As a benefice we support the work of the Trussell Trust which overseas the activities of over 420 foodbanks in the U.K. including Ringwood foodbank which has a distribution centre in Fordingbridge. We have a shopping trolley in St Mary’s Fordingbridge and a box in St Boniface, Woodgreen where we leave donations of non-perishable food which is used to provide emergency support to local individuals and families in difficulty supplying a 3 day pack which will make 9 meals.
As part of its income generation Trussell Trust has a recycling business based in Salisbury which supports 14 community shops which recycle clothing, household goods and furniture, sending worn out items to be recycled and re-selling other items through the shops at very discounted prices. All local people can volunteer irrespective of age, disability or other life crisis. The shops also act as a place of safety and a listening ear.
Some items of furniture are put through the workshop to repair or modernise them. This work is undertaken by volunteers learning practical skills.
To donate furniture, clothing household goods and electrical items please visit 13/15 Market Square Ringwood. Larger items of furniture can be collected by ringing 01722 580180 and asking for the recycling team. They accept white goods which we can renovate and sell but please enquire before booking a pick-up. Beds, sofas etc without a fire label cannot be accepted as it is not legal for the charity to pass them on to anyone.
For more information about Trussell Trust visit www.trusselltrust.org