This Friday 5th October we are putting on a special, free screening of I, Daniel Blake, and we’d love to invite you to join us.
There’s fresh popcorn and delicious Jude’s ice cream, kindly donated, and a chance to say thank you to many of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers who give their time throughout the year to support local people in crisis.
Every week, we’re meeting people facing similar issues to the characters in I, Daniel Blake. We even wrote about it here. So we’re putting on this screening as a thank you to volunteers, but also as a solutions-focussed event: a springboard for considering some of the economic constraints that are pulling local people into poverty, and to collaborate around what can be done to keep people afloat.
As Sarah wrote, ‘Wherever we are, we all – individuals, government, local councils – need… to take a cold hard look at what’s driving foodbank use, so that together we can find solutions that will mean less people, not more, have to use foodbanks in the years ahead.’
We’re delighted that just last week Wandsworth Council voted to extend their crisis help to people who’ve been between a rock and a hard place until now – those people waiting for benefits to start (for instance after losing a job or becoming ill) but who haven’t been eligible for the Council’s Discretionary Social Fund scheme (as they weren’t ‘in receipt of qualifying benefits’). We really welcome the Council listening to the needs of local people, but we believe there’s still more to be done – especially as Universal Credit rolls outs across the Borough.
We would love it if you could join us on Friday, and do please feel free to bring family and friends. You can simply sign up here. Tickets are entirely free, with donations to our Christmas Appeal welcomed.
For more information or if you have any questions, do please email us or call us on 0207 326 9428
Hope to see you there,
Dan Frith, Wandsworth Foodbank Manager