Emily and the Rainbow Junktion team are responding incredibly well to a difficult situation. Here’s an update on their work. See at the end for what you can do to help them!
What are they doing
They are serving takeaway food every Monday and Thursday lunchtimes. They have a shop on Monday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes. They are doing a small number of food deliveries to self-isolating individuals and families. They are acting as a food hub for Hyde Park/Headingley and Woodhouse/Little London wards.
How many people are they supporting
They are giving out 100 or more food parcels per week and on average in April 154 plates of food per day.
Some funding has been lost as there are no bistros, much lower daily donations as people are struggling more financially and they can’t run the half marathon which was a big fundraiser last year.
Some funding has been gained from Leeds Community Foundation, the Council and more individual donations (thank you if that is you!)
Food supplies have changed considerably in this time with some shops and projects have much less and some new supplies have come in. It is quite feast and famine!
Safety provisions for staff and volunteers
The team are taking lots of precautions:
Serving from the door so only volunteers are in the building
Volunteers advised to stay home if they have any symptoms
Doors propped open so no one touches them
Strict rules on gloves, masks and social distancing
Conclusion, Emily writes:
· The last few weeks have been a steep learning curve but I think we have reacted quickly and well to the crisis. We have definitely got into a rhythm and we are really proud of the work we are doing.
· It is hard to predict how long this will last or how things will change in the coming weeks but I think we are well prepared and flexible enough to continue as we are doing for the foreseeable future.
How you can help
Donating financially: a/c sort code 40-52-40, a/c number 00031454 Find out about adding Gift Aid, and Paypal donations here
Pray for safety for them all
Donating items: If you are walking past on your daily exercise and want to drop some items in the café, useful things are tinned tomatoes, tinned beans, oil, Tupperware pots, shopping bags and baby wipes. Please don’t put yourselves at risk or make unnecessary journeys for this.
This week we were thrilled that our local councillors gave All Hallows and Rainbow Junktion a Community Heroes Award for building community and loving neighbours. Which is also a wonderful witness to the wider nation- as Brexit seemingly invites/enables so much division suspicion xenophobia etc.
The next amazing Rainbow Junktion Bistro will be on Friday 22nd November at 7pm. They will be joined by BIG AL’S BIG CHOIR to bring some funk to your foodie delights! They’re even bring a live band with them!
You can read more on their website where there is a link to book tickets.
Born Famous is a series about celebrities’ children visiting the neighbourhoods where their parents grew up. And so, last summer, Scary Spice Mel B’s daughter Phoenix spent a week in Hyde Park- wandering the streets, meeting locals, volunteering at Rainbow Junktion and Coffee on the Crescent, having fun at Unity Day, etc etc.
The first episode is tonight, Monday 5th August on Channel 4 at 10pm. Phoenix’s episode is on Monday 12 August at 10pm on Channel 4. Should be fun- here’s the trailer: https://youtu.be/QWDaCluoTM0
This Sunday (7th July) we are taking the normal shared lunch after church outdoors to the Beckett Park Picnic in the Park. Its a lovely chance to enjoy the outdoors, listen to music from Bassa Bassa band and hang out with some of our St Chad’s and St Michael’s neighbours. There will be activities for younger kids (organised by South Parade Baptist Church) plus wide games.
So why not bring a picnic and something to sit on and join us between 1pm and 5pm at Beckett Park. We will try to arrange lifts from All Hallows for those that need them (let us know if you can offer a lift). and if you fancy baking a cake for the cake stall then the organisers would *love* that and it will raise funds for local community activities.
It is that time again when we sadly say farewell to students who have finished their studies here in Leeds and are moving onto pastures new. Over the time that they have lived here they have accumulated “stuff” that just won’t fit in Mum’s car, that is no longer needed or is just too embarrassing to take home!
Would you want to take this home to your parents?
In the past, much of this would have ended up in the bin but over the last few years Leeds University Union Leave Leeds Tidy have worked in partnership with Rainbow Junktion / All Hallows’ and other groups to try and prevent perfectly good “stuff” being binned. And so, this week, the Rainbow Junktion Community Free Shop is open again on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 3pm. Everything is free but you are welcome to come and have a drink or bite to eat at Rainbow Junktion Cafe on a Pay As You Feel basis – and with all those wonderful free finds you should be feeling pretty good!