Support for Charities
NB To see how the club is supporting Caring Hands during the Covid19 pandemic please follow this link: Additional Support for Caring Hands.
Rotary support for Caring Hands
Caring Hands in the Vale is based in Evesham town centre. It was founded in 2003 as part of Vale of Evesham Christian Centre and seeks to help relieve poverty and need in the Vale of Evesham through practical support. Since 2016 it has been an independent registered charity, number 1167237.
Those referred can receive food parcels, toiletry packs, bedding, clothing and blankets free of charge, depending on their circumstances. The Charity have resources available for individuals who are street homeless or sofa surfing, such as sleeping bags and backpacks. People can also receive a free hot meal twice a week at the Caring Hands Diner. Support for all in genuine need, on a referral basis. Referrals include people on low incomes, those in severe debt and with benefit issues, single parent families, ex-offenders, families of offenders, street homeless/homeless, people with substance misuse issues and mental health problems, and also in crisis situations such as illness, injury, relationship breakdown and bereavement.
Caring Hands offers five different ‘banks’ of resources:
To access each of these ‘banks’ the users need a referral from a network of over one hundred front line agencies, a number which is growing all the time.
Since 2003, Caring Hands have donated in excess of 7,000 food parcels to families and individuals.
Including the drop-in diner they have provided around 500,000 meals in our local community. However during 2019-2020 there were the most referrals in 17years of operation, with 1084 referrals for 530 different families, couples or individuals. 964 food parcels for 2271 people providing 47,016 meals. This is an increase of 37% over previous financial year.
Caring Hands provided 130 Christmas Hampers to families and individuals in the Vale of Evesham benefiting 346 people.
Evesham Rotary club is very conscious of their needs and have set up support by collecting for food banks at Morrisons supermarket. The collections are then divided into parcels and distributed by Caring Hands. This has been on-going for about 5 years.
Evesham Rotary continues to offer our support to Caring Hands in the Vale.