St Austell Foodbank

You may not have thought it but many people living in St Austell and the surrounding area are living on the edge of poverty. When you have no financial safety net, a sudden crisis, such as bereavement, benefit delay, redundancy or illness can leave you unable to feed yourself or your family. Such situations can deteriorate, leading to relationship breakdown, house repossession or worse. St Austell foodbank works to support people who find themselves on the edge of disaster. St Austell foodbank is part of a national network of foodbanks, giving out nutritionally balanced emergency food to people in crisis who have nowhere else to turn. Foodbanks also offer additional support to help break the cycle of poverty, putting people in touch with relevant agencies who can offer further support.

Anyone seeking assistance from the foodbank needs to obtain a voucher or an e-voucher code to present at the foodbank. This ensures further support is also available. There are a number of local agencies which can provide vouchers, and these are some of the agencies we currently work with:

  • St Austell Healthcare (All the GP practices are registered with us)
  • STAK Schools/colleges
  • Ocean Housing Welfare Officers
  • We Are With You (formerly Addaction)
  • Children’s Social Care
  • The Family Hub
  • Health Visitors
  • Probation Services

In case of difficulty, you can contact the Citizens Advice Bureau national helpline for free on 0808 208 2138 who will be able to offer advice and assistance.

St Austell Foodbank COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS are currently working remotely but are able to offer free advice and practical assistance. Please call them on 07942 252922 or email

Address: Light and Life Church, Unit 4-5 Brunel Business Park, The Sidings, St Austell PL25 4TJ open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-3pm.

St Austell Foodbank also operate in:

  • St Stephen: at St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish Church Fore Street PL26 7NN, Wed 11-1pm
  • Roche: at Roche C P School, Fore Street, Roche PL26 8EP, Wednesdays and Fridays 12.00 –2.00pm

**Please check website before making a special journey as all are subject to change:

If you need help from the foodbank the quickest way to reach us is by email:

We can then direct you to the most appropriate agency to give you a foodbank voucher.For those in crisis and in need of a food parcel, the CAB can be called on 0808 2082138 for free (open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).

Alternatively, a trained Citizens Advice agent will confidentially discuss the situation and will, if needed, issue a food bank voucher code. This code can then be given to foodbank volunteers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 1 -3pm


Please use our dropboxes in supermarkets (see below) or drop to us direct at Light and Life Church during one of our Tues or Thurs afternoon sessions.

Local supermarket donation points

  • Asda St Austell, Cromwell Road, St Austell PL25 4PR
  • Tesco St Austell Daniels Lane, St Austell PL25 3HT
  • Coop Gover, Moorland Road, Westhill, St Austell, PL25 5BS

Financial Donations: St Austell Foodbank have recently set up an online giving facility at:

Light and Life Church, Unit 4-5 Brunel Business Park, The Sidings,, St Austell, PL25 4TJ
Opening hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-3pm
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Newquay Foodbank

Update 23 Sept 2020:

Newquay Foodbank has proudly joined The Trussell Trust, which gives us increased unity with other local foodbanks aswell as a louder voice in government to discuss the real crisis of food poverty. (Nothing will change with regards to the collecting of food parcels and session times and set ups.)

The Newquay foodbank seeks to be the source of light and hope to those who have fallen on hard times, whether it is through the loss of a job, injury or other matter. Newquay Foodbank works with other supporting agencies to locate those who need us not just in Newquay but in many surrounding areas.

The Newquay Foodbank is an independently run foodbank which was set up in 2011 to support Newquay and the surrounding areas. Started out of a small room in St Columb Minor church by a handful of volunteers, the Foodbank had the aim of supporting any and all who found themselves in desperate need of our help. Since those early days the demand for the Foodbank has unfortunately increased. Now working alongside several agencies the Foodbank has branched out to 2 further sites, now meeting at St Michaels Church on a Friday and the Oasis Centre, St Columb Major on a Saturday. All three venues kindly offer their premises free of charge to the Foodbank recognising the vital role we play in supporting the community.

Our aim is to ensure anyone who comes to us gets the right help from the right people, to get themselves back onto their feet.

In the 2019/20 FY we gave out 1522 Food Parcels to those in desperate need.  This includes basic essentials, such as fruit, veg, eggs, milk and shelf food to support that individual or family for 3 meals a day for 3 days.  based on the average cost of this it works out at approx. £40,630 worth of food last FY.  This cost is greatly reduced by the amazing donations we continue to receive in at our donation points around Newquay and the surrounding areas.

In 2020 we became a member of the Independent Food Aid Network, spreading the message concerning the very real food crisis Nation Wide and helping us to work hand in hand with other similar charities to tackle this problem head on.

