Candle Community Project
12 May 2005
Everyone present was welcomed to the meeting.
Ailsa McWilliam (Caring at Christmas), Andrew Street
David Perry (Emmaus Bristol), John Knuckley (Carmel Christian Centre),
Griffiths (Julian Trust), Kevin Stone (Salvation Army Candle Community
Project), Martin Painter (Neighbourhood & Housing Services, BCC),
Fudge-Quinlen (Self Help Community Housing, St Pauls), Nat Selman
the Community), Paul Hazelden (Crisis Centre Ministries), Susanna
Misson-Williams (Hope Chapel) and Tim Bainbridge (Cold Weather Group).
Anni Davey (Crisis Centre Ministries), John Atkinson
City Council), Julian Marsh (BCAN), Paul Tipler (Aspire), Sibylle Kort
Bristol Nightstop) and Val Jeal (One25).
Paul confirmed that in respect of the Membership he had
received signed forms and money from 11 groups. There are now 10 full
and 1 associate member. It was noted
that no receipts had yet been sent out to the groups who had paid and
would be looked into and receipts would be sent out.
A full list of the members is now available from Paul.
Candle Community Centre: Kevin Stone confirmed it is
worth contacting UWE Building Services Department for duvets and other
students have left behind. They want an outlet and are looking to set
storage and so it would be good to network now.
No accounts are available as we are starting the first
there has been no BHF money up to now.
Paul has a draft budget if people are interested in a copy.
The Steering Group members were elected as follows:
(Aspire), Ailsa McWilliam (Caring at Christmas), Paul Hazelden (Crisis
and David Perry (Emmaus).
Andrew Street gave a short presentation.
FareShare is an independent charity, which
was originally part of Crisis (the national homelessness charity,
Crisis at Christmas). The current FareShare board is comparatively new.
FareShare’s central mission is seen as
communities to help relieve food poverty.
Andrew Street is an environmental consultant, and came
FareShare and their program of intercepting food going to waste in that
context.He saw their broader
activities and it gripped his attention. He
has been on the FareShare board for two or three months.
FareShare have identified Bristol as an area in which
like to see a FareShare franchise operate.
This however will only work if people in Bristol can be found
the same vision and can co-operate with others to make it work.
There is no reason for it not to work in
Bristol: we have both the opportunity and the need.
The aims of Fare Share are the relief of poverty and
and promotion of good nutrition and health among people who are
social, economic or emotional distress by:
- minimising food waste;
- supporting people by working in partnership with local organisations to provide
access to quality food and other services; and
- providing opportunity for people to improve health and well being and a chance
for volunteers to contribute to local communities.
There are six large, centre-based FareShare franchises
at present, and three more operating a van-based model in West London,
Yorkshire and Manchester.
Andrew provided some basic background information.
- Poverty has
not deepened but has broadened in recent years.
- 4 million
plus people cannot afford a healthy life style.
- 1 in 7
million people are over 65 and are at serious risk of malnourishment.
- 6.7 million
live on a low income, which results in food poverty.
Government spend £2.4 million on malnutrition and related
diseases each year.
- The fresh
fruit consumption of an average large poor family is equivalent to a
quarter of an apple a day.
- Diseases such
as heart conditions and diabetes are on the increase and there is an
increased risk of these in areas of high poverty.
Management of waste:
- Disposal of
waste directly into landfill is no longer sustainable.
- 17 million
tonnes of waste is produced by the food sector each year, out of which
3.8 million tonnes has potential for recovery and consumption by humans
Fare Share is the only organisation to tackle these
issues on a
regularly work with over 100 companies in the food and drink industry.
distributed 2000 tonnes of “fit for purpose” food in 2004.
- They deliver
food to some 150 “community member” projects across the country.
contributed food to some 3.3 million meals in 2004.
- 49% of
recipient projects are hostels.
- 45% of all
projects cater for homeless or ex homeless people.
- 21,000 people
every day benefit from food from Fare Share.
- To be a
sustainable national food charity.
- To become the
industry benchmark for responsible surplus food redistribution.
- To work in
partnership with local organisations.
Andrew described a typical situation, when Sainsbury’s
the corporate style of food. They no
longer sold the existing products, as they didn’t have the new logo.
Pallets of pasta and soup were no longer
required and were taken by Fare Share.
The food needs to have nutritional value, and obviously not be
When the Bristol franchise is set up, all the initial
cost will be paid for by FareShare; the local franchise will have to
running costs – the vans, food storage, cold storage equipment, etc.,
it run as a viable franchise.
will retain ownership of the capital items.
The franchise will need to obtain the necessary
expenditure: for example, running the vans, leasing a warehouse and
running costs. A relatively low number of people are required.
There will probably be an administrator /
organiser who will be paid, but the majority of people required will be
The estimated running costs are around £100,000 –
year. This normally comes from fundraising, donations, trusts etc.
FareShare are putting pressure on the Government to
waste although the Government are finding it harder to see the
recycling and diverting waste.
