Employees at Jaguar Land Rover swapped their overalls for pinafores on Thursday to help ‘Hope for Sutton Project’ to serve up a festive feast, prepare by chef Lisa Holloway of Hope cafe and volunteers to elderly residents in Sutton Coldfield.
Over three days, engineers from the car manufacturer’s plant in Castle Bromwich took time out to wait hand and foot on more than 100 guests who attended the Christmas lunches as part of the social enterprising and innovative work of ’ Hope For Sutton Project’.
Hope for Sutton Project provides support to those living with Dementia; work opportunity for young people living with disabilities and aspirations to young carers and first-time mums.
At St James Church Centre, Memory Café are run on Monday and Thursday in partnership with senior care service provider – Home Instead. This is another good example where private sector partnership with third sector provides care to the community.
Hope Café is run Monday to Thursday 9am till 2pm, providing Breakfast, lunches, to everyone in the community of Mere Green and Four Oaks very economically, due to the generous collaboration of Food sharing with Co Op Slade Road, Sainsbury, Mere Green and M&S, Mere Green.
This provide all residents with an opportunity to reignite personal relationships in the community and ward of the effects of isolation and loneliness.
All this coincided with the ‘National Local Charities day where people, communities and organisations from across the UK show support for their local charities by getting involved.This enhancing relationships between businesses, charities and local areas, to help communities grow and appreciate the work of local charities.
This year, importance of giving by encouraging people to pledge their time to a local charity, alongside championing the phenomenal and life-changing work of local charities, while shining a huge spotlight on local charity champions – the unsung heroes who always go the extra mile for their charity, the people and causes they support was the focus.
Reverend Daniel Ramble, Vicar at St James’ Church, Mere Green , who with his wife Reverend Judith Ramble, community chaplain for Mere Green Business Community said: “Hope For Sutton Project is about protecting self-worth. It reminds everyone – from someone living Dementia to a young carer of 11 years old to a first time single parent in the community – that they are ALL valued.
“Many individuals who are living with Dementia, have spent their lives contributing to society at large, so now it’s our privilege and delight to share gentleness with them and help rediscover that sense of belonging in the community.”
“The team from Jaguar Land Rover really got into the swing of the event and it was marvellous to see. To have the pride and joy of British manufacturing taking the time to help us has been a real privilege and the donation which subsidised food costs means that people who normally have to worry about food and money during Christmas season, now only have to think about having a wonderful time and that is a special gift to be able to give.”
If you would like to Volunteer in the work of Hope for Sutton Project, please contact Reverend Judith Ramble at St James Church Centre on 0121 308 0074 and to know more about ‘Hope for Sutton project’ follow the link- https://stjamesmeregreen.org.uk/inclusive-compassion-2/