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

Fantastic idea & use of resources excellent way to build community spirit
Fantastic idea & use of resources excellent way to build community spirit CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 1

9:30pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Encouraging fidelity and no children before marriage might also be a useful message from the pulpit.
Encouraging fidelity and no children before marriage might also be a useful message from the pulpit. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -2

7:41am Tue 14 Jan 14

John Justice says...

This is a superb idea but I hope that other basic skills are incorporated into this project. By this I mean basic cooking skills, money management and how to shop cheaply in supermarkets. It is significant that in many areas blighted by poverty, poor job chances and lower living standards there seems to be a rise in fast food shops. Simply walk along Church Street and count the number of "Take Aways". I wish the project well.
This is a superb idea but I hope that other basic skills are incorporated into this project. By this I mean basic cooking skills, money management and how to shop cheaply in supermarkets. It is significant that in many areas blighted by poverty, poor job chances and lower living standards there seems to be a rise in fast food shops. Simply walk along Church Street and count the number of "Take Aways". I wish the project well. John Justice
  • Score: 3

8:57am Tue 14 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

John Justice wrote:
This is a superb idea but I hope that other basic skills are incorporated into this project. By this I mean basic cooking skills, money management and how to shop cheaply in supermarkets. It is significant that in many areas blighted by poverty, poor job chances and lower living standards there seems to be a rise in fast food shops. Simply walk along Church Street and count the number of "Take Aways". I wish the project well.
Agreed john far too many take aways these days and they do seem cheap but it is a false economy a chicken can last 3 meals if one is thrifty with it roast, salad and lastly the carcass with a few veggies thrown in makes an excellent soup perfect for kiddies coming home to in this bitter cold. As is bacon broth which can be stored & heated up when required so fast aswell. Nutritious substantial meals at a fraction of the cost of a takeaway.
[quote][p][bold]John Justice[/bold] wrote: This is a superb idea but I hope that other basic skills are incorporated into this project. By this I mean basic cooking skills, money management and how to shop cheaply in supermarkets. It is significant that in many areas blighted by poverty, poor job chances and lower living standards there seems to be a rise in fast food shops. Simply walk along Church Street and count the number of "Take Aways". I wish the project well.[/p][/quote]Agreed john far too many take aways these days and they do seem cheap but it is a false economy a chicken can last 3 meals if one is thrifty with it roast, salad and lastly the carcass with a few veggies thrown in makes an excellent soup perfect for kiddies coming home to in this bitter cold. As is bacon broth which can be stored & heated up when required so fast aswell. Nutritious substantial meals at a fraction of the cost of a takeaway. CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 4

9:34am Tue 14 Jan 14

Auldgadgey says...

How the generation that fought for liberty and then gained the social contract afterwards would weep that their grandchildren should have to go cap in hand "on the parish" when times are hard.
This government has brought us nothing but fear, hatred and envy.
Fear (unfounded) of immigrants.
Hatred of those on benefits ( even though the majority are working or are pensioners)
Envy of anyone with a decent job and pension (especially public servants)
How the generation that fought for liberty and then gained the social contract afterwards would weep that their grandchildren should have to go cap in hand "on the parish" when times are hard. This government has brought us nothing but fear, hatred and envy. Fear (unfounded) of immigrants. Hatred of those on benefits ( even though the majority are working or are pensioners) Envy of anyone with a decent job and pension (especially public servants) Auldgadgey
  • Score: 1

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