Aberdeen North Foodbank
Our foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local communities, as well as across the UK. The Foodbank Network was founded in 2004 after four years of developing the original foodbank based in Salisbury. Since then The Trussell Trust has helped communities work together to launch foodbanks nationwide in a wide range of towns and cities, Aberdeen being one of them. We work in the north of Aberdeen city to provide for families and individuals who are facing food poverty in the city. Aberdeen North Foodbank has five centres, with one being open each day of the week.
Between 31st of March 2018 to the 1st of April 2019 The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1.6 million food parcels to people in crisis. This is a 19% increase on the previous, with more than half of these going to children. As a network, we want to see more people helped out of crisis and fewer people needing foodbanks in the future. That’s why The Trussell Trust and local foodbanks are working together to develop new ways to help people out of crisis through programmes like more than food.
Over the past years, King’s Community Foundation has worked alongside King’s Community Church to provide services in the community of Torry. Torry is a vibrant and diverse community of around 10,500 people on the south side of Aberdeen city. Nonetheless it is also one where multiple factors of social deprivation are present. Volunteers from King’s Community Church have been engaged in the area for over five years, running a kids club for around 30 children on Tuesday nights, providing an adult group every Wednesday night and enabling Friday night attendance of around 20-25 young people at King’s Community Church Youth Club.
Given the work being done in the community, Aberdeen City Council began working alongside King’s Community Foundation in 2016 to refurbish an unused community centre which has lain derelict for over 10 years. In taking ownership of this building, King’s Community Foundation plan to renovate the centre to provide a space for local residents to access services, resources and develop skills which will enhance their lives. Our hope is that renovating the derelict building will regenerate the area, restore a sense of pride in the community and improve perception of the area.
Water For The World
Globally, King’s Community Foundation have partnered Water for the World is a Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting undeserved communities’ access clean water. Operations began in 2007 , and over that period more than 100 water systems in some of the most remote areas of Kenya. In 2018 we worked with Water for the World to provide clean drinking water to Swari, in Northern Kenya. In 2019 a team will be returning to Kenya to provide clean drinking water for a community and school in Isiolo, Kenya.