Beacon South Yorkshire- support on the frontline

Beacon South Yorkshire was established in 2000, providing a range of services to carers across South Yorkshire. They work with frontline caregivers who support individuals with dementia, mental health complications, disabilities, substance misuse and the elderly. Their aim is to offer the support that they need with their own wellbeing and time management, so they can work better with their cared-for friend, family member or partner.

From social events and training, to counselling and one-to-ones, Beacon South Yorkshire are passionate about what they do and work hard to ensure they are providing varied, caring, quality support to their beneficiaries.

Being a community food member with FareShare Yorkshire allows Beacon South Yorkshire to provide food bags to the carers.

One female carer said;

“I am so grateful for Beacon and their support with a food bag on a Monday. My family is on low income and these weekly bags have been a real life changer, I’m not sure where my family would have been without them.”

Lynda, the Funding and Services Manager said;

“Since becoming a community food member with FareShare Yorkshire, we have built up a good relationship with the team. All of the carers receiving food parcels are very grateful indeed, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic where we saw more requests for food bags than ever before.

“It is upsetting to see that families are having to choose between heating and eating, so we are grateful that we are able to help them out whilst they are experiencing food poverty.”

Beacon South Yorkshire also worked alongside The FullCrumb Kitchen, our on-site training kitchen. Project Manager and Chef, Chris, taught a class to Lynda and Abigail from Beacon South Yorkshire, looking at the benefits of fruit & vegetables and how to create three bases sauces that can be used in a variety of dishes.

“The addition of The FullCrumb Kitchen at FareShare Yorkshire is amazing. Not only did it give us a more in-depth look at FareShare Yorkshire’s history, but it also gave us the opportunity to improve our skills and knowledge. The best part of the day was being able to take away ideas and inspiration on how to use the surplus food in the future, giving carers the ability to make the most out of their food bags.”

270,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food gets wasted by the food industry each year.

That’s enough for nearly 650,000,000 meals

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