Rotarians on Merseyside have been involved in a successful project feeding the homeless, thanks to an imaginative project with a bakery.
Mid Wirral Rotary has been at the heart of this project for a number of years, helping to support the homeless in Birkenhead.
At the end of each week, Rotarians have been collecting surplus bakery items from the Great British Bakehouse which is based on the Neston Industrial Estate and delivering them to Wirral Ark in Birkenhead.
Since they were established in 1968, the Great British Bakehouse has grown to become the largest craft bakery on the Wirral, and its team of drivers makes daily deliveries throughout most of the Wirral and Cheshire, as well as further afield to Merseyside, North Wales and the Midlands.
The surplus bakery items from the Great British Bakehouse are then delivered to the Wirral Ark in Birkenhead, who house and feed the homeless.
The Wirral Churches’ Ark project operates from Mary Cole House and provides supported housing to the homeless, who include isolated people with mental health or drug problems, current or ex-offenders, former rough sleepers, and people who are begging or street drinking.
The charity provides support and guidance for individuals to secure permanent, long-term accommodation.
The food is also distributed to the YMCA in Birkenhead, where food is given to residents living in a night shelter.
Katherine Jenner, Community and Vocational Chair from Mid Wirral Rotary explained that club members support the weekly rota throughout the year. “They will be liaising with the bakery and making the round trip to Birkenhead,” she said.
“Typically, we transport two or three large trays of bread, rolls, made-up sandwiches, salads, pies, soup and cakes, all of which have been much appreciated by the organisations and their clients.
“We are grateful to the Great British Bakehouse for kindly making their surplus goods available to us.”