10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm
Begun as a response to the needs of rough-sleepers in Mid Devon, CHAT’s Food Bank has grown to become one of our best-supported outreaches to the local community, with collecting boxes in supermarkets and in churches and schools.
People need help with food for many different reasons, here are just a few:
- Family Breakdown
- Changes to Benefits
- Delay in Benefits
- Unexpected Financial Crisis
- Fluctuating Agency Work
- Fuel Poverty
- Between Jobs
- Health Problems (Mental & Physical)
Our latest food list: Supermarket List 2018a
Our Facebook page has updates about shortage items (visible at foot of Home page)
Agencies such as Children’s Centres, the CAB and the local Council can refer people in need to us via a voucher system.
“I cannot thank you enough for your support. I feel very supported and in good hands. I still cannot believe that you organised this shopping which was full of the things I would buy normally. I got the shopping home, unpacked it and just cried. Just having this food to live off for the next week had made a huge difference.” Beneficiary of the scheme
Winter Fuel Poverty Scheme
Fuel poverty is a very real issue for many in Mid Devon, particularly in the rural areas. More than 1 in 10 Mid Devon households are described as being in fuel poverty.
Our scheme has been running annually throughout the winter months since 2012. We run a voucher system to support Mid Devon clients with prepayment meters whose keys can be charged via a local retailer. We also signpost clients to other sources of help, both financial and practical, where appropriate.
We host a Tuesday morning energy-efficiency clinic in our Hub, provided by Tara from ECOE.
She has saved £1000 s for local people with her energy-saving advice and support.
• Refer to Income Max – a benefit and debt advice service
• Help with Energy Savings Trust applications
• Help with replacing old-fashioned electric storage heaters and boilers
• Replace lightbulbs with LEDs
• Fit draught-excluders
• And more!
You can just drop in when she’s in CHAT or phone 07731 540215 to book an appointment.
Contact us by email or call 01884 255606