Caring colleagues donate festive treats to Colchester Food Bank Christmas Appeal

December 27, 2019

This year, colleagues at Caring Homes Group’s three support offices were delighted to support the Colchester Food Bank Christmas Appeal, which aims to provide local individuals and families in need with an additional Christmas parcel made up of festive treats and goodies.

Caring Homes Group who employ over 5,500 colleagues nationally are based in Essex and are an award- winning provider of residential, nursing and dementia care for older people and accommodation and support for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs. Supporting over 180 homes and services are around 150 colleagues working across three offices located on the Colchester Business Park.

When Anne Barney, a representative from the Colchester Food Bank arrived at Bradbury House on Colchester Business Park to receive the donations, she was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of items – in total, collecting over two (full to bursting) car loads of foodstuffs donated by our generous colleagues, who were keen to make a difference by supporting their local community this Christmas.

Anne explained to colleagues that the Colchester Food Bank supports individuals and families in need, and who are in receipt of an appropriate voucher. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Food Bank, but visits cannot exceed 5 in any 6-month period with each parcel lasting between 2 to 3 days.

Our Learning and Organisational Development team hard at work packing up
donated foodstuffs for collection

With approximately 700-750 adults and children needing some form of support each month, Christmas can be an especially difficult time for many, so donations to the Food Bank Christmas appeal allows them to provide people with an additional parcel that is made up of festive treats and goodies, such as selection boxes, tubs of crisps, sweets and Christmas Puddings, pickles and sauces that many of us take for granted. 

Kim Pryke and Janet Burrows, part of our Learning and Organisational Development team whose idea it was to respond to the Christmas appeal, went along to the Food Bank to support with the packing of these parcels, and along with four other volunteers created over 100 in one hour!

Janet said, “As a team, we decided to donate to the Food Bank instead of sending each other Christmas cards and gifts this year and then thought why not open it out to the rest of our colleagues in the support teams. We were really overwhelmed with their response. It’s lovely to know we work with people who really care about those who are less fortunate than we are.”

Two full to bursting car loads were donated by colleagues

“As an organisation, one of our core values is to connect with our local communities and so we have been delighted to support such a wonderful initiative this Christmas that makes such a difference to people in our community,” added Janet.

The Colchester Food Bank support people in need all year round, so any donations or support you are able to provide is always gratefully received. If you would like to learn more or get involved get in touch with Anne via annebarney@colchesterfoodbank.org.uk or email info@colchester.foodbank.org.uk