Northampton food poverty charity moving to town centre location

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A food poverty charity is to move to a new central location in Northampton.

Re:store Northampton, a charity serving local people who have faced food poverty are moving into a centralised location, at 42 Sheep Street.

The building that most locals know as the old Twentieth Century Club, is having a massive face-lift to welcome vulnerable adults and families through it’s doors from October 2016.

The building has been purchased by Central Vineyard Church, and alongside Sunday services, there will be a range of activities for the whole community to access during the week.

Re:store Northampton has working in the field of food poverty for several years, through Northampton Food Bank and more recently a community allotment and teaching programme.

Charity director Anya Willis said: “We aim to give a hand up, rather than just a ‘hand out’, which means developing skills, confidence and a sense of community.”

Re:store Northampton is working in partnership with Springs Family Centre, Central & East Northants Citizen’s Advice and Northamptonshire Community Foundation on a Big Lottery funded project to provide help through crisis.

This includes a community drop-in at both Springs and Re:store five days a week, with advice, support, refreshments and access to employment support.

During the summer Re:store is operating the Hub drop-in at Duke Street Church (on Thursdays from 11am to 1pm) but from October will be opening it’s doors at 42 Sheep Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

You will be able to get a free hot meal in a welcoming cafe space alongside specialist advice/advocacy services, with no pressure or judgement.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the old nightclub, and the charity are relying on fundraising and support from the local community to be able to complete the refurbishment before October.

If you would like to get involved with the project please contact Anya Willis on 01604 328046 or email info@restorenorthampton.org.uk.