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Nourish, Blandford

Nourish, Blandford2024-01-02T09:48:58+00:00

Nourish

Previously known as Blandford Food Bank+, the Food Bank has now expanded to include a community larder, larger community cafe area and much more.

We are located in Blandford town centre and exist for those living in Blandford Forum and surrounding villages.

Nourish is a vibrant, practical community space, with kindness and understanding at the heart. We have care organisations keen to help you, and a finance team ready to walk alongside you through financial challenges.

All are welcome – why not pop in for a hot drink and homemade cake in our new cafe, meet new friends and have a chat with our lovely volunteers. Unburden yourself, pause and have a moment of quiet to escape the worries of the day. Find out more about our Community Larder and Food Bank below.

If you need a food parcel you need to be referred by someone from the list below:

You can ask for a food parcel voucher from Citizens Advice (see useful links below) or the following referrers:

  • Dorset Council – 01258 454111
  • Sovereign Housing Association – 0300 5000 926
  • The Mental Health Team, Blandford Hospital – 01258 450610
  • Local GP surgeries
  • Citizens Advice – based at Blandford Parish Centre on Tuesdays
  • Your child’s school or pre-school
Find out how your support has helped Nourish to bring hope to our local community in our latest annual review.
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Need help now?

Nourish

Open:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
10am – 2pm

01258 456093

United Reformed Church
Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum, DT11 7PY

Help and support at Nourish

Community Larder and Food Bank

The Food Bank provides emergency food for when and as long as you need it, including fresh fruit and vegetables when available. You need to be referred to the Food Bank by someone from the list of our referrers above.

The Community Larder is for those who are are finding regular food shops unaffordable and need a little extra. There is a membership cost which includes a variety of tinned and dried food items, toiletries and free fresh fruit and vegetables. Simply contact our team for a chat about membership.

CMA Debt Advice and Budget Support

The CMA (Community Money Advice) team are based onsite and provide free debt advice and budget support. We are affiliated to the national Community Money Advice network and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 

Becky and Nicky run Faithworks CMA at Nourish – the team are available to speak with in a quiet, private space at Nourish.

Warm Welcome

All are welcome at our free community cafe. Warm Welcome runs every Thursday afternoon at Nourish and provides a chance to make new friends, catch up with old friends, enjoy delicious homemade cake and a cuppa or simply bring a book and sit quietly in the peaceful atmosphere.

Cookery Workshops

We partner with many local organisations and businesses – the Friendly Food Club provide regular free cookery workshops throughout the year.

Workshops are for those who are members of Nourish.  Sessions run throughout the year and focus on healthy eating on a budget.

To find out more either call our office on 01258 456093 or drop in to Nourish to chat with our team.

Community Cafe Space

We are passionate about our local community and take pride in making our space welcoming. Our friendly team are always on hand to help or to simply have a chat.

We are looking forward to welcoming you – there is always plenty of free tea and coffee as well as cake!

Additional Support

We also provide additional food for those who need it during the school holidays, as well as support for those experiencing homelessness.

If you need further support, we are always on hand to help connect you to other organisations such as Blandford Group Practice, Victim Support, The You Trust and the URC Snooker Club!

Simply pop in for a hot drink and a chat or contact us via the form below (selecting Nourish from the drop down menu).

Other useful links

  • Citizens Advice – based at Blandford Parish Centre on Tuesdays
  • REACH drug & alcohol services – 0800 043 4656
  • Victim Support – 0300 3030 163
  • The YOU Trust – 01329 825 930

Nourish FAQs

What happened to Blandford Food Bank+?2023-09-11T15:18:31+01:00

Blandford Food Bank+ has grown rapidly in response to need across the Blandford and surrounding areas.  Blandford Food Bank still exists as it was before however has now expanded to include a community larder, larger community cafe area and more – we are now known as Nourish.

How do I request a food parcel?2023-09-11T15:25:05+01:00

If you need emergency food, you need to be referred by someone from the list below and they will provide a voucher for a food parcel.  If you have problems accessing a voucher, please contact our office to speak with our team.

  • Dorset Council – 01258 454111
  • Sovereign Housing Association – 0300 5000 926
  • The Mental Health Team, Blandford Hospital – 01258 450610
  • Local GP surgeries
  • Citizens Advice – based at Blandford Parish Centre on Tuesdays
  • Your child’s school or pre-school
How does the Nourish Community Larder work?2023-09-11T17:35:43+01:00

The Community Larder is for those who are are finding regular food shops unaffordable and need a little extra. The larder works on a membership basis of three months at a time and is for those on means-tested benefits such as Universal Credit or Pension Credit.

There is a nominal membership cost which includes a variety of tinned and dried food items, toiletries and free fresh fruit and vegetables. Simply contact our team for a chat about how to join.

How can I support Nourish?2023-10-06T17:30:10+01:00

There are two ways you can support Nourish:

Donate food items: you can keep up to date with our latest food needs by downloading the BanktheFood App from Google Play or the Apple store and set Blandford as your Food Bank.

You can also support Nourish by keeping up to date with our latest news by following us on Facebook below.

Give financially: Regular donations help us to plan more long-term.  You can become a regular donor by setting up direct payments to our CAF Bank Account:
– Sort code: 40-52-40
– Account no: 00034964

Alternatively you can download a Nourish Standing Order and Gift Aid* form below (these files are editable pdfs).
*Did you know that Gift Aid enables us to claim an extra 25% on your gift at no extra cost to yourself.

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Nourish News & Events

Faithworks Project Christmas Hours 2023

18th December 2023|

Please note that our project Christmas hours 2023 are: Christchurch Food Bank+ Closed Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 December, and Monday 1 January 2024 Nourish Community Larder & Food Bank Closed Tuesday 26 December

Faithworks Project Christmas Hours 2023

18th December 2023|

Please note that our project Christmas hours 2023 are: Christchurch Food Bank+ Closed Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 December, and Monday 1 January 2024 Nourish Community Larder & Food Bank Closed Tuesday 26 December

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