Bridgend Foodbank has recently relocated from their former base in Nolton Street to Hope Baptist Church, with the help of Valleys to Coast and SERS.
As the head lease was due to expire on the former Bridgend Foodbank premises in Nolton Street, discussions commenced to move it to Hope Church in conjunction with plans to open a community café aimed at providing a relaxed environment for clients, and to give members of the church and the local community a space to engage with each other on a regular basis.
The foodbank moved into a refurbished part of Hope Church earlier this year, with works primarily undertaken by SERS, a cladding contractor, through Valley to Coast’s community benefits programme. Valleys to Coast assisted by providing support and equipment during the relocation. Support was also provided by Spring Consult and City Electrical Factors.
Speaking about the relocation process, Steve Tucker of Steve Tucker and Associates who supported the relocation commented how it would not have been possible without the support of Valleys to Coast and SERS. “To have seen the relocation through during such a challenging period demonstrates the commitment of both companies to benefitting the communities in which they work.”
Steve explained how the Foodbank has helped those in crisis over the last year totalling 5,669 individuals - 3,789 adults and 1,880 children. “The new premises will allow us to help our clients by having referral agents to hand to help with any other issues that may arise.”
The pandemic presented a number of financial challenges for families and individuals across the country during the past year, making foodbanks more important than ever. However, they have had to keep up with these demands whilst ensuring people could access their services safely, in line with government guidelines. The increased demands for Bridgend Foodbank means they are now seeking larger storage premises, and hope to relocate from its main depot during this year.
Mike Roberts, Managing Director of SERS, said they were delighted to be involved in the Bridgend Foodbank project when approached by Valleys to Coast who SERS have been working with for a number of years.
“Facilities like this are even more important to local communities due to the uncertain times we are all faced with, and it was particularly humbling to be involved when approached by Valleys to Coast and Steve Tucker, who was leading the project to relocate the foodbank to its new location, the well known Hope Church in Bridgend.”
Rachel Lovell, Communities and Commercial Business Partner at Valleys To Coast explained how Valleys To Coast has a communities strategy which sets out the organisation’s intentions to support its communities in areas such as our external estates and environment, foundational economy, health and wellbeing, wealth and employability and community resilience.
“We are delighted to have supported and facilitated the relocation of Bridgend Foodbank, during very difficult times. This new and more central and accessible location of the foodbank within Bridgend town centre, combined with the cafe area, will enable a number of agencies to offer a range of support to our communities.”