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 our Winter Watch night shelter. Gaynor now works on our Friends of Fun Food project, working with groups, schools, community organisations and our clients to help them to eat healthily and on a tight 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 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 such as foodbank, kids work, community café & shop. Since joining UOB she has worked on various food projects, supporting many people in need. In 2020 she assumed a coordinating role for our external communications including news letters and our social media accounts.
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.
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 our ‘missing from home’ project. Throughout this time he has grown to understand that in order to help someone requires others to step in the gap and to take a stand – something that he is always willing to do! Samuel’s desire is to see the restoration and rebuilding of communities, starting with the individual and their families. Samuel provides essential leadership support to all those that work within the Food Team – leading by example on daily basis.