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60 second interview with engage with your community award winner Heather Booth

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 31 Jan 2014

Customer Heather Booth applied for our engage with your community awards and has successfully won up to £5000 for Corfe Mullen food bank in Dorset. Set up earlier this year, the aim of the foodbank is to help local people in times of need.

We asked Heather Booth some quick fire questions around the food bank and how the funding will help.

1. Why did you apply for the engage with your community awards?

After setting up the food bank, we realised that the work to bring the store up to environmental standards was considerable so after seeing the e-mail about the awards, I decided to give it a go.

2. How would you sum the project up in a sentence?

We aim to provide help for families during times of need, making sure they have food and supplies to get them through the very worst.

3. What will the money be spent on?

We need to ensure the food storage area meets environmental standards – funding will allow us to do this. It will pay for cleaning, painting, installation of washable flooring and lockable doors, as well as vermin proofing. Funding will also allow us to purchase a computer and phone to help with running the store.

4. What’s your involvement in the cause?

I’m one of the volunteers who came together to start the food bank.

5. What do you consider to be your best achievement?

I’ve been involved in a number of voluntary projects which have been successful, something which I’m really proud of. I get a real sense of achievement from helping others.

6. How long have you been involved with the cause?

We set up the food bank in May this year after hearing of a number of people in the area who are struggling.

7. Any highlights from working with the cause?

We only set up the project in May so rather early, but we have already got food from members of the community which is fantastic. The funding from Engage Mutual is another highlight as it will allow us to move to the next phase.

8. What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who’s applying for community funding?

Make sure you are clear in the application and go for it, I wasn’t sure if we would get funding but I went for it and was pleasantly surprised.

9. Are you looking for any volunteers? If so, how could they help you?

Rather than volunteers we need food donations to help us keep the store stocked. Winter is fast approaching and will be a busy time for us, so we want to make sure we have enough supplies.

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