VIDEO: Bare Minister’s vow to help the needy

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An initiative launched to help tackle the hidden poverty in the area has already helped 70 families in times of need.

The Minister’s Pantry provides food for those in need of urgent help and also offers referrals to other agencies who can provide aid.

Rev Graham Maskery in Christ Church URC Broadway.

Rev Graham Maskery in Christ Church URC Broadway.

Revd Graham Maskery, of Christ Church Broadway and Sefton Road URC, said: “We wanted to provide a more locally based, immediate response to families in need.

“Very often in families there is someone on a very low income or everyone is out of work. We felt that rather than put all our efforts into a food bank we would do something locally based. It is direct giving from the congregation of food, basic essentials and sometimes money.

“If we become aware of an individual or family in need we respond immediately.

“We judge it case by case - it may be a family that needs supplementing every week for two or three months or it might be a family who need a one off boost.

“We don’t have a room full of food but we always seem to have enough.”

The churches direct people to the appropriate agencies if they need other help.

Revd Maskery said: “We have joined an interagency group which meets regularly.

“All the agencies in the Morecambe area that work here responding to social need meet once a month.

“That has been important for us to be aware of what people are doing. From a referral point of view it gives us a clear picture.

“We are also working with Peer Support for those with psychiatric needs and there are full day drop-ins at Sefton Road URC on Mondays and Thursdays.

“At the end of day people have to help themselves as well but we are pointing them in the right direction.”

Pop into either Christ Church Broadway or Sefton Road URC to find out more about The Minister’s Pantry.