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Satellite foodbanks reach more in need

Swindon Advertiser: David Hartridge, from Swindon Foodbank David Hartridge, from Swindon Foodbank

FOOD for those struggling to make ends meet will be taken to them rather than them being forced to travel, as Swindon Foodbank continues to open satellite centres.

After expanding its operation into West Swindon with a distribution point in Freshbrook, the volunteer-run charity is now bringing its generosity to Wroughton with a new satellite centre at the Church Hall on Priors Hill.

David Hartridge, project manager for Swindon Foodbank, said: “In the back of our minds during the recent busy period we have been thinking about reaching out to more people, because we want to be seen on their doorsteps if they need us.

“It is about making contacts in the local community rather than expecting them to come to us in the town centre.

“We are part of a network that extends nationally, but we have to make sure it is available on people’s doorsteps.

“The point at Wroughton will be open from 2pm to 4pm every Wednesday afternoon to give people in the area the opportunity to come see us.”

Andrew Hill, of the foodbank, said: “We hope to open up more satellite distribution centres over the next 12 months. If you look at the council data we happen to be in the areas with most service need, but if you take places like Toothill and Shaw they tend to be the next greatest area of need.”

While the current distribution points require an employee on hand at all times, the new satellite centres will be run entirely by the 50 to 60 regular volunteers.

“When we reach out to communities we need to be there for people in crisis,” said Andrew.

“We need to get into more peripheral villages and towns like Wroughton and Highworth.”

The news comes as the foodbank expects demand to rise this year with further benefits changes and sanctions.

David said: “From the beginning of April last year to the beginning of March, we have fed more than 6,000 people, which is 16 per cent up year on year. Other foodbanks have had stronger growth but they have not been going for nearly as long as us.

“The fact we are continuing to feed more people indicates quite clearly there is still a need.”

“About 31 per cent of all the vouchers are as a result of benefit delays, and a further 17 per cent from benefit changes, “That means nearly half of all vouchers are given out as a result of something going differently in the world of benefits.

“There are likely to be further cuts in benefits over the next 12 to 15 months and there will be an increase in people who are unable to pay essential bills or buy food.

“That is not opinion, that is the result of conversations with Swindon Council and Citizens Advice.

“We will continue to meet the demand that the clients put on us as long as the people of Swindon are able to provide us with the food.”

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5:07pm Mon 5 May 14

faatmaan says...

The light may be shining at the end of the tunnel for the priveledged few, but the fact we still highlight the work and expansion of food banks shows a darker side of life, we are so aware of on going job losses in Swindon, I think this food bank deserves much praise for its endeavours and the fact it can attract so many volunteers speaks volumes, well done.
The light may be shining at the end of the tunnel for the priveledged few, but the fact we still highlight the work and expansion of food banks shows a darker side of life, we are so aware of on going job losses in Swindon, I think this food bank deserves much praise for its endeavours and the fact it can attract so many volunteers speaks volumes, well done. faatmaan
  • Score: -2

7:57am Tue 6 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Foodbanks are vital and will soon become even more so.
If the zero hours contract proposals go through thousands of people will be reliant on these places.
They continue to receive no support from the council.
Foodbanks are vital and will soon become even more so. If the zero hours contract proposals go through thousands of people will be reliant on these places. They continue to receive no support from the council. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -3

11:25am Tue 6 May 14

house on the hill says...

Still never understood how we can have a rise in foodbanks at the same time as a massive rise in obesity, that doesnt add up. For me after 25 years of debt recovery and counselling work it tends to be more about budgeting than lack of money, too many don't understand the real difference between an essential and a luxury or plan ahead. (awaits all the negative thumbs from the do gooders!).

