Glossop community group needs new home

Glossop-based Hummingbird Hubs is looking for help to find new premises so they can expand their services and increase the number of people they can assist.

The group currently has around 2,000 items of clothing, footwear and baby items, but now urgently needs more space for the ever-growing supply of donated items.

The group, run by Jo Gregory, would ideally like a warehouse or large unit in a central location that could be used to house their growing services.

They currently receive referrals from schools and charities, different groups and social services and work to provide help where it is needed. 

So far they have sent out 80 bags of clothing and 100 pieces of baby equipment.

During the recent lockdown the group put a call-out for help to provide laptops and tablets for youngsters at local schools that didn’t have access to online learning at home. 

Such was the kind-hearted spirit and generosity of Glossopdale folk, the response was brilliant. 

More than £1,000 was raised via a JustGiving page in less than three weeks, while a number of devices were also donated.

Jo helped to deliver the devices to local schools.

Now Jo is using her attic and cellar for storing and sorting donated clothing and footwear in the group’s latest venture, but has now run out of room.

“What is absolutely lovely is when we have people turning up to a house to drop something off, they always return with more bags than they took,” said Jo.

“We really are just limited by the amount of space I have got.”

The group needs premises large enough for them to be able to create space for a clothing bank and community ‘swap shop’, a book bank, baby bank and toy bank, as well as having space to sort the items they are given.

“I’d like to have part of it set up like a shop, and it would be free but would provide a shopping experience,” explained Jo.

If you can help or would like to get involved, get in touch with Jo by emailing hummingbirdhubs@gmail.com or contact her through the Hummingbird Hub Facebook page.

Soon to become a registered charity, Hummingbird Hubs is designed to support people in the community who have been affected by poverty, homelessness, and austerity, and to respond to the refugee crisis across Europe.

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