Clarence Community Food Share project launched

'Great potential to improve social welfare for elderly'

Clarence High School in Formby welcomed guests from the local community as well as dignitaries from Tesco and FareShare to help launch the Clarence Community Food Share project.

The launch event promoted a service that Clarence High School had been delivering for several weeks already, after receiving surplus food from the Ainsdale branch of Tesco and laying on meals for the local community. The hope was that even more members of the community could benefit.

Guests at the event on 9 November included Nugent CEO Normandie Wragg, Mark Jamieson from Community Food Connection Tesco, former Bootle MP Joe Benton, and representatives of FareShare Merseyside which fights hunger by saving good food from going to waste and redistributing it.

Joe Benton, who had an integral role in initiating the Clarence Community Food Share, said: 'The event was highly successful. It was very positive to see so many responses to help the project from the different organisations that attended. There is great potential at Clarence High School to improve social welfare for the elderly.'

Clarence High School in Freshfield is a specialist education service run by the Nugent organisation, and among the early beneficiaries of its food share scheme were residents from another Nugent establishment, Margaret Roper House care home in Birkdale.

According to Maria Bailey, a senior pastoral worker at Clarence, the aim is to 'help put an end to loneliness by giving people in the local community an opportunity for a chat and to make new friends while enjoying afternoon tea.'

The project will continue to serve up weekly lunches and to share food collected from across the local community to assist older people and families.

Clarence High School provides educational day placements in a therapeutic setting for girls and boys aged 7–19 with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.