Haverhill Scouts' volunteering stint at town's foodbank is a step in a new direction
The projects director for the charity that runs the Haverhill Foodbank says he hopes the help volunteered by a group of Cub Scouts during a visit to its warehouse will inspire others to do likewise.
Last month, the group of about 20 Cubs from the 1st Haverhill Scouts took some time out to volunteer their services at the foodbank’s warehouse in Hollands Road.
The Saturday morning visit was made as part of the Cubs’ Our World Challenge Award’ and saw them pack some food into boxes and check each item to make sure it was not out of date.
The youngsters even got treated to a little bit of chocolate each as a thank you for their time.
The foodbank is part of Reach Community Projects and up until last November its warehouse had been based in Falconer Road, but volunteering opportunities such as that conducted by the Cubs had not been possible as there were restrictions on who could visit and when. Now, after the move to another warehouse, that situation has changed, much to the delight
of Reach projects’s director
Henry Wilson MBE, who said:
“They packed three boxes, but I couldn’t care less if they packed only one.
“It wasn’t that which was important, it was the fact that they got involved.
“It was all part of what we are about, which is to be inclusive and not exclusive.
“I want to see other groups see this and say ‘we can do this, I wonder if they will take us too’.
“Yes, is the answer.”