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Alarming Numbers Relying On Project

Thursday November 7 2013


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FAMILIES, workers and even pensioners are turning to a project originally set up to help feed the homeless and those with drug and alcohol problems.

The Barnsley Churches Drugs Project runs a drop-in centre on John Street whose 40 volunteers provides clothing, bedding and hot food to those in need three times a week.

Kate Raynor, 30, is vice-chairman of the project, which was set up in 2002 to support the homeless and people with drug and alcohol addictions.

She said following benefit and welfare reforms, the drop-in centre now encompasses those in poverty as well.

"In the last 12 months we've seen a lot more young people, young families and those who are working and struggling to make ends meet," she said.

"I speak to people who have been made redundant, or who are working and struggling to pay their bills.

"I've spoken to a couple of pensioners who are unable to afford their energy bills and coming to us for a meal helps them to save the cost of the energy as well as the food.

"I think part of it is on the back of the welfare reforms. From April, when the changes came in, we knew it would take a while for the knock-on effect and now it's building.

"To see pensioners coming is very sad. Society is very fragmented now and people are very isolated, so as well as struggling financially we may be the only people they speak to in the week, so for them it's about the company as well.

"Every week we talk to people who are sleeping on the streets and if they are we give them a coat or a sleeping bag."

She said sometimes people can be quick to judge those using the centre but as a volunteer she spends time listening to people's personal circumstances.

"In 21st century Britain no-one should be relying on charity to get a warm meal and quite a lot of people are saying they wouldn't have eaten if it wasn't for us."

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Reply Posted by the real sid on Friday November 8 2013 at 11:44
its a disgrace.once proud barnsley people reduced to begging.get the tory nazis out and give us our pride back.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday November 8 2013 at 11:47
its unbelievable what the government is doing to our once proud country.enough is enough mr cameron.

Reply Posted by barnsley crew on Friday November 8 2013 at 11:54
its time cameron open his eyes and see what hes doing to our country and peoples lives.

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday November 9 2013 at 10:23
As lady Margarat thatcher said [YOU,VE NEVER HAD IT AS GOOD]
stop squealing begging bastards.

Reply Posted by kay on Saturday November 9 2013 at 22:10
seriously how can you blame the tories? labour left a note saying good luck as there is no money left and yet who is in charge at barnsley council? personally i find that they are all as bad as each other.it's about time they all came together to find a better way to govern this country instead of just fighting against each other!!

Reply Posted by Xxxxxxx on Saturday November 9 2013 at 22:17
Barnsley on paper is governed by Labour Councillors. The truth is they are all individual Tory money grabbing thieving B@stards.

Even the Mayor has shown that this week,

They is No political party that represents the working class. Labour is Tories in disguise.

Reply Posted by RothschilD on Saturday November 9 2013 at 22:27
Many of you are talking as if the government gives a toss about you. Well, read your history and take note. They don't. Not at all. The kind of people that make it into positions of power do so only because they care about themselves and nothing else. These people are textbook psychopaths, interested in getting more for them and less for everyone else. Bankers, politicians, CEO's, all of them who we place on pedestals and revere are self centred and are paying others to teach you to think like them, divide and conquer. And the best part about it is, most of you don't have the first clue that its happening and will rise up in defence of the same people holding you under their boot. Hidden in plain sight. I hope I live to see the day when you guys wake up and actually take some notice of what they are doing to you, and get really angry about it. Unfortunately I am aware of how powerful that little light up box is in your front room, as are the people controlling it. You'll all be at the polling stations soon enough choosing the next pre-selected oligarch who's boots you feel most comfortable licking as they tread you into the dirt. They will give you nothing, you have to take it.