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Our Christian Motivation

"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines.
These are but the beginning of the birth pains."
Source: Mark's Gospel Chapter 13 verse 8

There are several occasions where our Bible talks of earthquakes. Literally where the ground beneath us trembles and sometimes tears itself apart.
At Blandford Food Bank and CMA we see many clients that have experienced an earthquake in their lives. What was thought to be certain has broken, what was relied upon has been shaken.
Instances of broken relationships, job losses, mental health crisis and physical disabilities are common stories resulting in poverty.
This is where the Food Bank can step in and offer support: materially in food parcels: financially with debt management, and with our Christian Buddies, we offer friendship and compassion.
This is the joy of being God's disciples, to bring hope – to just be there and to listen and support those that the Lord brings before us.

So, Who are we?

Faithworks Wessex is the charity that supports Blandford Food Bank and where we offer a Community Money Advice (CMA) service that provides support to people who have problems paying their bills. CMA follow a process approved by the Financial Conduct Authority and will always keep your information confidential.

Supply and Demand. for CMA

In September we said that we need to brace ourselves for additional clients as we head into October and the run up to Christmas. This has proved to be true and "just about managing" with "emergency actions" whilst the backlog of lower priority tasks is growing.

As of the 30th November 2021, we are managing thirty-five (35) clients in the Blandford area who are actively engaged in debt management processes and between them have combined debts of £360,000.

A Good News story

The DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) provides people who receive Universal Credit and who rent their homes a Housing Support allowance (this was called housing benefit), but it is not available to home-owners.
Instead for home-owners, the DWP will pay the monthly interest portion of a person's mortgage payment.
This known as "Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) Loan. The loan is offered at 2.4% interest and paid back to DWP when the property is sold.
Sounds good!!
But for client JH we applied for SMI Loan in April 2021. Only now in late November 2021 the DWP "considered" the application ( a wait of nine months) and only now are we at the stage of making the formal application by telephone with the DWP. That's nine months of regular conversations with the JH's mortgage company pleading with them to hold off repossession orders asking them to trust in us to get the SMI loan "over the line.
If successful for JH, his current mortgage of £325/month will be reduced to just over £100/month which he should be able to afford which in turn will mean fewer requests for food parcels and a continuation of have the security of owning his own home.

Food Parcels

To access food vouchers for foods please visit your GP, CAB, the local schools or Social Housing offices.
The Food Bank is still operating during this time of Coronavirus. Food parcels can be collected, or if that is not possible then the parcel can be delivered to your doorstep.

Community Money Advice (CMA)

We are living through extraordinary times with the impact of Coronavirus in the UK and around the globe.
At the Blandford Food Bank we are taking the UK Government's advice andasking all visitors to do a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) immediately before making a visit. The staff and volunteers do thier LTF before each visit to keep people as Covid-safe as possible..
So, until restrictions are lifted, all the debt advisors will be volunteering their time at home.

If you wish to make an appointment then contac John Cornish by email or mobile on 07799 516 735.
The CMA Team volunteer from 10 am to Noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Helping you managing your finances

If you have got behind on your payments for bills or owe money to banks and other organisations, then we are here to help.
Our trained Personal Budget Coaches and Debt Advisors work with you to prepare a simple budget showing your weekly income and expenses.
If you have any unpaid bills then we work out how much you can afford to make repayments.

Debt Advice

Your personal budget coach can also check that you are receiving the right level of benefits.
Sometimes your budget coach will refer your case to one of our Debt Advisers who may negotiate with your creditors to find a way of making your repayments more affordable.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is being rolled out in the DT11 post code area.
All new claiments for benefits will now be claiming Universal Credit. The Job Centre Plus is open in Blandford on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help claiments with their benefits and hopefully find work for those who are seeking employment.

Is this is for you?

If you or you know of anyone interested in volunteering a few hours per week, giving administrative help or being trained to give debt advice, or interested in becoming part of the Chrisitan Buddy Team then please contact John Cornish.


John Cornish
Debt Advisor
07799 516 735
Heron Court Road,


Registered Charity No. 1148455

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Revd Pauline Crispin

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