As I have said time and again, I have no issue helping those who need help but far too many have self inflicted problems they expect others to solve for them which we continue to do.
Still never understood how we can have a rise in foodbanks at the same time as a massive rise in obesity, that doesnt add up. For me after 25 years of debt recovery and counselling work it tends to be more about budgeting than lack of money, too many don't understand the real difference between an essential and a luxury or plan ahead. (awaits all the negative thumbs from the do gooders!). As I have said time and again, I have no issue helping those who need help but far too many have self inflicted problems they expect others to solve for them which we continue to do. house on the hill
  • Score: 7

1:48pm Tue 6 May 14

ChannelX says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
Foodbanks are vital and will soon become even more so.
If the zero hours contract proposals go through thousands of people will be reliant on these places.
They continue to receive no support from the council.
That's because the government/State already hands out housing benefit and free cash (which is SUPPOSED to be spent on food) to those who are eligible for it, ie, just about everyone and anyone.

Of course the demand for Food Banks is growing, and will continue to grow. If you give away anything that people want - for free (and especially if you drive it round to them so they don't have to even get off their **** for it) - you can rest assured you'll encounter a never ending, steadily growing demand for your 'services'.

By the way, did you know that the directors of the Food Bank organisation pay themselves £60,000 per year and that everyone who works there gets paid the Living Wage at the very minimum?

No wonder they're keen to stress how 'vital' their service is...
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: Foodbanks are vital and will soon become even more so. If the zero hours contract proposals go through thousands of people will be reliant on these places. They continue to receive no support from the council.[/p][/quote]That's because the government/State already hands out housing benefit and free cash (which is SUPPOSED to be spent on food) to those who are eligible for it, ie, just about everyone and anyone. Of course the demand for Food Banks is growing, and will continue to grow. If you give away anything that people want - for free (and especially if you drive it round to them so they don't have to even get off their **** for it) - you can rest assured you'll encounter a never ending, steadily growing demand for your 'services'. By the way, did you know that the directors of the Food Bank organisation pay themselves £60,000 per year and that everyone who works there gets paid the Living Wage at the very minimum? No wonder they're keen to stress how 'vital' their service is... ChannelX
  • Score: 8

2:05pm Tue 6 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Yes ChanX we have heard many, many times that you are ok and have a lovely standard of life.
New proposals to force people to take a zero hour contract will at best earn them £158 per week which will be taxed in the primary bracket. They have said that benefits system will kick in automatically when a minimum hours target is not reached.
However one of the main reasons people use foodbanks is that the system fails and needs to be propped up by charities (there are hundreds of examples of this) if the system worked your argument would be valid but it doesnt so you dont.
Housing benefit £430 per month total other than bedsits etc where can you live on that? JSA £55 per week for travel, phone, bills,food clothes etc...
There is another story offering help for troubled families but there is allot of animosity to the idea of help as well.
So will all of this in mind other than your usual hate everything that isnt your opinion ChanX please suggest your solution to this?
On a side note are you suggesting parity in pay levels, this is most unlike you?
(Now negative thumbs as if your opinion matters at all on an annon comments page).
Yes ChanX we have heard many, many times that you are ok and have a lovely standard of life. New proposals to force people to take a zero hour contract will at best earn them £158 per week which will be taxed in the primary bracket. They have said that benefits system will kick in automatically when a minimum hours target is not reached. However one of the main reasons people use foodbanks is that the system fails and needs to be propped up by charities (there are hundreds of examples of this) if the system worked your argument would be valid but it doesnt so you dont. Housing benefit £430 per month total other than bedsits etc where can you live on that? JSA £55 per week for travel, phone, bills,food clothes etc... There is another story offering help for troubled families but there is allot of animosity to the idea of help as well. So will all of this in mind other than your usual hate everything that isnt your opinion ChanX please suggest your solution to this? On a side note are you suggesting parity in pay levels, this is most unlike you? (Now negative thumbs as if your opinion matters at all on an annon comments page). Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -4

2:31pm Tue 6 May 14

ChannelX says...

For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home.

Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in.

You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia.

I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it.

By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you.

Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for.
For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home. Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in. You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia. I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it. By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you. Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for. ChannelX
  • Score: 5

3:15pm Tue 6 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

ChannelX wrote:
For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home.

Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in.

You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia.

I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it.

By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you.

Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for.
Bless you are a funny little man...
If its written on the internet it must be true.

Once again you fail to answer any question put to you.

I`m not sure why you think your opinion of anything bothers me but you keep me entertained.

