Donate to The Basic Idea Foodbank at the Whitemoor Lane Co-operative

Coop Whitemoor Lane Belper

We are pleased to announce that you can now buy an extra item whilst shopping at the Whitemoor Lane branch of the Co-op.  As part of supporting the local community the store has agreed to host a collection point for The Basic Idea foodbank.

Whilst we have a more than ample supply of baked beans, soup, pasta and tinned fish there are many things that we are very short of, that will enable us to keep this critical service available to those of our neighbours in need.

On the side of the bright yellow donations bin, you can find a list of what we could really use at the moment.  This list will be updated regularly to reflect gaps in the foodbank store.  You can also get regular updates about what’s most useful to donate by following Hope for Belper on Facebook where you can also see what else the churches and their partners are up to in the town.

In addition we are hoping to confirm that Hope for Belper (The Basic Idea) has been chosen as the local charity that will benefit from the 1% of members own brand purchases; this would be a further boost for all the volunteers involved in providing critical food aid to our neighbours.

Thanks again for all who support the project on a regular basis – your donations of food, money and time are appreciated enormously!

The Basic Idea Team

August 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Could you be a Belper chaplain?

Belper town chaplaincy logoAll are welcome at the next Belper Chaplaincy meeting on Tuesday October 20th at New Life Christian Centre, High Street.

Workplace Chaplaincy in Derbyshire is growing… and of course, this includes Belper!

There are already chaplains visiting the Police, Fire and Rescue, East Midlands Airport, Westfield (Intu), Vaillant, Rolls Royce, Derby County Football Club, East Midlands Trains and many more…

Churches in the town are looking at providing chaplains from across the churches in Belper for:

  • Retail staff in King Street
  • Valley CIDS Lighthouse shop
  • Schools
  • Local care homes

At least 65 people from churches all over Derbyshire attended recent Workplace Chaplaincy training at Willersley Castle. It was introduced by the Revd Paul Morris, Principal Chaplain at Derby City Centre Chaplaincy, based at St Peter’s Church in Derby.

What is a Chaplain?

  • A person who interacts with people for their emotional and spiritual well-being
  • A person who offers non-judgmental support about all aspects of life and work
  • Chaplains are motivated by the Christian faith from which they come to care for people and communities
  • They are not there to preach but to offer care and comfort and a listening ear

Could you be a Belper Chaplain?

See www.derbyccc.org.uk for latest information about free chaplaincy training – the next date is Monday 12th October 2015. If you’d like to attend, please ring St Peter’s Derby on 01332 360790

September 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Hope Hampers

Once again this Christmas, Hope for Belper gathered people from across the town to provide Christmas hampers.

The Sure Start Children’s Centre and the Multi Agency Team were pleased to be able to support families in this way again this year. Once again there was overwhelming support from the local churches and individuals that raised close to £2000. This meant we could pack the twenty eight hampers that were required with a little extra in each one thanks to the amount of money donated.

This year Hope for Belper also teamed up with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) who raised £480 for the eleven hampers going to families that they support and work alongside.

A huge thank you to all those who supported this project by donating time, money and various others gifts and to ‘Inspirepac’ who donated the boxes and enabled Hope for Belper and Christians Against Poverty to deliver thirty nine hampers this Christmas.

Jo Lambourne

February 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Free Festive Fun!

The winter beer and food festival was a fantastic success again this year, riding high no-doubt on the news that Belper had become the overall winner of the Great British High Street 2014.

One of the things that marks out these type of events is the great sense of the community enjoying rubbing shoulders with itself and others visiting from further afield.

The churches provide a small but significant facility on this particular occasion each year. The Town Council provides a couple of gazebos for us to shelter from the cold breeze, enabling tired children to enjoy free Christmas based crafts. Everything from shepherd masks to 3D Christmas trees are made and brightly decorated, whilst parents get to stand and chat or have a go themselves!

It is always very enjoyable to take part on the Hope for Belper team for this event, so as we approach next year’s festival do think about a stint on the H4B stand yourself – no special skills required just a friendly and encouraging face.

Gareth Greenwood

January 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Working Co-operatively!

Belper

After making a good contact at this years’ Belper Goes Green Festival, we have taken up the opportunity to have a collection point for The Basic Idea food-bank inside the Co-op supermarket on Strutt

Street. Jamie and all the staff at the Co-op are very pleased to be facilitating this local project and it is hoped that we will have a few of our food-bank volunteers in-store early December to promote ‘The Basic Idea’ to their customers. The collection point is by the far till nearest the Post Office.

THANK YOU to everyone who supports The Basic Idea with food and financial donations. A particular thank you to the many church congregations in and around Belper who week in week out provide the vast majority of the food for the scheme. We would also like to say a big thank you to all the schools representing many children and parents from across Belper and surrounding areas for their generosity in donating all the non-perishable produce from their harvest services – the store is always bursting at this time of year!

2014 has seen a steady but not dramatic increase in referrals and on average we are currently delivering to around one family every day. Since the beginning of The Basic Idea in 2009 it has always been about local people helping their neighbours through times of crisis. Approximately 35,000 items have been donated over the years and whilst it is our hope that one day we can scale down the provision, it should be a great source of pleasure and a continuing expression of love that we are all able to help our neighbours in this way!

Thanks again to everyone who in anyway has supported this vital project.

Gareth Greenwood

November 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

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Hope for Belper – Demonstrating God’s love for our Town

Welcome to the Hope for Belper website. Here you will be able to read about everything that’s happening locally running on from the national Hope initiative to demonstrate God’s love for our towns, villages and communities by providing practical help for those around us.

Hope for Belper is currently running two main projects - The Basic Idea food bank and Belper Street Angels. A list of all our projects past and present can be found at our Timeline page.

Hope for Belper is now a Registered Charity, Reg No 1146148.

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