Community champions

Local volunteers provide award winning service at Tottenham Food Hub

By Jason Young, Junior Pastor, Gospel Temple Apostolic Church

Working in the community is at the heart of everything we do at Tottenham Food Hub, and because of this, last year we won the Mayor of London Volunteering Award 2020. This followed on from us having won the 2019 Haringey Voluntary and Community Organisation of the Year Award, and the Local Charity of the Year for Sainsbury’s Seven Sisters and Sainsbury’s Wood Green Local in 2018.

During the pandemic the demand at the Tottenham Food Hub has increased and we have had to find new and alternative ways to deliver our service. This has included introducing a telephone befriending service to make sure that our service-users are catered for, and delivering food to the homes of people who are elderly, sick, or who are shielding because of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Hub provides excellent volunteering experience for staff workers and seasonal workers alike who are looking for a stop gap to get back onto their feet. Last year and also in 2019 we welcomed members of staff from Nationwide Tottenham, Morrisons Wood Green, NatWest Wood Green and M&S Crouch End, who volunteered with us for a day as part of their annual charity day release. We partner with these businesses as community champions, collecting food that’s donated at these branches and distributing it to people who attend the food hub.

Our work has led to the Tottenham Food Hub being recognised at the London Faith and Belief Community Awards in November 2020 and shortlisted for this year’s National Diversity Awards. If 2018 was about being local in Tottenham, and 2019 was about being borough-wide, then following our recent Mayor of London Volunteering Award win, we’ll be going national this year.

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