OneFamily support for Swindon Food Collective

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OneFamily, which has a base in Swindon, has announced support for a food bank that helps the most vulnerable people in the local community.

The Swindon Food Collective (SFC) helps people living in Swindon and the surrounding area who are suffering from financial hardship and finding it difficult to provide food for themselves, their family or dependants.

The financial services company has awarded the SFC £5,000 and will also be offering hands-on help through employee volunteering and the sharing of skills, networks and experience.

Teddy Nyahasha, the CEO of OneFamily said, “The cost-of-living crisis has led to a rapid growth in the call on food banks and it’s devastating to see the impact of rising costs on the wellbeing of families with young children, the vulnerable and the infirm.

“Helping local people is very important to us – it’s been our focus for many years – so we’re pleased to support the SFC and its vital work.

“We’re keen to build our relationship with SFC because, for us, it’s not just about handing money over and believing the job is done. We’ll be investing time, practical support and advice that we hope will have a real impact on the lives of local people.

The Swindon Food Collective

Donations are collected from individuals, stores, churches and businesses and are taken to SFC’s warehouse, where they are sorted and packed into emergency food parcels ready for delivering to their eleven distribution centres that are open five days a week.

In 2022 the SFC fed 9,602 people of which 2,279 were young children, giving out more than 115 tonnes of food. It also supplied Great Western Hospital with 188 Home From Hospital bags and supported 34 breakfast clubs.

Helen Gerrish, the chairperson of SFC said, “The donation from OneFamily is much appreciated and will go towards enabling the Swindon Food Collective to meet the ever-increasing demand for food for those people who are facing a crisis at this time.

“Our mission is to reduce the impact of food poverty on people in the Swindon and District area and our aim is that no-one goes hungry unnecessarily. With this support we will rise to this challenge and work positively to help as many people as we can.”

Notes to Editors

About OneFamily

OneFamily is a customer-owned financial services company that offers lifetime ISAs, lifetime mortgage advice, junior ISAs, child trust funds, bonds and over 50s life cover.

We have 45 years’ experience of being a trusted provider of financial solutions, with 2 million customers and £7.3 billion in funds under management at the end of 2021.

We are the UK’s biggest child trust fund provider, holding over 25% of the market.

OneFamily Advice provides whole of market equity release advice for a fixed fee of £950. To help its customers it is not increasing its fee, despite inflationary pressures. It charges no advice fee to existing members of OneFamily.

Supporting our members and their communities

As a mutual, OneFamily is owned by its members for its members – and doing right by them is at the heart of our business.

We don’t have shareholders to pay dividends to, so we reinvest our profits to provide quality products and services for the benefit of our members. OneFamily has provided more than £4.75 million in grants since 2015 through its personal and community-based funding initiatives – supporting over 390 great causes and improving the lives of more than 3,200 people through our individual grants. Our community funding has supported dementia charities, homeless projects and provided work for young people with learning disabilities as well as funding projects such as the renovation of swimming pools and parks.

OneFamily customers can also apply for a Young Persons Education Grant of up to £250 to help them or someone, aged 15-19, they care about. They can be used for study materials, to travel costs or a new laptop.

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