There are many people in Shropshire who are really struggling to cope with the basic essentials such as food. For this reason Food Banks have become a vital part of their lives, without them some people and families would simply have to go without food.
Many of the Methodist churches in Shropshire work alongside the Telford Crisis Support which is a sponsored network that provides food, emergency help with gas and electric and other basics necessary for basic day to day life.
Many of our churches are Food Bank Donation Points giving the local community a place to go where they can donate food to help others less fortunate than themselves.
The Food Banks are always happy for any donations received. For ideas of groceries which are always needed please click here.
In addition the Dawley Christian Centre Methodist Church runs an Advice Centre with people on hand to help individuals gain access to internet sites to find the answers to their problems.
They offer a friendly listening service and if necessary can offer food and help with their gas and electricity to get them through a tough patch. The Advice Centre is manned by volunteers from the Telford Methodist Circuit and the Central Telford Ecumenical Partnership (which includes members of the Church of England and the Baptist Church).
If you would like to donate food for the food bank there are donation points at the following churches:
Bridgnorth URC Methodist Church Cartway Contact Ruth Cole on 01746 76435
Dawley Christian Centre Contact Dawley Methodist Office on 01952 505108
Hadley Methodist Church Contact Sarah Rigby on 01952 276023
Ketley Methodist Church Contact Chris Clarke on 01952 244232
Much Wenlock Contact Brian Oakley on 01952 510546
Oakengates Methodist Church Contact Sylvia Bailey on 01952 299504
The Rock Methodist Church Contact Derek Sheldon on 01952 403846
Tibberton Contact George Fletcher on 01952 812819
Trinity Methodist Church , Shifnal Contact Kathy Insall on 01952 461758
Wellington Methodist Church Contact Richard Lockley on 250944
How to get support
Our volunteer staff help in all sorts of ways; such as welcoming, listening, offering kindness and help to those who are bemused, worried and simply uncertain about things that crucially affect their lives and no-one else seems to care about.
If you or someone you know is struggling and doesnt have enough food, then maybe we can help.
Dawley Christian Centre works alongside the Telford Crisis Support to help those in need. Please call 01952 459258 and someone will be there to help (Please note that you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to determine what help is needed).
You are very welcome to call into the Dawley Christian Centre for advice or to use one of our computers (free internet) or phone. You will receive a warm welcome and a listening ear.
What we do
We receive donations of food from various donors (churches and individuals). We receive requests for food parcels, assess peoples need, make up food parcels and hand them to these people. We receive food parcels from Telford Crisis Network, (labelled with the name of the client) and we hand these out to the clients who come to the Dawley Christian Centre.
We sometimes add a small amount of credit onto tokens (keys and cards) for gas and electricity but not for mobile phones. We dont hand out cash.
Our leader is normally available by phone to help make decisions on whether to provide a food parcel. When we recognise that people come back to us repeatedly or after a period of absence, we reassess them and update our records.
Listening and Signposting:
We offer a listening ear to those who come into the caf, including those who come for food parcels. Some just want a chat, some are sad or distressed, some are looking for help. We may help them to think through what their options are and where they might go to for advice or help. They might want to use the phone or one of the computers to do this and we can help them to get started.
We dont tell our clients what they should do. Even if we have faced similar problems, we recognise that their situation may be different and that they must live with the consequences of any decisions that they take.
Records we keep
We record basic details of a person requesting a food parcel on a form when we make an assessment of their needs. This includes name, address, phone number so that we can contact them for example, we may phone them when their food parcel is ready for them to collect. We also note what other organisations are helping them and where possible, we record when they expect to next receive any benefits that are due to them.
We ask the client to sign their agreement that we can hold this information and this allows us to keep track of when we last had a request from a person and what their needs were.
Organisations we link with
Telford Crisis Support: This organisation offers many services to people going through a crisis and may offer them a food parcel. They make up a parcel from their own stores and a delivery person brings the bags to Dawley Christian Centre, where we store it temporarily and hand it out when the client arrives. They may also email the Office at Dawley Christian Centre with the name of the client. TCS may limit the number of times that a person can receive a food parcel from them in order to encourage them to progress. We may contact TCS about food parcels they have sent (or should have sent) or about the client.
KIP/ Maninplace: These two organisations work together to help people who are effectively homeless to find temporary accommodation. We may refer people who are homeless (sleeping rough, sofa-surfing or facing eviction) to KIP or Maninplace who may be able to find them temporary accommodation. Maninplace may also refer people to us to receive food parcels (from our own stores).
Citizens Advice Bureau. CAB can offer free advice to people on a wide range of topics including benefits, housing, employment law, tenancy, debt management, relationships, alcohol and drug misuse. One of their people comes into Dawley Christian Centre once a week. We may refer people to CAB, helping them to arrange an interview using the phone. They may also refer people to us for a food parcel.
Wrekin Housing trust. WHT works with a number of landlords in the area to match up people who want to rent and the properties available. They operate the Choose Your Home Internet service. We may refer people looking for accommodation to them, help these people to register on CYH on one of the computers or help them to make phone call to resolve problems.