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FOOD BANK - Call us on 07421 328187 if you need to claim a 3-day food parcel from St Hugh's food bank. Collecting your food parcel is contactlesss. If you are unable to get the urgent help you need from friends, family or neighbours, contact Bradford Council's Contact Centre on 01274 431000. They can help with finding a local volunteer or refer you to organisations which will solve your issue.

Coronavirus response:
Although we have had to close The St Hugh’s Centre for its normal groups, services and activities, in these strange and challenging times we continue to offer food support to the whole of Baildon. Our food bank now operates a contactless system. Donations of food items can be left at any one of our three churches - St Hugh’s, St John’s and St James’s – just look for the collection box outside the main doors. If you need support in the form of a food parcel, just call our usual number (07421 328187) and we will arrange a time for you to collect a parcel from a specially designed box outside one of our churches. We know that there are going to be more people calling on the food bank due to job losses and children who would otherwise qualify for free school meal places and we will do our utmost to help everyone in difficulty.

We urge you to follow government advice and it might be difficult for some people to reconcile this with the direction that we must only make ‘essential’ trips from our homes. If perhaps you take your daily exercise in the form of a walk, perhaps you walk past one of our churches and are able to drop us a donation in the collection box? Of course collecting a food parcel is an ‘essential’ journey.

Many people have contacted us asking to volunteer for our support schemes. At present we are really restricted about how we can ask people to volunteer. Usually helping us would involve travel and meeting with others which is currently prohibited. We have offered our churches and buildings to the national Community Hub scheme. No-one is really sure how this will operate in our area but it is anticipated that volunteers will be needed. If you would like to put yourself forward for this, please go to goodsamapp.org which already has a huge number of volunteers signed up to help the NHS.

Tree Planting Scheme for our area

On Saturday 18th January we invite you to a launch event for the Baildon Tree Partnership scheme to reforest parts of lower Baildon. The events starts at 2pm and includes a talk about why it is so important to plan new trees. There will be chance to view the proposed sites and stalls runs by other local eco groups. For children there is the chance to build a bird box and plant an acorn. The event is free and closes at 4pm.

Carers Support

Are you a Carer? Perhaps you don't identify as one but are caring for an elderly relative, a family member or looking out for a neighbour. Carers need support but are often the last to know. Join us for monthly meetings for some time out with craft activities, a chance to talk to other local carers and seek advice from a member of Carers Resource Shipley. Mel can help answer your questions on benfits, home help, time out etc. Our meeting dates for 2020 are: 13th Feb, 12th March, 9th April,14th May,11th June, 9th July, 13th August, 10th Sept, 12th Oct and 10th Dec. These are all Thursdays and we meet from 10am to 12 noon. Just turn up or call Sarah Baxter on 07421 328187 for more information.

Get Online

A free 8-week internet course is available to over 55s who would like to learn how to get online, find information, communicate with family and friends, access services, shop and more. Working on tablets, you will learn everything from how to switch it on, to how to send an email and keep safe online. You can bring your own tablet or borrow one for no charge.

Sessions run on Mondays from 2.00pm to 3.30pm starting on 17th June 2019 at The St Hugh’s Centre. For more information or to book your place contact Sarah Baxter on 07421 328187. These sessions are provided by Worth Connecting.

 

Reminiscence Group


How do you fancy having a stroll down memory lane with us? We meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 2pm to 4.00pm. We are interested in your memories of Baildon and this community, and each week we will be exploring a different aspect of bygone days: music, cinema, old photographs, food and cookery. Come and discuss your experience of life from the end of WW2 onwards. We also enjoy guest speakers and classic films.  Sessions cost £2 which includes refreshments. Just turn up and we look forward to meeting you!

Food Bank

St Hugh’s distributes 3-day food parcels to people and families who find themselves in an emergency situation where they can't afford to buy food. This work is supported by donations from our church congregations. To access this help you need to live in the lower Baildon area. A short chat with a trained Community Development Worker will decide if your situation qualifies you for a food parcel. We can also give you further help with information about other organisations who can help you.
Please contact Sarah Baxter on 07421 328187. You may need to leave a message but your call should be answered within 24 hours.