Bring a Tin to Work Week at SWR Mind

by Nicky Whalen
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Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind call on local businesses to join ‘Bring a Tin to Work Week’

From 2nd to 6th October, to help combat the cost of living crisis in our local areas, SWR Mind are embarking on a mission to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and families who are struggling to put food on their tables. We want to get as many businesses and services involved in our ‘bring a tin to work week’ donation as possible. We have partnered with local organisations, food banks and community centres to distribute the donated food items throughout our area, ensuring efforts reach those in the community most in-need.  Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will collect all donations which will be distributed between food banks and free fridges, with everyone who contributes getting a certificate of thanks with your tally-of-tins!

A staggering 90% of food banks have seen an increase in demand, with over 80% saying they have noticed a decrease in donations. With food inflation rising to 16.7% and the cost of gas nearly 130% higher than the previous year, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to afford general living costs and many of the people approaching organisations like SWR Mind and Food Banks for emergency help are working families struggling to make ends meet. Over 2.9 million people in the United Kingdom have had to rely on a food bank this year and supplies across Scarborough and Ryedale Districts are running low. With this huge wave of need, community fridges and similar services are struggling to help individuals and families at a time they need it most.

Debi Lewis, the Cost-of-Living service Co-Ordinator had this to say about the event:  

“Food-banks have reported to me that they are struggling to keep up with demand. Part of this is because there is a rise in demand and also a simultaneous drop in donations. People who are working are in need of the food banks more and more. I work with organisations whose primary purpose is to help those in the community and they are seeing a rise of people asking for food in areas that are not traditional food banks such as local churches and charities. Many don’t have a proper meal unless they go to one of the wonderful local lunches provided by places like Jubilee Hall in Cayton or Westway Open Arms in Eastfield, free of charge. ”

Through this food donation event, SWR Mind want to demonstrate the wonderful things that happen when we all come together as individuals, groups, companies and communities, giving everyone a bit of hope that compassion is still a core strength of our community. SWR Mind will continue our mission through our cost of living service to do our part in helping eradicate food insecurity and tackle other cost of living struggles by running free events, providing vouchers and emergency care packages, and of course our fabulous cost of living handbook and cookbook, created with contributions from people across our community. We would like to encourage individuals, local businesses and organisations to support this collective effort, whether you can spare a tin or two out the cupboard or get your workplace involved. Every contribution will be massively appreciated and genuinely makes a difference.

If you would like to join this event and start a collection point for food donations, please contact Debi Lewis or a member of our admin team on or 01723 339838 and we will be able to schedule in a pick-up of donations. There has also been a huge interest by the BBC and they would like to interview and speak to the business or service who collects the most!

For more information on Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind’s efforts, services and opportunities, please visit our website  or get in touch via email and phone on, 01723 339838.

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