Giving back to local causes in the Voluntary and Community sectors is important to us at Morningside Pharmaceuticals.
This Diwali, our colleagues supported in a socially-distanced-way our local foodbank, John Storer Charnwood, by donating a wide-range of essential supplies and contents to go into Christmas boxes.
This included long life foods such as tins, and boxed/wrapped products. The charity also received kind donations, such as selection boxes and wrapped treats like chocolates.
The donations helped the most vulnerable and those facing extreme hardship in the Charnwood Borough during the winter and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.
John Storer Charnwood is an independent charity serving the communities of Charnwood with activities running throughout the day and evening and at weekends too.
It has award-winning therapeutic allotments at its Mountfields site and supported lunch clubs in the House during the week as well as well-being sessions including craft, cooking, drama and choir.
Its usual clients are predominantly older people, people with a disability and the more vulnerable members of our society.
As a Strategic Partner of Charnwood Borough Council, John Storer Charnwood also has a wider role in the borough. It provides a range of volunteering opportunities within JSC that maintain inclusive participation and embrace all abilities and advertises opportunities for other Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups, signposting potential volunteers where possible. It hosts the VCS Forum, a quarterly meeting where organisations can come together to discuss the issues affecting the sector and also sources and hosts reasonably priced training open to VCS groups throughout the borough.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Spring of 2020, it has been working with Charnwood Borough Council and other VCS organisations under the umbrella of Charnwood Community Action.
The hub is based at John Storer House and one of its functions is to be the main foodbank for the whole of Charnwood.