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Wates Residential rallies to bring festive boost to Shoreham Foodbank

Staff from national developer, Wates Residential have donated over £200 worth of Christmas goodies to the Shoreham Foodbank this festive season as it braces for the busiest December yet.

With offices in Shoreham and Chichester, over 100 items were collected by Wates employees including pasta, tinned goods, chocolates and hygiene items such as shower gel and shampoo. The developer’s groundworks subcontractor, Erith also donated a further £100 for volunteers to purchase items currently running low in their warehouse, particularly tinned vegetables and tinned potatoes.

Document Controller from Wates Residential, Laura Parrish presented the items to volunteers at Shoreham Foodbank, where they will now be packaged up and donated to families and individuals that have been identified as being in need of extra support this Christmas.

Wates Residential is currently undertaking a £24m investment programme to increase flood defences along the river wall between the River Adur and Shoreham beach on behalf of Southern Housing Group. The enabling works contract is crucial in moving plans forward for a new waterfront development in Shoreham which will see the development of 540 new homes.

Volunteers of the Shoreham Foodbank partner work with local schools, health centres, the local Citizens Advice Bureaux and other agencies, using foodbank vouchers that can be redeemed for an emergency parcel containing a minimum of three days’ worth of food. Please see the voucher list on Shoreham Foodbank’s website shoreham.foodbank.org.uk for where these food vouchers can be obtained.

Shoreham Foodbank opened in 2013 and is part of The Trussell Trust’s national network of 428 foodbanks across the UK. These are often run by local churches and community groups working to tackle food poverty. In Shoreham, thus far this year, 732 food vouchers have been fulfilled which has provided food for a total of 1,759 adults and children, an increase of 26% over this period in 2018. 

As well as donating to local causes, Wates Residential has commitment to providing local training and employment opportunities as part of its presence in Shoreham. Earlier in the year, eight young unemployed adults in Shoreham who had been struggling to get into work were given specialist training through the developer’s accredited Building Futures programme. The free two-week course provides basic construction training and helps participants develop employability skills to help them make the transition into employment or further training.

Paul Comber, Leader of Shoreham Foodbank, commented: “This part of Adur – Shoreham and Southwick, has some of the most deprived and least deprived Wards in the country. It is our privilege to serve whoever is in a food crisis whatever their circumstances or post-code”.

Paul Nicholls, Managing Director for Wates Residential, commented: “We believe that everyone deserves a great place to live so we are delighted to have been able to make this donation to support some of those most in need of a helping hand over the festive period in Shoreham.

“As part of our presence in the local area, we are keen to give back to the local community and leave a positive lasting impact. We look forward to building a great partnership with Shoreham Foodbank as we continue to expand our site team based at Free Wharf.”

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