This weekend, we gathered round the TV and watched Ali Mardell, aka Emma Brooker from Coronation Street, on Celebrity Catchphrase on ITV. Ali has been a supporter of Emmeline’s Pantry and even helped out last Christmas with our ambassador, Dolly-Rose Campbell.
Ali was wonderful, and raised a tremendous £3,300 for Emmeline’s Pantry and gave us some much appreciated publicity at the same time. We are so grateful that she chose to represent us, congratulations Ali!
October was mainly concerned with finishing our building decoration and celebrating our achievements so far. Our new building is now decked out in the suffragette colours of purple and green. We also secured funding for our outdoor play area to be painted with a rainbow racing track, as part of our plan to make the play area bright, colourful and fun for the children who visit us.
At the end of the month, we threw a celebration event for all our supporters, to show our appreciation for all that they do. Without their help, Emmeline’s could not function. We even had a celebrity guest, our wonderful ambassador and Coronation Street star, Dolly-Rose Campbell.
Dolly having a cuddle with our newest (and sleepiest) supporter
Of course, we did do more than just party with celebrities. The hard work continued and our supporters were busy raising money and donations. Some did a bag pack at ASDA and we received two large deliveries of food donated at harvest festivals at Manchester High School For Girls and St James’ Church in Gatley.
Another spectacular donation arrived, in the form of 150 brand new jumpers from Skyland Clothing. With the weather turning cold, they were soon snapped up by the service users. It was amazing for the women to have such a huge selection to choose from. This feeling of choice when shopping for clothing is a luxury many of us take for granted, to choose an item which fits, suits us, and is fit for purpose is something small that means a lot.
Don’t forget, this month we are appealing for gift sets and new pyjamas. You can donate these in person or via the Amazon Wishlist. Next month, we’ll be requesting chocolates, luxury foods and Christmas treats, so keep an eye out for any offers, we’ll be accepting donations through November and December.
If you have any clothes to donate, please keep hold of them until January, when we’ll be in need of more stock.
Whilst the children return to school for a new term, Emmeline’s stepped up its preparations for Christmas. It takes months of planning and hard work from the volunteers to ensure we are prepared for all our upcoming events. Each month we will be appealing for something different, this month we have asked our supporters for new pyjamas for women and children. We all love that feeling of a cosy new pair of pyjamas at Christmas time, and we aim to give that to each and every woman and child who visits us.
In line with this, we have updated our Amazon Wishlist, which lists all the items we specifically need at the moment. It’s a really convenient way for supporters, both locally and further afield to donate to us. We appreciate every parcel that arrives here, and every item will go towards making Christmas extra special for a family.
September also saw a wonderful event, Mic Up Manchester, a live music event in Chorlton which raising money for Emmeline’s.
Our new addition arrived at Emmeline’s, a bench, kindly donated by Haslingden High School. We hope that it will encourage more people to sit and chat, although we may have to wait until the warmer weather arrives!
We expect this Autumn to be our busiest yet, as more local clients hear about us, we expand our service and we prepare for Christmas. Please look out on our Facebook page for our monthly appeals, every donation matters to us.
Along with the warm weather came our busiest period so far. Our volunteers continued to work hard to keep up with growing demand for the service, as well as starting to plan for our Christmas appeal (it’s never too early!). We added some new volunteers to the team, including our first male volunteer, Paddy.
Although we are still predominantly a women only service, we identified a need for the service for a small number of single fathers. For this reason we have introduced a mixed gender day, once a week. Single fathers can now be referred to us for food and toiletries.
In July, one of our supporters who works for the Body Shop, came in during service and offered a well deserved pamper session to clients, who could relax with a facial and hand massage after doing their shopping. What a wonderful way to treat our ladies who often put the needs of their families before their own.
July also saw our Dance Yourself Dizzy event, where volunteers an supporters danced to raise funds totalling £1,500. Everyone had fun and raised an incredible amount of money along the way. The money will go a long way towards supporting our women and preparing for what we expect to be our busiest Christmas so far.
May has been all about settling into our new surroundings. Both clients and volunteers got used to the new layout as we opened for service for the first time in the new building. We held an open coffee morning for our new Chorlton referees, as we brace ourselves for an increase in referrals. Once we felt we were used to our new routine, we successfully trialed opening the service for 3 days a week. This means an increase in the numbers we can accommodate and convenience for clients.
