Holy Trinity Church in Robertson Street, Hastings, is providing food, employment training and debt advice to those struggling under lockdown as part of the nationwide Love Your Neighbour scheme. On Wednesdays, the project operates a distribution centre in partnership with Hastings Foodbank. 

Sara Young, operations and food hub manager at Holy Trinity Hastings (HTH), says: “We’re so grateful to be working with Hastings Foodbank, tapping into their skills and expertise to offer a distribution point in the heart of the town centre. We’d love to welcome any referrals… [and are] open every Wednesday on Cambridge Road, directly opposite ESK.”

Natalie Williams, community engagement director at King’s Church, added: “We are really pleased… to run Hastings Foodbank both from the Hastings Centre on Mondays and Fridays, and from HTH’s Cambridge Hall building on Wednesdays.”

Additionally HTH is collaborating with Resurgo to run Re-Work, a free six-session employability course delivered by Zoom. The course is aimed at anyone over 18 who is actively looking for work or has been made redundant as a result of Covid-19. Re-Work starts on Tuesday, 1st December and runs until 17th December. 

Project leader Jonathan Dolding says: “The project is really interactive. It’s full of whole-group, small-group and individual tasks, all focussed around building confidence, being more resilient, putting together a great CV and preparing for online interviews.”

HTH will be referring those requiring debt advice to a team at Hastings and St Leonards Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

Simon Larkin, Vicar at HTH said: “Since we arrived at HTH six years ago, it’s been a priority for us as a church to care for those who are most in need in our town. These three Love Your Neighbour projects really help us build on our established work of Safehaven women and men groups and to continue working in partnership with the many fantastic support organisations in the local area.”

Safehaven Women meets every Thursday (term time) between 12.30-13.30 – pop in, through the Claremont doors, for hot food and drink, sanitary products, clothing and support. Safehaven Men meets on Monday mornings 10.00-12.00 (term time). Although currently limited by lockdown these groups are a space where vulnerable people can come and feel safe, secure, at home and a valued member of society.

Love your neighbour is a partnership of 240 churches and more than 1,000 schools and community organisations across the UK.

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