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Hub’s helping hand from Staple Hill

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Hub’s helping hand from Staple Hill

Gloucestershire Freemasons were delighted to give not one but two donations to the Staple Hill Community Hub. A donation of £250 from the Staple Hill Chapter Rose Croix is helping to provide emergency food parcels to local families who are struggling to afford basic good items. The donation of £2,000 from the Gloucestershire Masonic Charity Action will help the charity to continue to offer their wide range of support for the local community.

Sean Sullivan recently handed over a cheque to Andrea Reid from the Hub outside their building on Berkeley Road.

The community organisation has seen a substantial increase in the demand for emergency food parcels over the last year. They often fill a gap when there is an unexpected financial crisis such as an unexpected bill.

Sean Sullivan from the Masons added:

“Gloucestershire Freemasons are delighted to support the Staple Hill Community Hub as it is such a fantastic resource for the area. They offer a welcome to everyone in the community providing warmth, company, activities or when it’s needed support for life’s challenges.”

Andrea Reid from the Staple Hill Community Hub said:

“We support people who are in most need, specifically people with learning difficulties, mental health problems, the isolated elderly, the unemployed and anyone else who needs us. We offer a safe environment where people can meet, join in activities, make new friends, learn new skills and achieve a sense of belonging. We are very grateful to our local Freemasons for enabling us to carry on doing that.”

Food is normally stocked through donations from local supermarkets, church groups, residents and other grant applications. The donation will also help to provide free use of the Hub’s kitchen for families and individuals to prepare their meals. There’s a fully equipped kitchen which people can use in order to reduce to their own energy costs and to develop new skills.

That is only one of the almost endless ways this charity supports our local community. Others include a lunch club, support for those seeking work including skills training and career support, a ‘Welcome Space’ for people in the community to come together, a music club, children’s Christmas parties, exercise together sessions, coffee mornings, advice bureau, confidence building and a gardening and nature club for children.

Credit: article by kind permission of Downend Voice, link: Downend Voice – Your Local Voice Magazine for the Downend area

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Sean Sullivan recently handed over a cheque to Andrea Reid from the Hub outside their building on Berkeley Road.
Hub’s helping hand from Staple Hill