Important updates from Reach about COVID-19

Our office and Resource Centre are open (Opening time have been amended) to help people facing poverty and crisis!
And we still need your support to help them

As a result of new Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 our Resource Centre and main office are open but opening times have been amended due to Covid-19. So here’s how you can get support and give support (we will update this page if anything further changes!)
 

How to get support

If you are in need of emergency food or advice:
Please phone on 01440 712950 or email us at info@reachhaverhill.org.uk
 

Our advisers will assess you over the phone.
We are continuing, as far as we can, to help local people in need through:
  • Emergency food parcels – if you need food, we will arrange a time to drop off a foodbox outside your door.
  • Other emergency help
  • Advice on making benefits (Universal Credit) claims
  • FREE Debt and budgeting advice

Our Resource Centre is now open Monday to Friday from 2pm - 5pm (Appointment only)
 
'If I have money to buy food but am self isolating etc., what can I do?' 

There are some brilliant people out there that have put together community support groups to help those in isolation and in short of food and essential supplies. Get help through from the facebook support group -'Lets Get Through COVID-19 Together, Haverhill

If you need urgent help and have no other support, call the Home, But Not Alone helpline.
The helpline is primarily available to clinically extremely vulnerable people who:

  • do not have access to support available from friends, family or immediate community
  • are struggling for food, medicines or other essential supplies
  • are feeling lonely and isolated
     

How to give support

Donating food

We’d really welcome food donations as more people than ever could be at risk of going hungry during this crisis. But please do not drop off any food donations at our Resource Centre or office as both are now closed.
 
Instead, please drop your food donations at:

  • Tesco - Cangle Road, Haverhill
  • Sainsbury’s - Haycocks Road, Haverhill
  • Ipswich Building Society - Haverhill
  • Co-op - Swan Street, Sible Hedingham
  • Co-op - Market Hill, Clare
  • Co-op - 106 High Street, Linton
 

Please check the opening times before donating.
 
If you are short of food to donate because of current supermarket restrictions, low stocks and issues with online shopping – we would welcome monetary donations instead.

 
Donating money

If you donate funds, we will use it to buy food supplies if not enough are donated due to supermarket restrictions.

We’re working with the Trussell Trust who are in turn working with supermarket chains to find ways of getting a reliable source of food supplies.

You can donate online here.

For alternative ways to donate money to REACH, click here.
 

Volunteering

We are now delighted to announce that we are taking on volunteers.  Our volunteers are a vital part of our team, doing a variety of roles to help local families and individuals in crisis.  We are currently looking for:

- Foodbank drivers
Will need to drive to our various food collection points and pick up food donations as well as drop off food boxes to our Resource Centre.  Role involves moving and handling heavy crates and boxes of food. 
Valid clean driving licence essential and must be over 25.

- Foodbank volunteers
To pack and prepare emergency foodboxes for delivery, manage donated stock and maintain a clean and safe work environment. Volunteers will be required to do some lifting, although trolleys are available to help transport food.

- Client assistants
Client assistant will be meeting & greeting people when they visit the Resource Centre, as well as keeping and checking basic visitor records and assisting with issuing food to people in need.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us on 01440 712950 or email info@reachhaverhill.org.uk
 

If you’d like to be kept updated on when new volunteering opportunities become available, and other ways you can help, make sure you sign up here to get our newsletter, if you don’t already get it.

 

Thank you!

We just want to say a huge, huge thank you to everyone for their incredible support during this difficult and uncertain time. To see the community come together to support one another has been amazing to see and we have been so grateful for all the food and money that has been donated to date.
 
THANK YOU.
 
For official information and guidelines about COVID-19, visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

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