Another stunning meeting of Feeding Birkenhead took place
last week, focusing on three main topics.
First, it was reported that over 250 children attended
Feeding Birkenhead’s school holiday meal and fun sessions in the October half
term. Our town’s schools are now looking at ways of being able to contribute to
this provision, which would represent another national breakthrough.
Second, and following on from Feeding Birkenhead’s recent
submission to Wirral Council, we looked at a number of options for adding an
extra layer of protection to prevent poorer households’ Council Tax arrears
spiralling out of control.
One of those is a text messaging service that the Council is
considering introducing next year, so that unopened letters need not inevitably
lead to financial disaster.
Likewise we are looking to pilot through local housing
associations a service whereby residents are helped to set up an early
repayment plan, before debts become unmanageable.
A third topic discussed was the difficulties some families
face when they need to replace electrical goods or furniture. We have a
wonderful branch of St Vincent de Paul in Wirral that tries to help such
families, but it is reliant on donations to maintain this service.
Might I therefore appeal please, on behalf of Feeding
Birkenhead, for residents wishing to donate certain items of furniture, or
electrical goods, that they no longer need and are still functional, to get in
touch with Rose Mullarkey on 07905952798?
Similarly, it is likely that some
household goods could be repaired at minimal cost, thereby saving families the
expense of having to replace them. This could make all the difference between
those families being able to afford food, or not.
So might I appeal also for anyone
who has the skills to repair electrical goods or furniture, and who would be
willing to volunteer these skills for families in crisis, to contact me?
My next surgery takes place at 5pm
on Friday 9th December at Birkenhead Town Hall.