Bluestones Staffing is supporting Foodstock, a community-led charity, that is tackling the pressing issue of poverty in local communities. Foodstock’s dedicated volunteers exemplify the true spirit of community, making a significant impact by supporting over 400 households every week.
The rising cost of living is taking a toll on families throughout Northern Ireland, with soaring energy bills and record inflation rates rendering essentials like food and fuel unaffordable. This financial strain is putting immense pressure on the physical and mental well-being of those affected.
To combat these challenges, Foodstock diligently supplies food parcels to households on a weekly basis, and during the summer, they extend their support by providing hundreds of families with school uniforms. Additionally, they establish warm hubs during the winter months, providing a safe space for the most vulnerable individuals to stay warm and enjoy the company of others. Thanks to generous donations, the charity is also able to offer vouchers to those struggling to heat their homes and operates breakfast clubs during school terms, ensuring young children start their day with a nutritious meal.
In addition to their invaluable physical support, Foodstock holds weekly, free, and confidential welfare and benefits advice and support clinics. During these sessions, they help people resolve issues, assist with form completion, and provide valuable advice. The charity also offers free courses throughout the year, covering various topics like language, well-being, and nutrition. Moreover, they collaborate with external agencies to assist people with disabilities in finding training and job opportunities.
To support Foodstock’s Christmas Appeal 2023 and extend a helping hand to those in need, Bluestones Staffing has decided to raise funds through four charity walks scheduled between July and November. These walks aim to raise awareness of Foodstock’s remarkable cause and create more opportunities for donations. Every contribution, no matter how big or small, will make a difference.
The first two charity walks have already taken place, with an evening walk up Cave Hill on 7th July and a second walk up Divis Mountain on 21st July.
If you’d like to contribute, donations can be made via our GoFundMe page.
If making a financial contribution is not possible, showing support by sharing the GoFundMe page and related social media posts can immensely help in raising awareness and is greatly appreciated.