Wirral Foodbank Plus project work together to tackle food poverty in Wirral
Citizens Advice Wirral is working in partnership with Wirral Foodbank to deliver the Foodbank Plus project. The project helps individuals with the issues they have, that lead them to need an emergency food parcel.
The Foodbank Plus project helps clients resolve their practical issues and maximise their income, reduce their debts, solve housing and other issues.
Nicola Connor, the dedicated Foodbank Plus Caseworker, works with 15 foodbank distribution centres across Wirral. Nicola provides advice and training volunteers to support Foodbank clients to access information.
Richard Roberts, Foodbank Manager says, ‘We have worked closely with Citizens Advice Wirral over the past 3 years, and are seeing more and more people who need support to resolve their issues. This project means we can do more to stop people suffering as a result of food poverty.’
Carol Johnson-Eyre, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Wirral added, ‘We are delighted to be working closely with Wirral Foodbank to deliver this essential advice service. It’s really important that clients who have gone to a Foodbank to receive an emergency food parcel, sort out their issues especially in relation to having enough money to buy food. Our Caseworker works with the Foodbank volunteers at the foodbank to upskill them, and give them greater confidence to provide information to access information and advice that will help clients resolve their issues. We can help Foodbank clients to maximise their income, reduce or manage their debts.
Frank Field, MP said, ‘Foodbank Plus has been a vital part of the barricade that was built three years ago by Feeding Birkenhead to protect vulnerable residents from destitution. Many hundreds of people have, as a result of this service, received on-the-spot help to resolve their immediate financial problems during a first visit to the Foodbank. This fresh commitment from Citizens Advice and the Foodbank will strengthen that barricade and, in so doing, ensure many fewer people are exposed to prolonged periods of hardship.’
Citizens Advice Wirral also works in partnership with Wirral Foodbank to identify and address any systematic issues such as in relation to benefits and provide evidence of that those issues lead to food poverty, to try and improve systems.
Wirral Foodbank secured funding for the project from individual donors and grants from Charitable Foundations.
For more information about Wirral Foodbank go to www.wirral.foodbank.org.uk