What We Do Now
How things currently stand.
Since COVID-19 gripped the nation and the world most of our plans for expansion and planned events for 2020 have been ‘hibernated’.
Also due to COVID-19 we have been restricted re collection of donations from M&S, Intu and M&S Simply Food and as a result we have restricted the Food Bank Scheme to ‘existing customers’ only. As COVID-19 hit we were also denied the right, after 4 years, to collect food surplus from some suppliers, as they chose to donate it to the new Derby Covid-19 Food Bank Scheme, resulting in the Bread Basket being closed down for the foreseeable future.
The Food Bank Scheme still operates but is restricted to ‘previous users’ only.
The School’s Out Café has also been close down until 2021 due to government restrictions on the use of the premises we operate from.
Our catering division Café DinDin has also temporarily been closed down, for the same reasons, resulting in us having to cancel 21 buffets and 3 hot food catering events.
Post COVID-19 plans for 2020
We still have plans for 2020 (all pending due to COVID-19 restrictions)
The Bread Basket will re-open even if we need to buy the bread instead of relying on it being donated.
The Food Bank Scheme – will continue to operate but on a smaller basis unless our suppliers have a change of heart
The Grand Party - A multi themed party to catch up on what we have had to cancel this year, a mish-mash of all the events in one massive fun evening.
Halloween Party - More Halloween fun and games
The Christmas Project - As we are presently unsure of what the COVID-19 laws will allow us to do we are planning a number of options for events including:
Family Christmas Meal - where will we take a chosen number of guests out to a pub/restaurant for a pre-Christmas Treat (back to our origins)
Christmas Day Lunch - Instead of cooking for our guests we plan to be taking a limited number of guests out for Christmas Day Lunch at a local, accommodating venue. However, the costs of taking guests out for meals is expensive, estimated to be around £3,000 and these events will only happen with appropriate funding and local pubs/restaurants being willing to accommodate our requirements, not us fitting onto their 'conveyor belt'.
Other plans including the start of our Meals at Home service have been ‘put on ice.
So far 2020 has proved a very difficult year but we are still here to help and we will strive to continue and build on what we have achieved in the last 6 years.
On the Upside
We are setting up something new and unique, which will change the lives of thousands of people who are dependent on drugs and are currently being failed by the existing system.
Please click here to find out more.
Whilst having had to ‘strip back’ what we do we are using the time afforded to us to re-think our future and find new avenues to help more of Derby’s residents in differing ways.