7 April 2021
A picture of Vibrant new kitchen gives Barnsley volunteers a break

Hard-working volunteers from a Yorkshire food redistribution charity have a new breakroom to relax in, following a transformation by local developers.

Sanctuary Homes has provided funding for a new kitchen to be installed at the Barnsley warehouse of FareShare Yorkshire, which helps to tackle food poverty issues across the county by redistributing surplus food.

The works were carried out by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, Sanctuary’s construction partners in developing 18 much-needed family homes for affordable rent at Berners Road in the Arbourthorne area of Sheffield.

The project was funded by Sanctuary’s MORE! initiative, which sees construction partners working together to add value to local community projects in areas near where they develop new homes.

As part of the programme, ENGIE provided time and materials to transform the breakroom for the benefit of the FareShare volunteers, who have been working incredibly hard to support food provision during the pandemic.

Previously, the independently franchised charity had a tired looking space with limited food and drink facilities for its volunteers to use during break times.

Now, the vibrantly decorated kitchen is a bright space with a breakfast bar and new cooking facilities for the volunteers to enjoy breakfast, hot meals and drinks.

Picture of tired looking kitchen before refit, next to picture of newly fitted bright kitchen

Once Covid restrictions are lifted, the kitchen will be used to its full potential, when Chris, from The FullCrumb Kitchen, will be inspiring the volunteers to make tasty dishes to eat during their lunch breaks. 

Covid-19 continues to exacerbate the issues for people struggling to meet the costs of daily living. It is fantastic to support this project and make a difference for the volunteers, who work so hard to support those most in need.

Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s head of place shaping

Gareth Batty, chief executive at FareShare Yorkshire, added: “This support has been incredible. We needed to renovate the facilities for our volunteers urgently and ENGIE came along at the perfect time to help us.

“To complete the works in such a short space of time, under the challenging working conditions we are all facing, is testament to the professionalism of everyone who has supported us.

“We can’t wait to start using the new facilities and, when restrictions allow us to, enjoy a meal and cup of tea all together.”

Claire Preston, social value manager at ENGIE, said: “We’re really proud to have created this new space for the volunteers to take a well-deserved break.

“The challenges of the last year have meant that the work FareShare does has never been more important for people in the area, so we’re delighted that we could help.”