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Lending a helping hand

Paula Kennedy and Teri Ireland had the pleasure of visiting ‘Helping Hands R-Us’ a local food foodbank who support communities in the New Inn, Pontymoile and Penygarn areas of Torfaen. Set up by three friends; Paul, Kyle and Jan to support as many people as they can, the food bank relies solely on the goodwill and donations of others.

Written by Fiona

26 May, 2022

A photo of Carol, Kyle, Paul, Teri, Paul, Jan and Paula cutting a ribbon in the foodback

Pictured from left to right: Carol, Kyle, Paul, Teri, Paul, Jan and Paula.

Jan told us “We are all passionate about helping other people, we saw a need and we wanted to do something to give back to others. Our idea just grew and grew from there. Without the support from Melin allowing us to operate from one of their premises in Pontypool we simply wouldn’t be where we are today. We are so grateful”

Helping Hands R-Us assist with food parcels, but they also help provide families with baby clothes, toys and equipment. The team even provide ‘meal packs’ which contain everything you need to make a nutritious meal and a recipe card.

The team explained that they are in desperate need of donations of shoes and clothing for school age children. If you can make a donation or if you need any support ‘Helping Hands’ are waiting for you. You can find out how to donate or request support by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Melin staff have generously been collecting food donations, toys and baby clothes which have been donated to Helping Hands R-Us. Staff will continue to collect tinned goods to further support the initiative.

Without the support from Melin allowing us to operate from one of their premises in Pontypool we simply wouldn’t be where we are today. We are so grateful.

Jan — Helping Hands
The full shelves of tinned food at the foodbank
Some of the tinned food available

Paula Kennedy, Chief Executive of Melin said: “It is an honour to be able to support ‘Helping Hands R-Us’ in their mission to support the local community in Torfaen. Paul, Kyle, Jan, Paul and Carol are doing an incredible thing by giving up their time to make sure that no local family goes without. I was very impressed by the transformation of the space and the dedication from all the volunteers.

The cost-of-living crisis has highlighted the struggle that many families are facing across the country, and I’m pleased that Melin and our staff have been able to make a difference.

Paula Kennedy — Melin Homes

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