Hyndburn’s reaction to the Covid-19 crisis has been to build respectful new relationships between key organisations, under the umbrella brand of the ‘Hyndburn Hub’. Throughout the pandemic there has been a focus on working together to deliver real outcomes. Over 40 different locally-rooted, forward-thinking organisations and voluntary groups have come together, demonstrating positivity and true community cohesion at an extremely difficult time.
Part of the Hub is a new Food Bank Network, bringing together several food banks operating across the borough. The Council is providing funding of £127k, meaning that the Hub, via this network, can increase supplies of food and other essential supplies, to respond flexibly to the needs of the community during the pandemic. Maundy Relief is intended as the lead organisation, co-ordinating this work and identifying further support and funding opportunities.
Council Leader Miles Parkinson OBE said; “I can reassure the people of Hyndburn that nobody in our borough should need to go hungry this winter. The funding we have provided and the collaboration of our community organisations should see support being given where it’s needed, whether that’s food or other emergency assistance.”
Lyndsey Sims, Hyndburn Hub Lead, said; “Members of our emerging Food Bank Network and the Hub as a whole have a shared belief in the dignity of all people and a desire to work respectfully and diligently with those they encounter. We also continue to warmly welcome new volunteers and groups to the Hub. If you would like to register as a volunteer, more information can be found on the Hyndburn & Ribble Valley CVS website.”
Anyone wishing to access this support can contact their local food bank directly, or contact the Hyndburn Hub on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01254 388111.