Grant awarded: £30,000 a year for 3 years: 2022-2025 - unrestricted; Cost of Living uplift grant for Year 2 £2,370
Spring has seen rapid growth in delivery and impact since 2019 through excellent leadership by its CEO and its dedicated team of staff, volunteers and board members, many with experience of the challenges clients face. During and after the Covid pandemic it expanded its core activity as a food bank so it could address the root causes of food poverty and needs of clients in a culturally sensitive manner. Spring has done this by delivering Holiday Clubs, advice sessions (including in partnership with Citizens Advice Bureau and Southwark Law Centre), training, support groups and by creating community. For example, the number of holiday clubs Spring runs to enable parents to work, has increased from 3-5 clubs to 13 clubs.
Its new premises have created a Social Supermarket with a shop front, enabling those experiencing food poverty to access support with dignity and choice. Spring is a learning organisation reflecting continually on its work and the difference its making and Southwark Council shares Spring’s example as a model of best practice.
It isn’t just about giving food, it was also about giving people a chance to rebuild their lives after incredible hardship…building confidence is vital in addressing the root causes of food poverty.....Trust us to know best what our community needs - Felicia Boshorin, CEO, Spring Community Hub
Read more from Felicia Boshorin, CEO of Spring Community Hub about the impact of unrestricted grants in Under the Bonnet of unrestricted with Peter Minet and Partners published by IVAR here.