To spur on our team for donations, our carnivore colleague #joannerobinson gave up meat and went vegetarian for the month in exchange for staff giving generously. It was a slog, with meaty temptations everywhere but with determination and will power she did it!…… Then had a meat feast to celebrate!….. 😊
To celebrate her success the team have brought in an array of groceries and household items to be donated to a local food bank collection at St Leonards Youth & Community Centre in Bootle. Pictured below is the fantastic selection of items collected.
Here at Sefton@Work we regularly collect for good causes locally and we pride ourselves at ‘putting people at the heart of what we do’ and through our ESF Ways to Work programme support workless residents to access learning & employment opportunities. Sadly, many of the residents and their families present to us with multiple barriers and complex needs that we help address before even looking at employment. Unfortunately, more often that none, this includes individuals and their families experiencing and living in food poverty, worrying about where their next meal will come from or how to feed their children; relying on the support of food banks to get by. Usually this means they also have benefit, debt and money worries to name only a few, all of which has a negative impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing and makes it all the harder to progress towards a positive outcome, like getting a job and having some stability in their lives.
Thankfully by working in partnership and as ‘One Council’ with other departments across the borough we are making excellent progress in our efforts to help families make positive changes in their lives and hope by building on and expanding these partnerships we can reach out and make a difference to those who most need it.