One last time. Your solution to the issues (the issues in the article not your made up distraction ones) would be what???

I have my own business so pay for all my own medication thank you very much, part of my taxes pays for your comfortable old folks home and your matron to tuck you in.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home. Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in. You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia. I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it. By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you. Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for.[/p][/quote]Bless you are a funny little man... If its written on the internet it must be true. Once again you fail to answer any question put to you. I`m not sure why you think your opinion of anything bothers me but you keep me entertained. One last time. Your solution to the issues (the issues in the article not your made up distraction ones) would be what??? I have my own business so pay for all my own medication thank you very much, part of my taxes pays for your comfortable old folks home and your matron to tuck you in. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -3

7:24pm Tue 6 May 14

ChannelX says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home.

Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in.

You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia.

I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it.

By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you.

Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for.
Bless you are a funny little man...
If its written on the internet it must be true.

Once again you fail to answer any question put to you.

I`m not sure why you think your opinion of anything bothers me but you keep me entertained.

One last time. Your solution to the issues (the issues in the article not your made up distraction ones) would be what???

I have my own business so pay for all my own medication thank you very much, part of my taxes pays for your comfortable old folks home and your matron to tuck you in.
The 'solution to the issues' is more complex than a couple of paragraph reply to a person who wouldn't understand it in any case.

Suffice to say, Food Banks will be around forever now that people have found a way to make a good living out of them.

You give away free food - you'll always have a never-ending demand for your service. Who wouldn't want free food so that they can devote the money they would have spent on essentials on 'other' things?

Your problem is that you seem to think people 'need' the food from Food Banks in order to eat and stay alive. Still, you do have a rather deluded view about most things, so it's not surprising.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home. Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in. You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia. I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it. By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you. Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for.[/p][/quote]Bless you are a funny little man... If its written on the internet it must be true. Once again you fail to answer any question put to you. I`m not sure why you think your opinion of anything bothers me but you keep me entertained. One last time. Your solution to the issues (the issues in the article not your made up distraction ones) would be what??? I have my own business so pay for all my own medication thank you very much, part of my taxes pays for your comfortable old folks home and your matron to tuck you in.[/p][/quote]The 'solution to the issues' is more complex than a couple of paragraph reply to a person who wouldn't understand it in any case. Suffice to say, Food Banks will be around forever now that people have found a way to make a good living out of them. You give away free food - you'll always have a never-ending demand for your service. Who wouldn't want free food so that they can devote the money they would have spent on essentials on 'other' things? Your problem is that you seem to think people 'need' the food from Food Banks in order to eat and stay alive. Still, you do have a rather deluded view about most things, so it's not surprising. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

8:57am Wed 7 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

ChannelX wrote:
Badgersgetabadname wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home.

Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in.

You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia.

I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it.

By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you.

Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for.
Bless you are a funny little man...
If its written on the internet it must be true.

Once again you fail to answer any question put to you.

I`m not sure why you think your opinion of anything bothers me but you keep me entertained.

One last time. Your solution to the issues (the issues in the article not your made up distraction ones) would be what???

I have my own business so pay for all my own medication thank you very much, part of my taxes pays for your comfortable old folks home and your matron to tuck you in.
The 'solution to the issues' is more complex than a couple of paragraph reply to a person who wouldn't understand it in any case.

Suffice to say, Food Banks will be around forever now that people have found a way to make a good living out of them.

You give away free food - you'll always have a never-ending demand for your service. Who wouldn't want free food so that they can devote the money they would have spent on essentials on 'other' things?

Your problem is that you seem to think people 'need' the food from Food Banks in order to eat and stay alive. Still, you do have a rather deluded view about most things, so it's not surprising.
But you do seem very capable of making massive sweeping statements about thousands of people in a couple of paragraphs.
Again you seem so happy to let the issues skip by to continue your own point or make vague statements then refuse to support your comments you either lack conviction or courage most likely both.

You go into 3/4 paragraphs about problem families and those you see as a drain on society but you are unable to make any effort to seek a solution. Your usual delusions of adequacy at play here I think.

