StoreHouse is a project created by Influence Church to help meet the needs in our communities and offer support in an even greater way.
StoreHouse is designed to help meet the needs of our wider community through providing emergency food supplies to those who, through whatever circumstances, are not able to provide adequately for themselves or their immediate family. Through a ‘food bank’ style scheme, StoreHouse will help meet needs caused by rising food prices and increased poverty.
We have also linked with other support agencies in our area that are able to refer ‘clients’ they are already working with to be able to benefit from this project.
If you would like more information on StoreHouse, or be kept up to date on what is happening, please check our Facebook page.
How to donate!
If you would like to donate any food to this project we would be more than happy to receive your support. Donations can be dropped off at Influence Church at either of our StoreHouse locations. Below is a list of suggested donations.
- Richmond: Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm
- Barnard Castle: Thursday to Friday, 12pm – 5pm
How to use StoreHouse
If you would like to access StoreHouse, or know someone else who is in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to visit us. Listed below are the times we are open.
- Richmond: Thursdays, 4pm – 6pm
- Barnard Castle: Fridays, 3pm – 5pm
NB. You are not required to bring any proof of need with you for a first visit.
Running alongside StoreHouse we have a couple of other programmes designed to help you and your family in whatever situation you may find yourself in.
Simple practical tips and advice for interviews, CV writing and making a great impression. Job Club will give you the tools and confidence to get back into work and ease any financial pressures due to unemployment.
Aimed to give your children space and time to complete homework. Our Homework Club includes access to resources that may not be available at home, such as laptops and some great volunteer coaches.
School Uniform Bank
Is purchasing new school uniform simply too expensive for you? Then maybe we can help. We offer a School Uniform Bank, enabling parents to access free school uniform for their children. The School Uniform Bank will be running on the following dates.
- Richmond – Wednesday 31st July
- Barnard Castle – Thursday 8th August
- Bishop Auckland – Thursday 15th August
In Richmond as well as the money raised from Influence Church members to undertake the building work, local funding has been received from the Co-op Community fund, Yorkshire Building Society via Critchley Hall Solicitors. The former Mayor of Richmond, Counsellor Stuart Parsons, has also supported the project and has helped raise funds, donations and awareness for StoreHouse. In the first two years of the StoreHouse project being available to the public, we have given away an estimated 32,000 meals to clients.
We have continued to receive funds and donations from many churches, schools, organisations and individuals who see the importance of this project. All these donations help to keep StoreHouse well stocked as the need in the area is becoming more apparent.
In November 2014 we launched a second StoreHouse in Barnard Castle from our community base in the town.
We’d like to thanks all those who have supported this project and continue to do so. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!