Pat Javanaud this week stood down as Chair of Bare Necessities and Simmondley’s Maggie Mooney stepped up to the plate as the food bank begins it’s second year of activity.
With well in excess of 2,000 meals provided in the last 12 months, Bare Necessities sees 2013 as a challenging year as people in Glossopdale face difficult times and unexpectedly find themselves short of food.
In her review as outgoing chair Pat highlighted the important role volunteers play. She said she wanted to thank the people of Glossopdale for their generosity in giving both food and time.
County Councillor Dave Wilcox said that Pat had identified a community need and responded in her usual forceful and caring way. He said that hundreds of people who had found themselves in trouble had been helped over the past year, but that it was now important to notch up the level of organization and professionalize parts of the operation.
New Chair Maggie Mooney said “I’m really looking forward to working closely with Pat and hope that by sharing the load with her, it helps her to carry on with her crucial and central role in supporting Bare Necessities”.
She said that it was important that the tentacles of Bare Necessities stretched across the whole valley and that developments in Whitfield were followed by progress in Hadfield.
She also noted that during the Easter period, 11 recipients of parcels came from Tintwistle, which she thought illustrated how the service is penetrating all corners of the valley.
Maggie Mooney added that when she moved to Glossop in 2011, she wanted to become actively involved in her local community. Since then she’s become a Trustee of High Peak Women’s Aid, is involved in GALOP, in her local Patients’ group in Simmondley and the University of the Third Age.
“Bare Necessities is very important to me.” she says. “I feel very privileged becoming the Chair and look forward to working with and supporting our volunteers, who are central to the success of this very crucial work”.