Yorkshire Coast Homes has donated £750 to back an exciting new scheme to help plug a gap in Scarborough’s anti-poverty support network.
Members of the North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit have identified an increasing need for a food provision facility on Saturdays, to help Scarborough’s most needy people when other organisations such as the Rainbow Centre, Cambridge Centre and the Women’s Centres are closed.
As a long term supporter of the area’s support agencies and with a substantial and highly pro-active anti-poverty strategy of its own, Yorkshire Coast Homes has recognised that there is a considerable risk of needy people being unable to access a warm, dry environment and a hot meal over the weekend period.
Members of the Westborough, Queen Street, Emmanuel St John’s, South Cliff, Northstead, Wreyfield Drive, Burniston and Seamer church communities have now introduced a plan to provide, every Saturday morning, a full English breakfast, toast and a hot drink, together with a substantial packed lunch, for the most at-risk members of the community.
The Saturday Breakfast sessions are running currently from Westborough Methodist Church, between 8am and 9.30am and are initially open just to people with referral tickets issued by the Rainbow Centre, although the group anticipate that the service may be extended to others as the programme develops.
Following the first Saturday Breakfast session Rev Mark Haynes said: “We greatly appreciate the generous donation of £750 from Yorkshire Coast Homes which has helped us to set up this much needed facility.
“The first session went very well and we provided eleven breakfasts and packed lunches in a warm and friendly atmosphere shared by volunteers and clients.
“I’m sure that the number of people needing facilities like this will continue to rise, so if anyone would like to join our group of volunteers and help us to expand our service they’d be very welcome.”
Yorkshire Coast Homes chief executive Shaun Tymon added: “Yorkshire Coast Homes has an ongoing commitment to tackle issues of poverty and inequality across our communities.
“Organisations like the Rainbow Centre continue to do a very difficult job against steadily mounting odds and we are very happy to relieve a little of the pressure by supporting additional facilities like the Saturday Breakfast.”