Following a request for a donation from our Community Fund earlier this year, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve just awarded a donation of £250 to Gateway Community Church for their “Shoestrings” project.
Gateway Church does a lot of work towards anti-poverty, about 6 years ago a group of people came together to try and reach out to those in need and provide practical help, support and guidance.
“Shoestrings” is an anti-poverty course working with people going through an emotional or financial crisis, covering things like budgets, health and hygiene and sensible shopping.
They have a big involvement in debt management and work alongside Christians Against Poverty, currently there is a 3 month waiting list to see one of their advisers.
Nowadays, many people don’t know how to budget and shop sensibly and are often blinded by the “Buy one get one free” offers and end up buying cheaper and often more unhealthy meals. Gateway addresses these issues in a clear and empathetic way.
Gateway not only provides help with budgeting and debt, they also run a Cook and Eat programme.
Working with people on a low income and struggling to get by, they teach them to shop efficiently and to prepare healthy meals.
Gateway has also been running a food bank in Barnsley for the last 4 years, providing food to those struggling on a low income, with zero hours contracts, no sick pay, redundancies and those really struggling to make ends meet.
Neil Morris from Gateway said:
“The people of Barnsley are very generous and their donations combined with the assistance of Morrison’s in town and at Cortonwood, we’ve managed to feed over 6,500 people – that’s around 60,000 meals. In 2015 we fed just over 1,000 people and in 2016, it was over 2,000 – more than double the previous year. It’s not just people who are on the fringes of society struggling to get by, it is normal hardworking folk. At Gateway, we offer a hand up not a hand out, we continue to work with these people, providing help and guidance for as long as they need it.”
Gateway provide funding for a whole range of initiatives, including CAP debt relief; working with those who have controlling addictions which is one of the 5 causeways of poverty.
Gateway rely on people like you, not just for cash donations, but also for donating their time and knowledge as well as donations for their food bank.
If you think you can help, please contact Neil Morris on 07736449976 and find out how you could help to make a difference to someone’s life.