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

How to Access a Foodbank Voucher:
1. Go through one of our recognised Agencies: Citizens Advice; Adult Social Care; Health Visitors; Pivotal; Some of the local Churches; Social Prescribers; Cornwall Housing; DISC; We are With You (Used to be known as Addaction); Community Mental Health Team; Probation Service; Disability Cornwall; Early Help Team.
2. If you are not in touch with one of these agencies then please call us on 07810 271202. Here you’ll talk to our Foodbank Co-ordinator, Sara who will refer you to a referral Agency or talk you through the next steps to access support. You can also find support from us at:
3. If you are desperate and need food straight away, we can give one box on self referral basis and then from there you would be referred to an agency. You can do this by coming to a session or contacting us on the details above.

Tuesday – 1000 – 1200 – Session – St Columba Church, St Columb Minor, TR7 3EY
Fridays – 1200 – 1400 – Session – St Michaels Church, Newquay, TR7 1RA
Saturday – 1000 – 1200 – Session – Oasis Centre, St Columb Major, TR9 6RH

Donations: Preferably at local dropboxes in supermarket donation points but also during foodbank opening hours. Local supermarket donation points:
· Newquay Morrisons, Treloggan Road, Newquay TR7 2GZ
· Newquay Sainsburys, The Whim, Alma Place, Newquay TR7 1NF
· Newquay Asda, Oakleigh Terrace, Newquay TR7 1RN
· Newquay Aldi, Cliff Road, Newquay TR7 1SW
· Perranporth Co-Op, Station Road, Perranporth, TR6 0DD

If you would like any further information whether that be to request support or offer it, please contact us on 07810271202.

Financial donations: You can donate directly to support the work of Newquay Foodbank via the purple donate button on the home page of their website:

Opening hours
Tuesday: 10am – Midday St Columba’s Church, St Columb Minor, Newquay, TR7 3EY

Friday: Midday – 2pm St Michael the Archangel Church, St Michael’s Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA

Saturday: 10am – Midday The Oasis Centre, 26A Fore Street, St Columb Major, Saint Columb, TR9 6RH

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Sara Bennett

Newquay: Turnaround House

Turnaround House provides supported living for young people aged between 16 and 25 in need of housing . We offer help and support in many areas ranging from budgeting to maintaining a tenancy. Need a fresh start? Then Turnaround House could be the place for you. We can also offer support in accessing training or getting into work. Here in Turnaround House, we care about individual people and are committed to seeing people succeed in life, however that looks for you.

Get in touch to arrange a visit and find out more.

Turnaround House, Oasis House, East Street, Newquay, TR7 1BH
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Newquay: Store House

Store House is a Community Hub based in the centre of Newquay. We believe in collectively working together with various agencies and local groups. We provide services and activities that reflect the needs of the many faces that call Newquay home. Store House is committed to transforming communities. We believe that when a community comes together regardless of their background or starting point anything is possible.

07850 292966

Store House Community Supporturing the Covid-19 pandemic:💕
At the moment our doors remain closed but the work continues and the support is available for those who needs it.

Store House cook and deliver community meals
Contact-Elles 07850292966💕

Thursday Soul Food cook and deliver community meals.
Contact-Beth 07968344838💚

Tuesday&Friday Disc cook and hand out meals at the door.
Contact-Monique 07726345028💙

We are working incredibly hard to ensure we are ready and safe to open the doors again soon and will keep you posted on any changes, looking forward to seeing you all💕
Store House Community.X

Store House, Seymour Avenue, Newquay, TR7 1BL
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Newquay: Soul Food Kitchen

Soul Food Kitchen Newquay is a healthy cooking project, meeting every Thursday. It’s a community run project to improve social interaction for all.

Starting as a six-week healthy eating project, Soul Food was such a success it carried on and has now been running for seven years. It is now a Community Interest Company.

It’s run by mum and foster carer Beth Mitchell.  Everyone who attends chips in to prepare the food, lay tables and tidy up. Helping to build a sense of community, belonging and purpose that many miss in their daily lives.

During the Coroanvirus update, Soul Food has been working with Storehouse and Disc to prepare and deliver food in the Newquay area. Check Facebook for current arrangements.

5 Old Barn Court, Newquay, TR7 1QUContactContact

Beth Mitchell



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Newquay: DISC (The Drop In and Share Centre)

DISC Newquay helps the most vulnerable in our society. We provide free food 4 days a week, help with heating costs, provide clothing, haircuts and help with housing, debt, mental health and pets in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. We are a Christian charity made up of volunteers over various churches in Newquay who have a heart and passion to serve in the community those who are disadvantaged and those who are homeless.

Our aim as a charity is to enhance and help pre existing organisations in not only Newquay but Cornwall. By networking with other agencies we aim to help those who are homeless and those who potentially might be.