Yes food banks will be here to stay which in 2014 is a disgrace one of the main reasons for this as in a previous comment (please try to keep up) will be that people who will be forced in zero hours contracts will earn on average £150 per week which will prevent other benefits being claimed. If you could give people the benefit of your knowledge and tell us where you can live on £600 before tax.

You say you know "people" how have a better standard of life than many working people I would suggest this is a lie how could you have the views you do and regularly associate with people who claim benefits of any nature.
BTW I love that you have a go at my mental health really shows class and an ability to hold a topic (is it your age? do you forget the point?) you attempt to divert the conversation so you dont have to support your "views".

On the topic of helping troubled families you have said they are "all problem families for a reason" I reasoned that many of these are single parent families and a large part are or were in the services yet you continue to say they are undeserving of our (as societies help). Your comments always have a selfishness to them no matter which one of your accounts you use to either score yourself or make more idiotic comments.

Is it easier if I just go back to calling you a moron rather than time and time again needing to walk you through your own comments?
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: For a start, JSA is actually £72.40 a week for those over 25. Many people at that age, and even more under-25, still live at home. Housing benefit is very generous on top of that, it allows several people I know to live in much nicer houses and in nicer areas than many people who work could ever hope to live in. You are very much the one who 'hates' things. I've seen your odd direct questions to people over the Internet, which you presumably actually think they might respond to, and you're not the most pleasant of individuals. Stop frothing at the mouth just because not everyone believes in your deluded left-wing utopia. I've got no idea what your 'parity in pay levels' comment was about but, then, that's what you seem to do... dream something up in your own mind and then question others as if they've supposedly said it. By the way, seeing as you're so interested in something you claim not to be interested in - you get negative votes when you say things most people don't agree with. Hope that's clear enough for you. Keep taking the tablets that we all help pay for.[/p][/quote]Bless you are a funny little man... If its written on the internet it must be true. Once again you fail to answer any question put to you. I`m not sure why you think your opinion of anything bothers me but you keep me entertained. One last time. Your solution to the issues (the issues in the article not your made up distraction ones) would be what??? I have my own business so pay for all my own medication thank you very much, part of my taxes pays for your comfortable old folks home and your matron to tuck you in.[/p][/quote]The 'solution to the issues' is more complex than a couple of paragraph reply to a person who wouldn't understand it in any case. Suffice to say, Food Banks will be around forever now that people have found a way to make a good living out of them. You give away free food - you'll always have a never-ending demand for your service. Who wouldn't want free food so that they can devote the money they would have spent on essentials on 'other' things? Your problem is that you seem to think people 'need' the food from Food Banks in order to eat and stay alive. Still, you do have a rather deluded view about most things, so it's not surprising.[/p][/quote]But you do seem very capable of making massive sweeping statements about thousands of people in a couple of paragraphs. Again you seem so happy to let the issues skip by to continue your own point or make vague statements then refuse to support your comments you either lack conviction or courage most likely both. You go into 3/4 paragraphs about problem families and those you see as a drain on society but you are unable to make any effort to seek a solution. Your usual delusions of adequacy at play here I think. Yes food banks will be here to stay which in 2014 is a disgrace one of the main reasons for this as in a previous comment (please try to keep up) will be that people who will be forced in zero hours contracts will earn on average £150 per week which will prevent other benefits being claimed. If you could give people the benefit of your knowledge and tell us where you can live on £600 before tax. You say you know "people" how have a better standard of life than many working people I would suggest this is a lie how could you have the views you do and regularly associate with people who claim benefits of any nature. BTW I love that you have a go at my mental health really shows class and an ability to hold a topic (is it your age? do you forget the point?) you attempt to divert the conversation so you dont have to support your "views". On the topic of helping troubled families you have said they are "all problem families for a reason" I reasoned that many of these are single parent families and a large part are or were in the services yet you continue to say they are undeserving of our (as societies help). Your comments always have a selfishness to them no matter which one of your accounts you use to either score yourself or make more idiotic comments. Is it easier if I just go back to calling you a moron rather than time and time again needing to walk you through your own comments? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -2

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