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North Belfast Foodbank

  • Income

    £28.7K

  • Spending

    £9.1K

Charity no. 100175 Date registered. 16/05/2014

Public benefits

Purpose: The North Belfast Foodbank is established to relieve poverty and hunger, promote social inclusion, protect and preserve public health and well-being and to promote the benefit of the inhabitants who are in need of assistance as a result of their poverty or social and economic circumstances by partnering with professional agencies such as

social services, advice centres, housing organisations and community groups in a common effort to relieve poverty and financial hardship to improve the conditions of life for the beneficiaries. Benefit: Clients will be relieved of the burden of expense of feeding families in times of crisis such as financial difficulty, sickness, homelessness, domestic abuse or an unexpected difficulty. Measureable: Statistics of clients are entered into a central database to produce numbers and causes to be used in measuring response and need. Partner agencies are also encouraged to provide the Foodbank with feedback responses from clients as to the benefit the Foodbank has provided to them. Harm: North Belfast Foodbank does not see any harm flowing from our purposes. Food is only given to each client up to a maximum of three occasions therefore dependency should not be created. Public Element: The Foodbank is set up for the benefit of the public who find themselves in difficulty in North Belfast and Newtownabbey areas – although not exclusively. The need for food is a result of hardships identified by professional agencies. The Foodbank, in working with professional agencies, benefits from the network inclusion and recognition of added value in the area. The Foodbank operates with trained volunteers from across the community sector of North Belfast. Private Benefit: Through working within the Foodbank the Trustees have achieved training in governance, liaising with media and other transferable skills. However, these benefits are incidental and necessary to achieve the purposes of the Foodbank.

What your organisation does

On referral from statutory agencies the Foodbank provides three days worth of food - amount depending on the size of household. The food provides three meals for three days and this can be repeated up to three times within six months. The foodbank will also sign post clients to other statutory agencies who can look further into their personal,

mainly financial, circumstances in order to help alleviate the underlying problem. The Foodbank promotes the use of volunteers who are trained to work with the clients who present themselves at the Foodbank and create a welcoming environment.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Ethnic minorities
  • General public
  • Homelessness
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Volunteers
  • Women

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Relief of poverty
  • Volunteer development

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2021

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2020

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2019

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Charitable purposes

The Association is established to relieve poverty and hunger, promote social inclusion, protect and preserve public health and well-being and to promote the benefit of the inhabitants who are in need of assistance as a result of their poverty or social and economic circumstances (hereinafter called "the beneficiaries") in the areas of North Belfast and Newtownabbey in particular but not exclusively (hereinafter called the "area of benefit") without distinction of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic identity, political or religious opinion, by associating the statutory authorities, community and voluntary organisations and the beneficiaries in a common effort to relieve poverty and financial hardship with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said beneficiaries and in particular: (a) to relieve poverty and hunger of the inhabitants who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress or at risk of social exclusion in the area of benefit by any charitable means and in particular through the provision of emergency food aid, relief goods, training, clothing, advice and care; (b) to promote or assist in the promotion, facilitation and organisation of community capacity building and community development programmes and projects for the benefit of the people within the area of benefit who have need of such assistance as a result of their youth, age, disability or infirmity, or social and economic circumstances, in an effort to increase the abilities, skills and self-confidence of such persons. For the purposes of this article ‘socially excluded’ means people who are excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of one or more of the following factors: unemployment; financial hardship or low income; race; poor educational or skills attainment; substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs; disability; nationality or ethnic origin; or have experienced a lack of sensitivity to cultural issues.

Governing document

Constitution

Other name

  • 10 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 54 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • North Belfast Foodbank, 19 North Circular Road, Belfast., BT15 5HB

Trustee board

Trustee
Mrs Muriel Thompson
Rev Philip Mccrea
Mrs Caroline Hamilton
Mr Roy Rainey
Mrs Carolyn Dawson
Mrs Beth Dickson
Ms Beatrice Mahoney
Mrs Denise Rainey
Elaine Hogg
Neil Dawson

List of regions

  • Belfast City Council