Towards the end of May, we were lucky enough to be gifted tickets to Geronimo Festival, a 2 day event geared towards families. Our supporters raised enough money to hire a coach to take our women and their families to the festival for the day, where they were able to watch shows, try out different sports and activities and listen to live music. The children had a wonderful day and it was amazing for the women to be able to take their children on a day out they might not otherwise have been able to afford.
As always, our supporters across the world have been busy raising funds for us. This month, the Deutsch Centre held a book exchange for German language speakers, with £71 raised and donated to Emmeline’s Pantry.
April was a busy month for Emmeline’s. After much planning and searching, we finally got the keys to our new premises. We have been running our service from a damp basement which was no longer fit for purpose. Our new building in Chorlton will allow us to expand our services, increase referral numbers to meet growing demand and provide a warm, welcoming environment for the women who visit us.
Once we had the keys, we set to work transforming the building into our new home. With separate rooms for food and clothing, women can now browse at their leisure after waiting in our new seating area for a volunteer to become available. DFS kindly donated a brand new leather corner sofa, so now our clients can sit comfortably and chat, sharing experiences and supporting each other.
We are fortunate enough to have some wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to work exceptionally hard on the new building, painting, decorating and sprucing up the garden play area.
We have lots of plans for new building, so watch this space!
We can’t believe it’s already March and almost that time of year again!! But first, tomorrow is International Women’s Day, a global day first set up in 1911 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.
This year’s #Balanceforbetter campaign is striving for a gender balanced world as well as celebrating our achievements.
Here at Emmeline’s we couldn’t reach the number of ladies who access our service, or do we do without the support and constant help from so many amazing ladies across Manchester, the UK and even abroad!
Unfortunately 80% of our service users have come to us from gender based violence, trafficking and modern day slavery. There is still a way to go, but working together this is something we can achieve #Balanceforbetter. To donate this Friday 8th March head to our BT donation page you can follow the link or search us mydonate.bt.com/emmelinespantry. Help us make a change for our service users.
A wonderful donation from Lady Pedal Manchester who completed a cycle ride from Alexandra Park to our food bank. These wonderful ladies collected an incredible selection of cleaning stuffs and and cupboard items for us.
Stay tuned for their next exciting fundraising plans for International Women’s Day…Head over to their Facebook @Lady Pedal Manchester for more information on their upcoming events. You can also find them on Instagram @ladypedal
On Thursday 31st January Girl Gang Manchester are hosting a pub quiz: Trivial Women at the Koffee Pot to raise donations for Emmeline’s, by collecting donations from all team members rather then money. These donations can be anything from toiletries, household cleaning products, new underwear to any in date unwanted Christmas treats.
It looks like it’s going to be a great night for everyone, to find out more have a look at their Facebook event page (click here) Please come along, invite your friends and start working on your team names! Doors open at 6pm and the quiz will start at 7pm!
In other news, the wonderful Gift of Wash Kit based in Gatley are collecting your leftover foreign currency to raise money. For further details head to their Facebook page to get more information on where to send your money if you are local and can drop it off with them or where to send it to directly if not. All the information can be found on their facebook page.
We have a lot of exciting new ventures coming up that we can’t tell you about just yet so stay tuned to find out what we have planned next!!
As we come into 2019 refreshed (mostly!) we have had a chance to look back on 2018 and what we achieved as a charity in helping more women then ever before.
Throughout 2018 we helped 1002 women !
All of that is with the help of our amazing supporters, their time, their donations, their help and their friendly faces. We have had donations and cards from schools, both local and as far away as London. Other charities, groups and companies throughout the year. July 2018 was our Summer Sleep Out with the help of the Catholic Chaplaincy! Just as important as all these wonderful groups and organisations are the individuals and families that help us every day.
On our donation day December 20th with the help of all our amazing volunteers who really spectacular- could not have done it without them.
We gave 80 adults and 93 children food for the holidays. 93 children received gifts. We were also able to help another 50 women with food and could give out 295 more gifts for children across Manchester. What a wonderful way to end the year with all our helpers and donations so generously!
After Christmas we got the wonderful news from Manchester Bee Co that they raised an incredible £250 from their yellow bee pins and Christmas cards which was wonderful news to end the year on! To a successful and happy 2019.
Love from Emmeline’s
We keep our Amazon Wishlist on regularly up to date with things we are currently collecting. Go and have a look there for any ideas you’d like to gift us!