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Stafford's House of Bread to introduce new services after banner year

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

  • BRIGHT FUTURE...Will Morris, director of House of Bread.

  • STRENGTH TO STRENGTH...Matt Turner and Will Morris, from House of Bread.

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STAFFORD charity House of Bread is continuing to go from strength to strength with the launch of a range of new services for 2014 and the search for its own home.

The charity, which opens at Trinity Church every Wednesday evening to provide a meal for the homeless and those on the poverty line, wants to expand what it offers.

The community projects will begin at various venues in the next few weeks to meet growing demand around the town.

They include Family Bread on Tuesdays at Doxey Church 10am-2pm, when families can make bread together; a food bank at Trinity Church on Thursdays 2-4pm, and Church Bread at Rising Brook Methodist Church 10am-1.30pm, where people can gather to worship and make bread, one for themselves and one for a friend.

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And the charity also wants to develop Young Bread as it has been flooded with more requests for help from young people.

The organisation is also hoping to find its own home so it can open on more evenings for those in need.

The charity has grown dramatically since the Newsletter's 2012 Christmas appeal, which resulted in an overwhelming number of donations, filling a storage unit at Storage Boost at Tollgate Drive. The organisation was also inundated with offers of volunteer help and now has 180 on its books.

Will Morris, director of House of Bread, said: "HoB heart is the sharing of a meal, and while we will do more and more as the needs arise this part of the work remains at our core.

"A key area for us at the moment is to communicate what we do and the opportunities we offer to as wide an audience as we can. We are so blessed with gifts of food, clothes, toiletries and the volunteers to help. We want to make sure everybody in Stafford is aware of us.

"Working with some great partners including the Staffordshire Newsletter helps do this. 2014 will I hope be the year we everybody in Stafford will be aware of the work we do and how they can help and support us.

"Clearly a permanent home would be great for us in the centre of Stafford. We are working on this as a major focus at the moment."

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