The Resource Centre is one of the projects supported by money raised from BCM’s Sponsored Sleepout. We asked our Support Worker, Steve, about the many different people who go there for help.
‘Those who come may have recently come out of jail and have no benefits set up as yet. Or recently moved off the street and into a hostel or flat. Job Centre sanctioning (stopping benefits for a period of time) remains an issue, as does the switch to universal credit which means people can go a month without money. We have a lot of single mothers and women escaping abusive relationships. Life on benefits is tough and the reality is there is often a choice to be made between bills or food.’
Pray for those who come to the Resource Centre, for the provision of their needs, financial and emotional stability and God’s presence in their lives.
A big, big thank you to all who donated food in response to our harvest appeal. All this food is now sorted and marked, thanks especially to DWP, RBS, Cadbury’s World, Victoria, Shirley Baptist Church and our own David & Grace.
Andy Morton, Resource Centre Assistant Manager, is over the moon that this stage has been reached in record time and comments: “The people we are in touch with and who receive food parcels every month (averaging nearly 170) are among the most needy in the city. We need to put the message out clearly: even all this food cramming the shelves will not see us through the year, so please keep the tins and packets coming in regularly. Thank you again.”
If you would like to donate food, here is a shopping list of items we need.
Please bring them to the Resource Centre at The Clock Tower, 2 Langdon Street, B9 4BP on Mondays to Thursdays, 10am – 4pm.