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A new champion in Newquay for crisis-hit families

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

JOINING FORCES:  Diane, Denise, Asha, Nevine, Lynne, Claire, and Jasmine at the Noah Project's launch party.

JOINING FORCES: Diane, Denise, Asha, Nevine, Lynne, Claire, and Jasmine at the Noah Project's launch party.

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A GROUP has been launched in Newquay to help families in crisis.

The Noah Project provides food, clothes, toys, and practical and emotional support to individuals and families.

The Newquay Foodbank, Newquay police, JobCentre Plus, and the town council, are working alongside the group, referring people in need of vital help and assistance.

Founder Denise Billington said: "Noah was created to provide an extra package of support for families and single parents in poverty and crisis situations, and demand for our services is growing day by day. We have assisted approximately 30 families in the past six months with new requests coming in all the time."

After helping four families in Newquay during the initial pilot project, The Noah Project entered into the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

This allowed it to apply for a cash grant of £4,000 and a place at the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

The project was chosen as one of 20 finalists from 241 applicants, enabling it to continue receiving support from Lloyds Bank over the next year.

Denise said: "What we do works and it works extremely well. We reduce stress and worry, help to rebuild morale and bring the local community together.

"We are now assisting families across Cornwall with a planned second Noah Project opening in St Austell shortly due to the high volume of requests we receive from this area.

The Reverend Chris McQuillen-Wright from the town's foodbank, said: "No one project can sort out someone's problems, but working together, we can get to the heart of the challenges facing many families, appropriately and effectively.

"Working together is the only way for us as a community to tackle the social and economic deprivation that is particularly prevalent in seasonal tourist towns."

For more information about The Noah Project, call Denise on 07714 820585 or e-mail her at info@thenoahprojectnewquay.org.uk

Or join the Facebook group: The Noah Project Newquay.

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