Residents at our supported accommodation for men experiencing homelessness, The Fells, in County Durham have been volunteering as part of a project, to support the local community during the pandemic.

The Food for Thought project was set up in March last year, by local Councillor Heather Liddle – who invited local organisations to form a consortium to provide hot meals, care packages, befriending and shopping for people in need across Sacriston.

Since September the residents have volunteered every week, cooking a two-course hot meal delivered to local people that are either shielding or struggling financially.

Like many people, the pandemic effects have had a massive impact on residents at the Fells. Still, they wanted to give back to the local community through volunteering and help others during these difficult times.

Since it began in March, the project has since helped feed hundreds of local vulnerable people. The food prepared by The Fells has been well received and described as excellent and very tasty by recipients.

Alan Hodgson, Service Manager at The Fells, said:

“I’m so proud to see how keen our residents have been to get involved in the project. They were so eager to get started, we had ten residents complete a one-day Food Safety Level 2 training course so they could volunteer, and a further ten have signed up to complete the course and volunteer. A few individuals have enjoyed it so much they are looking to complete a further catering qualification which is fantastic to see.”

For more information about The Fells and Changing Lives Housing Homelessness services, please see here.

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