A concern was raised over whether FareShare operating
will mean that other food charities will have less food and resources.
answer to this was a definite “no”: the existence of Fare Share will
preclude the existence of existing relationships such as the one
S and Emmaus. The idea is for all groups to work together and to form
partnerships with other groups.
A franchise in Birmingham is due to be set up within
the next 6 –
9 months and, and FareShare hope that Bristol will open within the next
12 – 18
months. The next few months will be vital in looking at the details for
Bristol City Council
Martin Painter from the Council gave a short
from a longer presentation he uses to train people from the Hub and
places. He started with a short quiz
and the answers to the following questions were given as follows:
What is the population of Bristol?
How many council properties are there?
29,000 (65% are flats; of those, 60 – 65% are multi storey flats)
How many are sold each year?
How many new RSL properties are built each year?
How many people are on the waiting list?
How many are new applicants?
How many homeless applicants each year?
How many acceptances are there each year?
1,000 – 1,200
Most common reasons for homelessness?
Domestic violence, and being asked to leave by family and friends
The presentation contained a lot of detailed
information about new
developments and the Council’s goals and aims, which is set out in a
from the Bristol City Council Housing Options and Advice Service.
Copies of this document can be obtained from
Bristol Soup Run Trust
BSRT have got a new Treasurer. The
main problem they are facing is recruiting enough volunteers
for a Saturday night.
They have noticed a lot of new faces on the streets
a number of regulars have dropped away: the average number they see is
around 30, where it used to be 50.
Caring at Christmas
The next edition of the Survival Handbook is overdue,
be available in about a month to 6 weeks. Also,
Ailsa is looking for volunteers for Caring in August.
UWE are sending out emails asking for
volunteers this summer, so she will try and tap into that.
Candle Community Centre
Kevin Stone is leaving his job with the Salvation Army
to be an
Associate Mental Health worker, but he wishes to retain contact with
Apart from Kevin’s departure, there are no problems to
They have about 50 – 60 people turning up for food each session.
On a Sunday they can have over 100 people for
food. On Thursday afternoons between 2:30
and 5 pm there is a Job Centre Plus group where clients can get benefit
employment advice. This is open to anybody.
They continue to be very busy and are very happy to
other groups. They are not experiencing any problems at the moment and
atmosphere seems very good. It is their
20th year as a registered charity. They
continue to accept people as they are.
Business in the Community
Unfortunately there was a poor turn out in April but
take up to about 12 people per programme. An
event called the “Power of Partnership” is taking place on 27
May in the Council House. There will be
free professional support and advice and about 50 professional firms
If you need access to a free solicitor
or accountant, please go along or contact Nat for more details.
They have 14 companions at present, with perhaps 3 or 4
coming in the next few weeks. One companion has got a job in Bristol,
another has found a job in Spain.
Two of the companions are now community assistants and
so have a
On Saturday 14 May there is a dinner dance and so the
be closed in the afternoon.
Emmaus had 3 companions from Germany come over and
visit, and one
of theirs has visited as a direct swap. It
was a great experience for all concerned and has developed
links between the two communities. Business
is good, and takings are up.
They are going to fêtes and fairs, and are
involved in the
Bristol Bike Ride.
Cold Weather Group
The night shelter is now closed, although it did stay
open until April,
as they were able to persuade the volunteers to help out.
They had a high number of people moving into
stable accommodation – full statistics for the last year will be
the next meeting. They are now setting
up and planning for next year now and the prospect of opening all year
The public launch of the Homeless Forum went well.
to be impressed by the speakers and the event, which was encouraging.
hindsight we could have improved on the publicity side of things: we
to assume the invitations would filter down to all the members of the
From the feedback, it may be a good idea to do
next year: the event on the whole seemed to work very well, and it
good to build on that success. If
people have any thoughts or feedback on this subject, please let Paul
It was suggested that it would be good to get a list
churches of all the organisations that might be interested in the
Forum. The main difficulty with this idea
is the manpower and time to implement it. BCAN
have been trying to raise funds to employ someone, and this
has been proving to be very difficult.
Training on a Wednesday evening and Saturday morning is
really well. They have good discussions,
and Paul gets very positive feedback from the sessions.
Perhaps more could be done to encourage more
people to attend the next series, starting in September.
There is now money ‘in the pot’ from the organisations
signed up and paid their membership fee. If people feel they would like
on a course and could feed back the benefits to the whole group, please
Crisis Centre Ministries
Paul talked briefly about some problems CCM are having
particular client. He encouraged the
other organisations to help the man if possible, and said that CCM
what it could to help anyone who was providing support to the client.
The usual documents were made available for people to
look at and
pick up. These are listed on the Homeless
Forum Documents page of the BCAN web site: you can navigate from
home page (http://www.bcan.org.uk),
or go directly to the page at http://www.bcan.org.uk/bhf/l2_homeless_docs.html;
they are also available from the Crisis Centre Ministries office
The next meeting will be held on 14 July at the Caring
Christmas offices in Little Bishop Street, starting at 7:30.