We are all unpaid and rely on your generosity to help our clients. Our JustGiving page is:

St Michael’s Church, St. Michaels Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA
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Contact Name
Monique Collins
Who may use the service?
All in need

The Heart of God: Oasis Ladies’ Conference : 7 Nov, Newquay

This year’s conference looks at the heart of God as we celebrate all He loves. This year we will also be providing a space for mums to bring their children up to primary age. The team are equipped and ready to cater for your child’s needs. This ensures all are able to access the teaching on offer.
Follow the link to book your ticket for just £15 (includes lunch and drinks)

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Cornish Celtic Way : Saturday Walks Programme 2020 – CANCELLED

As ‘in person’ events begin to resume, they will be added to our area listings. Most events will continue to be held online – please see the ‘Coming Events: Online’ tab

Saturday walk programme 2020

All walkers welcome, just turn up!

Friday 27 March | St Germans To Looe | 9 Miles | 10.30-4.30pm | moderate walking on cliff path

Saturday 28 March | Looe To Lansallos | 6.5 Miles | 10.30-3.15pm moderate walking on cliff path


Join us for this great opportunity to walk in Spring on the stunning first section of the Cornish Celtic Way….. Dogs welcome on leads where necessary.

FRIDAY: Meet at St German’s Priory 10.30am. Free car parking is available in St German’s Village. Packed lunch needed. Arrive in Looe 4.30pm. Drivers can  be returned to their cars in St Germans . We will be having Fish & Chips etc in Looe for an evening meal.

ACCOMMODATION: at Riverside United Church, West Looe. Cost for basic accommodation (sleeping bag and mat needed) is £20 (including breakfast and Saturday’s packed lunch, and car support). Other discounted bed and breakfast accommodation is also available. Please contact Penny for details or to book, at or on 07881791914. 

SATURDAY: Meet at Riverside United Church, West Looe, PL13 2BU. Leave 10.30am for Lansallos via Polperro. All drivers will be returned to their cars. Car support cost for day walkers = £3


Saturday 25 April | Bassett’s cove to  Gwithian | 2pm start

Details to follow….


Friday and Saturday 15th-16th May

To be arranged- we will be staying in a church hall overnight. Join us for either or both days…….


 Saturday 20 June | Lanivet to Lanhydrock

A walk connecting the Cornish Celtic Way and the Bodmin Way. Details to follow.

For on-the-day weather concerns and further info contact Penny 07881791914

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Oasis Momentum Ladies Gathering : 6 Mar, Lanivet

Fri 6th March 7.30pm at the stunning Lanivet One For All community Centre. Ruth Gunn from Bethel Community Church Redruth in Redruth, Sally Timms from Wave House Church in Newquay and Sarah Jeffrey from Gateway Church Bodmin Area in Lanivet will be sharing their amazing life changing testimonies. There will be nibbles, CAKE and refreshments. Come and take time out ladies, have a night off, bring a friend or two and be blessed. See you soon!

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St Columb Major : The Oasis Centre

The Oasis Centre, based in shop front premises in St Columb Major, Cornwall UK, is a registered charity and a voluntary community organisation working in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations in the area. The Oasis Centre is managed by a group of local people, governed by a Constitution. The Centre was established in 2008 and the Constitution states that its purpose is to relieve persons resident in the parishes of St. Columb, St. Ervan, St. Eval, St. Mawgan (known as the Lann Pydar Benefice) and surrounding areas who are in a condition of need, hardship, distress, ill-health, disability or other disadvantage.

Wellbeing Cafe


The Wellbeing Cafe takes place each Thursday morning from 10:00am to 12 noon in the Columba Centre in St Columb. The Wellbeing Cafe provides entertainment and social activities as well as a helping hand to find support when needed from outside agencies. It is a place to meet others, relax, share experiences over a cup of tea or coffee. It is for everyone of any age, whether you are new to the area, feeling lonely, tired or fed up or just in need of some company. A cosy and warm atmosphere which is safe, welcoming and friendly. There are light refreshments, board games, arts and crafts, people to talk to and occasional speakers and entertainment. We have monthly outings to places chosen by our members.

Welcome Cafe

Do you feel as well as you would like to? If you are interested, there is a Health Trainer who comes along regularly to help with any weight problems and offers suggestions about diet, fitness and general health and wellbeing. Come along and join us Any Thursday. It’s only £1 for the whole morning including drinks and most activities.

Keep Your Sparkle Going

Memory Cafe

Keep Your Sparkle Going provides a friendly social meeting place for those with all forms of memory problems, and their families and friends who would welcome a break in their daily lives, and a chance to go out and enjoy themselves. Our team of volunteers offer an afternoon of friendship and support, enhanced with social activities and refreshments. The relaxed and informal atmosphere allows those having memory difficulties with opportunities to share reminiscences and enjoy the afternoon with music, songs, games, creative arts and other activities.

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Carers can relax too, knowing that they are in a place of understanding and care, able to exchange experiences with other carers and our volunteers, and to obtain further professional advice if needed. We hope that those attending will help us create a programme with activities that are appropriate for everyone.

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