Hard-working volunteers from a Yorkshire food redistribution charity have a new breakroom to relax in, following a transformation by Sanctuary Homes’ MORE! initiative. 

A before and after refurbishment of a kitchen

Sanctuary Homes provided funding for a new kitchen to be installed at the Barnsley warehouse of FareShare Yorkshire - which helps to tackle food poverty issues across the county by redistributing surplus food. The project was funded by Sanctuary’s MORE! initiative, which sees construction partners working together to add value to local community projects in areas near where they develop new homes.

The works were carried out by Sanctuary’s construction partners ENGIE who are developing 18 family homes for affordable rent, vitally needed at Berners Road in the Arbourthorne area of Sheffield. As part of the MORE! programme, ENGIE provided time and materials to transform the breakroom for the benefit of volunteers, who have been working tirelessly to support food provision during the pandemic.

Previously, the charity had a tired looking space with limited food and drink facilities for its volunteers to use during break times. Now, the vibrantly decorated kitchen is a bright space with a breakfast bar and new cooking facilities for volunteers to enjoy breakfast, hot meals and drinks. Once Covid restrictions are lifted, the kitchen will be used to its full potential, when Chris, from The FullCrumb Kitchen, will be inspiring volunteers to make tasty dishes to eat during their lunch breaks. 

A shiny, clean kitchen

Gareth Batty, Chief Executive at FareShare Yorkshire, said: “This support has been incredible. We needed to renovate the facilities for our volunteers urgently. To complete the works in such a short space of time, under the challenging working conditions we are all facing, is testament to the professionalism of everyone who has supported us. We can’t wait to start using the new facilities and, when restrictions allow us to, enjoy a meal and cup of tea all together.”

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Claire Preston, Social Value Manager at ENGIE, said: “We’re really proud to have created this new space for the volunteers to take a well-deserved break. The challenges of the last year have meant that the work FareShare does has never been more important for people in the area, so we’re delighted that we could help.”

Colleen Eccles spearheads the MORE! programme for Sanctuary: “Covid-19 continues to exacerbate the issues for people struggling to meet the costs of daily living.  It is fantastic to support this project and make a difference for the volunteers, who work so hard to support those most in need.”

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