Ludlow Food Bank
Ludlow Food Bank is housed in Ludlow Baptist Church, Sandford Road, Ludlow and is supported by all the churches in Ludlow. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
It aims to give food parcels to people in crisis situations in and around Ludlow who are referred by a wide range of agencies.
In 2019 the Food Bank gave away enough food to feed 1100 people for a week - including 460 children. The age group receiving most help was between 25 and 44 years old and the recipients were typically young single men or two parent families. Most clients needed only one food parcel and only 17 households three or more.
The biggest single reason for needing a food parcel was moving onto Universal Credit or a delay in receiving another benefit.
The Food Bank has expanded recently and now stocks a range of toiletries, household cleaning items and pet supplies - all of which are often out of reach for those in need. Donations are always needed to keep the shelves full and particularly to fund vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables.
For more information see www.ludlowbaptistchurch.org.uk/our-church/foodbank
Youth Support Trust
SYST is a youth charity that runs enterprise centres for disadvantaged young people in Shropshire. It is a hub to help young unemployed people in the local area have the opportunity to utilise their talents and potential so they can run a profitable and viable business.
SYTS provides support for the youngsters to create a job for themselves by maximising their business and personal potential. It provides help in writing a business plan, finding and applying for funding, looking for business premises, developing a marketing strategy and managing cash flow. It does this through offering advice, workshops and matching the young entrepreneurs with mentors and established businesses able to offer support.
Currently SYST operates from Telford but with the help of the Richards Castle Soap Box Derby it intends to start offering courses, workshops and advice in South Shropshire and ultimately Ludlow itself.
For more information contact www.systbusiness.co.uk
at Ditton Priors
Oak Farm is a unique day opportunity for adults with learning disabilities in Ditton Priors, Shropshire. Bethphage is a charitable and specialist provider of support for adults (18+) with learning disabilities who took over the running of Oak Farm in 2016.
Oak Farm provides a working environment to engage workers with the outdoors by participating in meaningful activities based around animal husbandry and horticulture.
We grow fruit and vegetables using organic principles which we then make into jams and chutneys. We support people to take part in woodwork, craft work such as wreath making and much more!
We also have livestock including sheep, pigs, alpacas, rabbits and a
pony along with 150 hens. We sell our produce from our own farm shop and through other local outlets.
With the help of the Soap Box Derby, Oak Farm hopes to improve the infrastructure around the Farm shop and to install paving to improve access to the soft fruit areas thus allowing a wider range of students to participate.