Bromyard’s ‘Helping Hands’ project is an initiative launched by St Peter’s Church and its sister church in Stoke Lacy to provide items of tinned and dried foods, toiletries and baby goods to people suffering hardship in the area.
Supported by the local Roman Catholic and Methodist church congregations and people in the town, it works closely with organisations including The Hope Centre, St Peter’s Primary School, Age UK (formerly Age Concern), Herefordshire County Council and the local medical centre and police who act as contacts to inform the project of people they know of who are in temporary need of help and support.
‘Helping Hands’ is a confidential service which was was launched in autumn 2011 and has already received more than 3,000 items of dried food, toiletries and baby goods and distributed over 2,000 of them to some 30 local families and individuals in need.
Councillor Nigel Davis, the then Mayor of Bromyard, said: “I think Helping Hands is a wonderful idea because it helps the less fortunate members of our community at a time when they need it most. I would encourage everyone in the town to support this and look forward to working closely with the congregation at St Peter’s in any way I can to grow the initiative into a first class community project.”
The project has collection points in St Peter’s and Stoke Lacy churches as well as Food for All - Bromyard’s Christian bookshop on the High Street.
Local businesses have also helped by printing promotional material, providing collection ‘bins’ and displaying posters about the project in their premises.