Food and Cold Weather Provision
David is originally from London but moved up north in 2010. Here he met his future wife and has been happily married for many years. He used to be a DJ and has a love for all kinds of music. David has a City & Guilds NVQ level 2 in health and social care, which he put to good use as a support worker for a local authority. David has always felt drawn to help the most vulnerable and under privileged in society and it was this desire that brought him to Urban Outreach in July 2021.
Graham joined our staff team here in September 2022 to work on our food projects. He has been a volunteer with Urban Outreach for many years with Storehouse Foodbank and Bolton Lunches. He comes from a background in engineering with 25 years’ experience in the Rail Industry. Graham is involved in his local Church in Horwich and promotes the work of Urban Outreach across the four Anglican Churches there. He is an authorised lay minister with responsibility for youth across the team of Churches. He is also the Church Warden at his home church. He feels drawn to helping those in need and joining the staff team here has enabled him to better help people across Bolton receive the support they need.
Jeanette joined us in August 2018 from the Methodist Church of Great Britain. She has a heart for helping those in need and uses her administrative skills to help keep food processes running smoothly.
Jonathan joined Urban Outreach in March 2019 after taking early retirement from a management role within Bolton Councils’ Adult Social Care for 25 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge having worked with disability and mental health services. Jonathan is responsible for development and roll-out of the choice-based ‘Storehouse Pantry’ food-bank model. His aim is to ensure food and other household consumables are available to struggling individuals and families across Bolton – working closely with partner organisations and local volunteers.
Laura joined us in October 2015, having moved to Bolton from Lincoln. She has degrees in Social Science and Biblical Studies & Theology which have combined both her passions for local church and the community. Whilst in Lincoln Laura worked in retail as well as leading and serving in various church projects including a foodbank, kids work, community café & shop. Since joining UOB she has worked on various food projects, assuming the role of Food Services Team Leader in 2022. Laura is also responsible for our external communications including newsletters and our social media accounts.
Maisie joined us in October 2023 to help primarily with the Friends of Fun Food project. Having moved back to the North West after university, she completed a master’s degree in Food Security, where she saw the scale of food poverty and hunger in the UK. This sparked a desire to help people in this way, volunteering at several different foodbanks and community food projects before she began working at Urban Outreach on the food team.
Mark joined us in 2018 and is responsible for the logistics of our food projects. He has a background in production management and is great at knowing what needs to be where and when! Mark loves using his skills to support delivery of our various food-based projects and services. He also works to support the many volunteers who help us in this work.
Nathan joined the food team in November 2022 to help with our emergency food parcels and utility top-up service. He began working as a project manager straight out of college for a large tech company but after 3 years he decided to leave his job and go as a missionary to Zimbabwe, where he built a relationship with the orphans and held business management sessions in the rural villages. This opened his eyes and developed his desire to help others. He is passionate about serving and has been a church kids and youth leader for the past 8 years.