Food and Cold Weather Provision


Gaynor came as a volunteer to assist in our office in 1996. This progressed to a part-time position in 1999 overseeing the Winter Watch night shelter. Gaynor now works full time on our Friends of Fun Food project, working with groups, schools, community organisations and our clients to help them to eat healthily, in season and within budget.


Joanna joined our Friends of Fun Food project in 2017. She has a degree in Events Management and valuable experience from the catering industry in the private and charitable sectors. She loves cooking, whether for large numbers of people or just with a few friends, and is passionate about helping people release their culinary creativity.


Jonathan joined Urban Outreach in March 2019 after taking early retirement from managing Bolton Councils’ Adult Social Care provider services for twenty five years. He brings a wealth of knowledge having worked with disability and mental health services. Jonathan is excited to be coordinating the Storehouse Pantries and is responsible for developing and delivering our mobile pantry, taking the weekly distribution of food and other household consumables to struggling individuals and familes to various locations across Bolton. His desire is to support Pantry ‘members’ and volunteers, build strong relationships and work closely with our partner agencies.


Having moved to Bolton from Lincoln, Laura works on our Local Welfare Provision, Storehouse and Winter Watch projects.  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 such as foodbank, kids work, community café & shop.  She is excited to be a part of Urban Outreach and helping to support people in need.


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 the food team in delivering the wide range of projects for people in need.


Nigel joined us in 2018 and looks after our Local Welfare Provision service, providing emergency food parcels and utility top-ups to people in crisis. Before coming to us Nigel worked in ambulance services, education and computing.


Samuel has been involved with Urban Outreach for most of his life; from being a part of a family who opened their home to vulnerable young people who needed accommodating, to helping with Winter Watch and RUNA. Throughout this time he has grown to understand that in order to help someone else, it requires others to step in the gap and to take a stand. Samuel’s desire is to see the restoration and rebuilding of communities, starting with the individual and their families. Samuel works with the food team on the Storehouse, Winter Watch and Local Welfare Provision projects.

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