Storehouse is a practical service set up by Glasgow Vineyard to meet the immediate and long term needs of those who are destitute in the North and West of Glasgow, with a specific focus on Drumchapel, Knightswood, Anniesland and the surrounding areas. The aim is to give the assurance of food to those in greatest need. Storehouse food bank gives out food and toiletries hampers every Saturday morning (10.00 – 12.00) from the Vineyard Centre, Linden Street, in Anniesland.
The food and toiletries for Storehouse are donated to us by church members, friends, family, members of the public and local businesses, including Morrisons at Anniesland and Waitrose at Byres Road. Food makes up the bulk of the support we give, however, importantly, we also include essentials for sanitation such as dental care, as well as nappies and formula for babies. We want to ensure that all are guaranteed the basic items for health and hygiene.
Although Storehouse is firstly practical and tangible, it is also relational and we provide informal mentoring and befriending, whether that be at the food bank or sitting beside a homeless person on the street. The people who we meet have complex needs such as extreme poverty, mental health issues, addictions, unemployment, experiences of domestic abuse, and may be ex-prisoners or homeless.
Storehouse offers a safe place to come and meet with the team and other service users, in warmth and security. We provide emotional one to one support, referrals to external agencies where appropriate and guidance on benefits and budgeting. We aim to give practical help in the short term but support in the long term.
Our response during the Covid-19 Crisis
During the covid-19 crisis we were required to self-isolate and maintain social distancing, all of which created considerable challenges to the operation of an essential service, such as Storehouse Food Bank. We worked hard to ensure that we were able to provide food and essential toiletries to those in greatest need in ways which protected our clients and volunteers and operate throughout the pandemic providing food to those in need from our base in Anniesland.
To meet these challenges we had to adapt the ways in which we did things and also find ways of overcoming new technical and logistical issues.
As we come out of lockdown and the Covid-19 situation eases, we are keen to return to doing the things we did before Covid hit: including spending more time with our clients one to one and signposting and helping those with issues beyond the need for food. To do this we need to regrow our volunteer teams and make changes to the building.
Get Involved by
We need volunteers for:
Saturday food bank sessions from 9:45 to 12:15 (Food bank open 10-12).
Stockroom management - every Wednesday or Thursday 12-2
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us by giving Financially
If you would like to help us continue this work, please consider contributing financially.
The best way to do this is by online bank transfer to the Storehouse Bank account (held in the name of our parent charity) using the following details:
Glasgow Vineyard: Account Number: 00265513, Sort Code: 80-05-54
The account name is Glasgow Vineyard
For more info Contact
Peter Fowler at email@example.com