What people say about us
Since being made redundant I’m not quite sure where we, as a family, would be right now without the Larder. It enables us to still put hot meals on the table for all of us, and we have been far more experimental with food than ever before. Thank you for allowing us to retain our dignity.
Going to my Larder each Tuesday is the highlight of my week. I live alone and during lockdown the only people I see are my larder family members. Everyone is friendly and kind and always ready to help me if I`m struggling. I love my Larder.
My wife has been very poorly for the past few months with a non-related COVID-19 illness. We have always been very traditional where she did all the cooking. Now I am being furloughed we have had to look at where we can save and the answer is – use the Larder. Even I can cook now which I never saw coming!
I have suffered for many years with anxiety and depression and during lockdown No.1 my life was very wobbly with no direction or structure. When I heard about the Larder, I decided to give it a go, and now almost six months later my life has a focus and I really look forward to spending time at the Larder helping others to help themselves. It’s not just about what I can do for others but as importantly what the Larder has done for me. Long may it continue as I have found a niche that accepts me for who I am in a non-judgmental way.
The Larder has very quickly become the catalyst that allows us to help our members in many other ways. It is the first step towards breaking the cycle of dependency that has become far more apparent since COVID-19. We are not there just to co-ordinate food collection but assisting members to set up bank accounts, helping potential members to set up their memberships, signposting to many other agencies and services.
Staff Member A
The Larder has witnessed old friendships being re-kindled and new friendships being established, as well as residents who are classed as “socially isolated” joining the larder and reaping benefits in so many ways. In fact, the diversity of the Larder is phenomenal when looking at the ages, cultures, backgrounds, and family dynamics. By far the easiest way to engage with the whole of our community.
Staff Member B
I am a carer for my disabled husband, life is very lonely. Each week I help out at my larder and run the café. I feel like I have a purpose and that I am more than a wife and a carer. People talk to me and I can tell them about me.
My husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, we have been using our local larder to support us with food, however I have made some good friends. My children enjoy the activities and I can save money for luxuries
I was embarrassed to come to the larder as I thought it was like a foodbank. I love that I feel no pressure when I attend. There are lots of families like mine who don’t qualify for help. This really does make a difference to our budget
We provide lots of different services in our community, and were struggling to engage with members of the community. The Larder allows us to make those connections in a relaxed and informal way. It is a great community building project
We were able to go on our first family holiday last year. We put in a jar the money we saved each month from our food shop. We are doing the same this year. Thankyou