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Food bank Newsletter September

Sparkhill foodbank and its satellites continue to be busy supporting local people in crisis, with a steady ow of parcels being distributed each week from numerous venues including from our satellites in Balsall Heath and Yardley Wood, as well as emergency parcels from Highgate Fire Station and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. We have also been busy developing new initiatives to run alongside our project over the past few months, increasing the range of support to local people in crisis.

Our clothing bank is now up and running and we are due to open in the autumn a third satellite distribution point in Hall Green to increase our presence and availability to local people. We also have started running a series of free 6-week courses on planning and cooking healthy meals.

We are sadly saying goodbye to our wonderful Apprentice, Nafeesa and our foodbank Support Worker, Chione, is going on maternity leave but will return next year.

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Sparkhill’s Queen’s Award winning charity is given £450,000 to combat poverty

Sparkhill’s Queen’s Award winning charity is given £450,000 to combat poverty

Birmingham charity Narthex Sparkhill has been awarded nearly £450,000 by the National Lottery to continue running a Foodbank and help local people in crisis.

Since 2011 the Charity has been operating Sparkhill Foodbank from premises on Bard Street. This grant will allow it to move to larger premises and extend its services supporting local people in crisis.

Earlier this summer the contribution of the Charity’s 100+ volunteers was recognised when it was given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The official presentation of the Queen’s Award by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Simon Topman MBE will also be taking place in Sparkhill today.

On the announcement of the Queen’s Award Mr Topman said “They are changing the culture in Sparkhill and creating a community spirit to confound those who thought that such values were lost”

Mr Topman went on to say

“Narthex has a quite exceptional group of volunteers, admirably led and all working towards a vision that goes way beyond the provision of sanctuary, food and clothes. They are highly innovative, as demonstrated by their satellite food and clothes banks at the QE Hospital and in Fire Stations (it speaks volumes that so many want to copy this initiative). They are changing the culture in Sparkhill and creating a community spirit to confound those who thought that such values were lost. After many years of assessing Queen’s Awards for voluntary service, I have never found an organisation who deserve it more or whose very existence ushers in profound change for the better in an area that so badly needs it”.

At the presentation the Charity will also be announcing that the Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst, the Bishop of Aston is to become the Charity’s new Patron.

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