RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS: the gift of a meal.
What inspired the scheme?
Inspiration came from several sources. Partner organisations told of:
• the loneliness of older people who eat alone and need the social dimension of eating with others
• the lack of cooking ability and experience of young people from chaotic homes now living in sheltered accommodation
• stories from rough sleepers, though given many cups of coffee each day, they would appreciate having a hot daytime meal with others
Who are the cards intended for?
A wide range of people, young and old: anyone who would benefit from having a hot meal in company with others. This may include isolated older people, young mums, rough sleepers, vulnerable young people, single parents…
How do the cards work?
People buy cards for £3 each. They can take them and give them to people they see or know who would benefit from a hot meal OR they return them to us and we distribute them to organisations working with people in need.
How are the cards redeemed?
• Recipients go to a participating café and hand over a card (or two) to cover the cost of a meal.
• If they want a greater value meal, they can pay the extra. No change is given.
• At regular intervals our volunteers visit the establishments and 'buy back' the cards at £3 each, thus reimbursing the café.
Where can I buy cards?
Cards can be bought at Baileys Café and Christchurch Information Centre, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or online using the “mydonate” button on our home page at www.christchurchcommunitypartnership.org.uk.
If using the “mydonate button, please mention “meal card” in the box; headed personalised message (example below).
Cards bought online will be distributed to those in need through appropriate organisations and charities.
Some churches are selling them. Members of the team can come to fairs, offices and events etc.
Cards are distributed through the following organisations and charities:
Access Dorset, Age Concern, Ansbury, CAB, Christchurch Baptist Church, Family Partnership Zone,
Christchurch Children's Centres, Christchurch Food Bank, EDP, POPP
Sovereign Housing, Saint Joseph's Church, Your Journey, Christchurch Angels
COAST (BCHA), Triple F
Any other ways I can help?
Perhaps you could invite one of our team of volunteers to come to your business, church or event to sell them.
Why not adopt this as your workplace charity or ask people to buy these as your birthday gift? A recent birthday girl raised enough to buy an amazing 80 cards, which have been delivered to relevant charities. What a wonderful way to celebrate!
Our wonderful partners – please support them!
Cards can be exchanged for a hot meal at:
Bailey's Café, Barrack Road near One Stop, Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm
Lunch at Cuckoo's Coffee Bar, Pound Lane, Monday-Friday from 2-3pm, they will accept 1 or 2 cards
towards a meal
Kelly’s Kitchen has withdrawn from the scheme as the busy holiday season has started. We’d like to thank them for supporting us through the colder months and look forward to them joining us again in the autumn.
Other cafes interested in participating should contact Charlene at email@example.com
If you are elderly and live alone, Bailey's will be hosting a Senior Community Meal each Wednesday during April and May between 12 and 1.30 with £3 off the cost of a baked potato with filling, omelette or baguette etc.
Come and enjoy a meal together at Bailey's Café, 131 Barrack Road, near One Stop.