Being able to provide immediate help in the form of food starts a relationship that is an excellent base for continuing support as many people who visit foodbanks have underlying issues that are stopping them from moving on to a place of independence.

Much of what we do is far from rocket science. Most of it focuses around Breaking the Cycle of debt through a combination of signposting, hand-holding and advocacy but it does make a significant difference.

Many of the issues faced by people in our community can seem insurmountable, but having someone who knows where to go and is prepared to walk the journey with you is often the difference between solving an issue and moving on with your life, or the situation spiralling out of control.

Due to the huge increase in demand for the foodbank – in these last few weeks we’re seeing more people requiring food parcels and help with debt – we are planning a new project to provide a full-time, dedicated Community Support Advisor. We’re calling this the Springboard Initiative, as this new role will support households in our community move out of poverty, prevent homelessness & unmanageable debt, improve health & wellbeing and enable people to rebuild their lives and move on to a new beginning.

We are approaching regional government bodies, other charities and funding bodies for financial contributions, but we also asking the local community to consider how they could contribute to help make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable living amongst us. To that end we are looking for businesses, organisations and individuals to sponsor this project and become a Springboard Project Partner.

If you are interested in becoming a Springboard Project Partner or would like more information, please contact Lee Bridger at [email protected].

Alternatively, if you simply wish to make a donation to the project, you can do so at our Donate button at the top of this page.

Thank you for your support!

This initiative is a partnership project between Crediton Foodbank and CHAT