What is the Big Help Project?

The Big Help Project (Knowsley Foodbank) is a local charity with two clear aims: to feed the hungry in Knowsley, and to work with people who are in poverty to help them overcome that poverty and move on to a better future. In the six-years we have been operating, we have worked with hundreds of clients- some of these clients have come to us with just once, with a one-off crisis, whilst others engage with us long-term, accessing support from our additional services such as Jubilee Debt Advice or Next Steps employability support. Whatever our role has been, we are honoured to have had the opportunity to support people in our local area at a time of crisis in their lives.

The Big Help Project is a faith-based organisation. We are committed to helping those in need, whatever their beliefs or views, without reservation or judgement. However, we will always challenge, through word and deed, any ideologies that perpetuate poverty and injustice, and in doing so bring to life God's instruction to

Speak up for the people who have no voice,

For the rights of the down-and-outers!

Speak out for justice, stand up for the poor and destitute!

Proverbs 31: 8-9

We believe that the existence of foodbanks is the most visible and fundamental manifestation of poverty and social inequality. Knowsley Foodbank is committed to providing support for those in food crisis for as long as there is a need, and will continue to work with clients to improve individual lives, whilst working towards, and praying for, the day when there is no longer any need for a foodbank and food is within the means of all.

 

"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome by the actions of human beings."

Nelson Mandela

The values of the Big Help Project are:

  1. Partnership - no more working in silos. The need is so great and resources comparatively few. The Big Help Project will always seek to work together for the good of others.
  2. Dignity - people are not just a statistic or a problem waiting to be solved. They are human beings, made in the image of God and deserve to be treated with dignity.
  3. Respect - everyone has their own story and unique contribution they can make to society. They have hopes, ambitions and dreams for the future that need to be respected, nurtured and encouraged.
  4. Empowerment - not just doing things for people but enabling people to do things for themselves. Individuals often hold the key to their own destiny.
  5. Integrity - trust is earned slowly but lost quickly. Being honest and trustworthy in all dealings with clients, stakeholders and partners is not an optional extra but essential to the work of the Big Help Project.
  6. Accountability - it is not enough to do the right thing, one must be seen to be doing the right thing. This means accountability to umbrella organisations such as the Charity Commission, to governmental structures such as trustees and senior management, and to stakeholders such as funders and other partners.
  7. Making a difference - there is a lot of talk in the world but not always much action. The Big Help Project will work to ensure that everything it does has a long-lasting effect upon those it seeks to support.

The aims of the Big Help Project are to always:

  1. Treat people with dignity and respect, not doing things for people, but rather empowering them to take control of their own lives
  2. Accept and value people for who they are and without passing judgement on their circumstances, lifestyle or beliefs
  3. Operate in God's strength and with his resources, understanding that true, life changing transformation is always more than just changes in physical circumstances
  4. Work with others to help alleviate poverty in the borough of Knowsley and in the surrounding areas

Full details of local operating context of the foodbank, including the drivers of foodbank use, are available in our Social Value Report which is available here. The Trussell Trust also has research on the Demographics of Foodbank clients and the drivers of foodbank use-to access this report click here