Realise charity supports digital inclusion

Realise charity has continued their long-standing partnership with the Newcastle-under-Lyme Foodbank after donating four Chromebook laptops. Worth £1,200 the digital equipment will help the Foodbank efficiently signpost people to the wide variety of support services available across the area.

Last year, the Newcastle-under-Lyme Foodbank collected 47kgs of food and provided 3 days of food to over 2,800 adults and 1,400 children. They continue to serve those in crisis since they began in October 2012, and look to partners in the local area to help them provide people in need with emergency food and help break the cycle of poverty.

Laptop donation to support digital signposting

The partnership between Foodbank and Realise charity began after it was clear both charities had a common aim in working to help people in poverty.

John Machin, Trustee of Newcastle-under-Lyme Foodbank said: “The laptop donations will streamline our services and enable us to signpost clients to other services more quickly and efficiently. We depend on other partners to help us offer support and this is only made possible by having good links with charities like Realise.”

Realise funding supports warehouse set-up

Over the past two years the Foodbank and Realise charity have been working together, with Realise providing funding to support the set-up of a Foodbank warehouse in Brick Kiln Lane.

Rev. Simon Boxall, Chairman of Trustees at Newcastle-under-Lyme Foodbank said: “Having the warehouse has transformed the potential we have to help people. We’ve found that the Newcastle borough is very generous and having the warehouse location means it is very easy to get to for dropping off and then for us to take to our distribution centres.

The funding from Realise charity for our warehouse means we’re able to be far more effective in our operations and ultimately help more people in our area.”

Grant Sharman, Head of IT at Aspire Housing said: “By recycling old devices we can help local charities through Realise who may need IT equipment to help their day-to-day operations.”

Over the past ten years, Realise has supported over 10,000 people through a variety of initiatives and charity programmes to help break down the causes of poverty, helping people to earn their potential, feel healthier and grow.