South Tyneside food charity hosts open day

Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside foodbank open day. Volunteers from left Catherine Horsted, Gleniss Rodger and Sylvia Sinclair
Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside foodbank open day. Volunteers from left Catherine Horsted, Gleniss Rodger and Sylvia Sinclair

A charity which helps South Tyneside’s most vulnerable residents threw open its doors to show off the services it has on offer.

Hospitality and Hope hosted an open day at its base in Hampden Street, South Shields.

Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside foodbank open day.
From left Ian Drummond and food bank Joe Winder

Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside foodbank open day. From left Ian Drummond and food bank Joe Winder

The charity provides a food bank service as well as a soup kitchen and clothing bank for people in South Tyneside residents who may need a helping hand during difficult financial times.

Throughout the event, people were able to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes, what help is available and information on how to access it.

Volunteer co-ordinator Maureen Gribben said: “This is the second open day we’ve held and it was brilliant.

“We had a great turn out and we managed to make some great new connections which will help us to spread the message of the kind of help we can offer people further.

The aim of the open day was to raise awareness of what we do and I think we have achieved that.

Maureen Gribben

“The whole aim of the open day was to raise awareness of what we do and to let people know we are here.

“I think we have achieved that with the number of new faces who came down to see us and to find out more about us.

“We were also able to give information to people on how they can claim food vouchers.”

The South Tyneside Food Bank is run by volunteers and relies on donations from the public to provide emergency food to people in crisis.

Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside foodbank open day.
From left food bank  Joe Winder and Amelia Luffrum BEM Founder and Project Co-ordinator

Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside foodbank open day. From left food bank Joe Winder and Amelia Luffrum BEM Founder and Project Co-ordinator

The food bank works on a referral system with health professionals, social workers and other charities identifying those most in need and issuing them with a food bank voucher.

It’s soup kitchen provides people who are homeless and needy the chance to receive a hot meal and a sandwich to take away.

It is estimated around 100 people each week access the service.

For information on Hospitality and Hope, it’s volunteering roles and ways you can help and donate, email info@hospitalityandhope.co.uk or visit its operations centre in Hampden Street, South Shields.