Our Foodbank Advice Project offers expert and kind advice and support to people referred to us in hardship
Many people referred to us in hardship aren’t receiving support and advice to try to resolve difficult issues that are causing hardship and their need for emergency food aid, for instance problem debt or difficulties accessing benefits to which they’re entitled.
That’s why we’re so glad to be able to offer expert and kind advice and support to food bank guests through our Foodbank Advice Project, which we’ve run in partnership with Citizens Advice Wandsworth since 2015. Being able to offer longer-term support to resolve financial difficulties as much as possible, alongside immediate food help, is key to what we do – and is appreciated by local people we help and agencies referring to us:
“Wandsworth Foodbank is a welcoming non-judgmental space with access to extended targeted support to help minimise needs ongoing, allowing people to feel hopeful about a future without poverty and shame.” – Foodbank referrer
During 2022-23 our Foodbank advisers supported 630 people who had to use our food bank during the year, with an average, vital income gain of £745 per person. They also provided support to an additional 144 food bank guests who returned to the project for further help and advice.
Part of our Foodbank Advice Project involves training our volunteers in Advice First Aid, so they’re equipped to help people find further support and advice, as well as providing emergency food and household essentials.
Together we’re committed to doing everything we can to help stop hardship and hunger in our community.
We are really grateful to Henry Smith Foundation, Trussell Trust and the Wimbledon Foundation for funding the Foodbank Advice Project.