Helping the growing number of people in need

07 November 2013

People using the 5p Bus

Recent benefit sanctions have underlined the growing need to support people who are struggling to make ends meet and who are finding it increasingly difficult to feed and clothe themselves and their families.

Through its work in the community, St Cuthberts Care is helping to bridge the gap by providing essential services for those who are homeless or who have little or no money to live on.

Services such as our 5p Bus are helping more than 1000 people every month in areas experiencing some of the highest levels of deprivation in the region, taking clothing, shoes and bedding into the heart of struggling communities.

Our Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) projects include two, weekly drop-in cafes for people who are homeless, living in poverty or who, because of social or personal issues, are unable to meet some of the stringent benefit requirements.  Run by volunteers, these projects provide a warm, welcoming place to enjoy food, refreshments and company in a non-judgemental environment.

"Our 5p Bus and the drop-in cafes in Newcastle and Sunderland are very well attended and also offer information on other organisations and charities that can help meet basic needs," said our Community Services Manager, Kathleen Urwin. "To help the growing number of people in need, we are currently working with parishioners and volunteers in Stockton to open another drop-in café next month."