LOCAL charity Support Redditch is aiming to provide support to some of the most vulnerable families in Redditch.
It comes as the school holidays start when what normally marks excitement and adventure for most children can mean six weeks of hunger and gloom for others.
Emma Marshall, speaking for Support Redditch – formerly Support Redditch Emergency Network – said: “During the pandemic we worked with multiple organisations and more than 130 volunteers across Redditch to get aid and relief out to all those who needed it across Redditch.
“The demand for this service has eased in line with changes to the lockdown, but there’s another emergency on the horizon.”
Whilst the government continues its voucher scheme to those in receipt of free school meals, the charity has partnered with the Disability Support Project, Redditch Borough Council and supermarket Morrisons to support 30 of the most vulnerable families in Redditch through the summer holidays with an additional food parcel packed with essentials for children and young people.
Support comes from the Borough Council’s Benefit Service providing advice to residents who may need it.
Alex Powell of Redditch’s Disability Support Project said: “For some of the most vulnerable families the voucher scheme will still not be enough, so we’re keen to make sure there’s additional support where needed.
“The DSP, thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, stepped up alongside others in the community sector during the pandemic and we’re ready to do so again.”
Bev Allington, Community Champion at Morrisons said: “Morrisons in Redditch is delighted to help its local community, which is part of our role. With the economic impact from Covid-19 starting to develop we knew it was important to support those in the most need.”
Councillor Mike Rouse who is a trustee of Support Redditch and deputy leader of Redditch Borough Council added: “The revised model of working means the borough council will identify the families in the most need.
“No public money is being used to operate this service. It is only possible to provide this intervention thanks to Morrisons, the Disability Support Project, generous donors, and in coordination with Redditch Borough Council. We will once again work across the community to get this job done on a completely non-partisan basis as before.”
Families in need of support who might benefit from an additional food parcel are encouraged to contact Redditch Borough Council at redditchbc.gov.uk or by calling 01527 64252 and asking for the Hardship Fund team.
Businesses or individuals wishing to donate to Support Redditch are encouraged to visit www.supportredditch.net/donate