Police forensics van gets new lease of life with Somer Valley Foodbank
A van that was previously used by Avon and Somerset Police for forensic work and criminal investigations has found a new purpose collecting donations for a food bank.
Somer Valley Foodbank was launched in the New Year to provide food to people struggling to make ends meet Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Peasedown St John and the surrounding area.
Surplus to requirements, the van was handed over to the Wheels Project where several young women carried out repair and maintenance work to give the vehicle a new lease of life.
The Bristol-based project works with young people aged 8-25 years old who've experienced social or educational deprivation.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Project workers enable them to take vocational motor vehicle training, learn new skills, build their confidence, prepare for employment and better understand road safety.
Now fully serviced with an MOT the young people have handed over the van to the food bank. Joy Fraser, who help set up the community welfare project which is led by several local churches and supported by more than 100 volunteers, said: "We've been in search of a van for some time that will help us transport food and goods from each of our distribution centres.
"Since we launched the project in January almost 50 people have come to us asking for food. The new van will mean we can help even more people who are facing hardship in our area."
Food banks provide three days of emergency food to people who need it the most. Professionals such as health visitors, social workers, the CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a voucher.
The voucher can be taken to a distribution centre where the food has been collected through donations, or from volunteer supermarket collections.
Joy added: "Over the last 13 years, almost 300 Foodbanks have been established around the county to provide food in times of crisis, many of them over the last 18 months in response to the growing need.
"With our new Somer Valley Foodbank, the professional agencies have been issuing vouchers to those they find in crises and directing them to the food distribution centres in Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Peasedown St John."
For more details contact The Ammerdown Centre who receive enquiries for Somer Valley Foodbank: 01761 433709 or visit the new Somer Valley Foodbank website www.somervalley.foodbank.org.uk.