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  • Writer's pictureDan Heley

Students join forces with First Step Housing to provide food parcels

Hospitality and catering students have joined forces with First Step Housing to distribute over 85 food parcels this week, to vulnerable learners during lockdown, these include learners who are young parents, young carers, care leavers, those living on their own or those that are struggling financially.

First Step Housing (South West) Ltd have been supporting vulnerable adults for over 18 years and in the past 7 years those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

John Trudgian, Director and Office Manager, First Step Housing, said: “During these lockdowns, the public and businesses have been extremely generous to the extent that there has been a small surplus of food donated in Weston-super-Mare. We realised that there are a number of 16-18 years olds who are also in need that we are unable to help, so we made contact with Weston College.”

Last week the first pallet was delivered to the College from First Step Housing and hospitality and catering students were able to make up food parcels that included pasta, rice, tinned meat and vegetables along with cornflakes and oats, which were then distributed to our vulnerable learners this week.

Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, Dr Paul Phillips CBE, commented: “We would like to thank John and the team at First Step Housing and look forward to working with them over the next few months, to help support our most vulnerable learners during this difficult time.

“The College campuses have remained open for vulnerable learners during the lockdown, to offer face-to-face delivery, to provide access to IT equipment and to help with any welfare needs. For some learners this access and support is vital to their achievement and mental health and working with organisations like First Step Housing allows us to provide even more support for these individuals – we really are grateful for their valuable contribution to the health and well being of our learners.”

To find out more about the work First Step Housing do click here or for more information about how to make a food donation with Fairshare South West click here

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