About The Breadline
The Breadline is a new hardship fund currently in development, which aims to support the people of Buxton by providing a local line of defence against hardship. Supported by Buxton Street by Street and Connex Community Support, The Breadline is being led by Carolyn Kidd, owner of The Tradesman’s Entrance Café. Carolyn has volunteered with Street by Street since March 2020, and for the last six years has opened her café on Christmas day to provide Christmas meals and a social day for people with nowhere else to go at Christmas.
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic increased the need for hardship support, as well as isolation support on Christmas Day. Over Christmas 2020, Carolyn and her team of volunteers provided 50 food hampers to families as well as delivering over 150 Christmas dinners to families and individuals on their own or facing hardship. It was clear that there was an even greater need for hardship support and so The Breadline was born.
Who will The Breadline help and how?
The aim of The Breadline is to provide emergency support in the form of small denomination vouchers. These vouchers will be used to help families and individuals in hardship with utilities, transport, mobile phone credit, food, and hygiene supplies. The fund will have its own decision making panel and board of trustees including representatives from the business and community sectors.
Based on the demands at Christmas, is anticipated that the demand for this service will be very high. All donations are welcome and The Breadline is already proving a highly successful way for local businesses to support families in hardship within Buxton, with nearly £2000 having been donated to date (March 2021).
How can I donate?
You can make a donation via Connex Community Support by BACS:
Name: Connex Community Support
Sort code: 090720
Please use this reference: The Breadline
Alternatively you can make a cheque payable to Connex Community Support, marked on the back ‘The Breadline’, and send it either to Caz Kidd at the Tradesman’s Café, or direct to Connex at 16 Eagle Parade, Buxton SK17 6EQ.