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Published Friday, 16th January 2015

Staff from Remploy’s branch in Nethergate, Dundee rolled up their sleeves and got to work at the Dundee Foodbank.

Remploy volunteers lend a helping hand at Dundee foodbank

A Tayside foodbank, which is stopping thousands of local people from going hungry, received a welcome boost when a team of volunteers from Remploy spent a day helping out at a food distribution centre in Dundee.

The seven-strong team from Remploy’s branch in Nethergate, Dundee rolled up their sleeves and got to work at the Dundee Foodbank, sorting food and making sure it was in date.

The volunteering was part of Remploy’s ‘Be the Change’ scheme, which encourages employees to go out into the community to support charities and other organisations.

Louise Craig, Remploy’s Dundee branch manager said: “We worked our way through more than one hundred food containers, each one holding up to 30 products. We organised ourselves into two production lines, sorting items into product types and preparing them for despatch. It was hard work and very different from our ‘day job’, but it was immensely satisfying.”

Dave Morris, manager of the Dundee Foodbank, which distributes about four tonnes of non-perishable food across six sites every week, thanked Remploy for its support.

He said: “It was great to receive help from such a willing band of hardworking volunteers. Without this type of community support it would be impossible for us to reach the people who are in such urgent need of our service.”

Remploy has a nationwide network of more than 60 branches, which last year found jobs for more than 18,500 disabled and disadvantaged people. It has seven branches in Scotland, providing specialist employment support, at: Aberdeen; Airdrie; Dundee; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Hamilton; and Stirling. 

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Picture caption: Remploy volunteers at the main distribution centre of Dundee Foodbank

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Notes to editors:

  • In the last five years Remploy has found more than 80,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including Marks & Spencer, BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
  • Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It has a successful specialist service which supports ex-service personnel who have left the forces with disabilities or health conditions
  • It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
  • In July the Department for Work and Pensions launched a commercial process under which Remploy Employment Services would leave government ownership by March 2015
  • This creates an exciting opportunity for a partner or investor to help develop Remploy to its full potential, enabling it to support many more disabled people into work
  • The Government envisages that the commercial process will create a Joint Venture between a partner or investor and Remploy Employment Services staff operating as a social business in the private sector