Talent Match have been supported by the Mayors Hope Fund and Fare Share to set up a food bank specifically for young people aged 18-25. The food bank is open from 1-3pm every Wednesday afternoon and young people do not need a referral from any other agency. All that is required is that they turn up and complete a short form. Aside from food our Talent Match counsellor is on hand to provide a listening ear if necessary.
Mentor Laura said;
“The MYA food bank provides not only food parcels but additional support to vulnerable young people within Liverpool. The food bank was designed by Talent Match young people who helped shaped the processes involved, we operate differently to other food banks and don’t give out vouchers a young person can come regardless of situation and it is for anyone under 25. Food parcels are our way of providing practical support to ease young people when resolving any financial, emotional or circumstantial situations or difficulties this is an amazing step towards moving an individual towards a more positive destination.”
Counsellor Naomi said;
“Many young people who access the food bank arrive in distress due to their current situation and having to use a food bank. Having a Counsellor on hand provides the young person with an opportunity to be listened to and to receive some emotional support which can allow the person to evaluate their current situation and realize areas in their life where they can and cannot control. This can help to empower them in their difficult situation, and also helps the rest of the team work out if we can help if other ways.”
The food bank launch was covered by the Liverpool Echo. In case you missed it here is a link to the article…