The Full Life Church Food Bank have been fulfilling Honley's needs for food parcels alongside other areas around the Holme and Colne Valley. They have gone from supplying on average around 25 parcels per week to around 160 this week.
The supermarkets are donating from themselves and customers donations which is fabulous but sometimes the excess from the shops does not provide a balance of food, so the food bank still need to buy additional needs. They also have running costs of Gas/Electric/Petrol/Rent etc so funds are always welcome and needed.
If you are unable to donate food then perhaps you could donate funds to this Just Giving page that we have set up on behalf of the Food Bank?
For anyone self isolating in Honley there are various ways that you can get help. If you need shopping then you can:- Telephone Taylor’s Foodstore for all Grocery needs, on 01484 661682 order your shopping then they will ring you when it is done for a card payment and organise delivery to your door with one of our volunteer deliver drivers.
Lamb2ewe on 01484 661869 will also take orders for all meat products and a selection of accompaniments again taking card payments over the phone and using our volunteer drivers to deliver.
The Co Op garage on 01484 666129 will take telephone orders of up to 6 products to then ring to advise how much so you can leave cash in the agreed location for delivery.
Honley DIY are open with their massive offering from light bulbs to paint on 01484 662278 give the boys a ring, they can also deliver.
Our band of Honley Volunteers are also ready to help just call 01484 212056 and ask for the help you need be it shopping, Medication collection/delivery from the Chemist or just a regular chat if you are lonely.
Don’t feel you are alone as our Community are here to help and support one another.
Take Care, stay healthy from the Honley Volunteers.
Just a quick update on progress from Honley’s Community of volunteers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Honley has compiled a team of superb volunteers, who are offering their help without fuss or noise - one of them may live next door to you, although you probably wouldn’t know, as they’re a shy, unassuming team, who’re just getting on with it.
What are we doing? We handle referrals from our friends at Holme Valley Mutual Relief, along with local requests for help where neighbours have spotted someone in need. Whether it’s sourcing or delivering shopping, getting prescriptions, dog walking, or just having a chat, the Honley volunteer team are there when needed. We work off a simple “what’s app” group, and allocate requests for help by postcode - we aim to “adopt” folk as you would a neighbour in this Friendly village (with a capital F) of our’s.
We also support the Full Life Church Food Bank at Thongsbridge, who urgently need Honley’s help with donation of supplies, for which we’ve set up a drop off point at the Co-Op Garage or Texaco at Brockholes. The team deliver the donations to the Food Bank, whilst also helping on site with packing and deliveries of food parcels. They understand lots of people are self-isolating and this is seriously affecting their stocks so we have set up a Just Giving Page for donations so they can purchase where there are shortages. Please give generously if you can to: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sylvia-sellen
And finally, a Community is at its strongest when it has the support of great businesses and community groups. A shout out therefore to Tom & the team at Lamb 2 Ewe, who were carving donated meat for the food bank late into the night (well after we’d all gone to bed!) together with Tony and his team at Taylors,who were then ready and waiting at 0530am to step in when Tom’s slicing machine broke! There are many other Honley businesses trying their best to keep things moving, such as the Punch Group who’re doing a stunning job for NHS workers, together with HB Bearings, don’t they make parts for cars I hear you ask? Well yes, but they also make essential parts for the machinery that’s used to make things like the tins in which we buy our food, the processing plants for fresh food etc. So they’re again providing a vital service.
I mentioned Community groups, and so I close with a shout out to our Churches - for giving pastoral care to those in need, when they need it, but also to the team at Elim Church for making hot meals each day for delivery. If you are self-isolating and wish to order please telephone them on 07903 414685. Only £4.50 for the meal and £1.50 for dessert delivered.
A superb Community effort in Honley and we Thank everyone for ensuring our community are kept well.
Take care, Sylv Sellen – Chair of HBA and Friends of Honley