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A disused doctor’s surgery

has been given a new

purpose in time for

Christmas, helping to

ensure that everyone in

Sawley has enough to eat

this festive season.

The building on Wilmot Street

has been transformed into a

foodbank, where people who

find themselves in need of

a helping hand can exchange

vouchers for food parcels.

Claire Haye

, emh homes

Facilities Manager, said:

“We worked closely with the

Long Eaton and Sawley Food

Bank trustees – including

emh homes tenant Pauline

Smart, who also regularly

volunteers there - to

organise the lease of the

former surgery site. In order

to minimise costs for the

scheme, the lease was

agreed at a low rate and

various works took place to

ensure the site was fit for


Liz Dane, Pauline Smart and

Mayor of Erewash Val Custance

emh homes has a long history

of working with the foodbank.

As well as making regular

donations, we are also a referral

agency and able to hand out

food vouchers to tenants who

need them.

Mayor of Erewash, Councillor

Val Custance

, was on hand to

open the foodbank back in

October. She said:

“We can’t have people going

hungry, so I’m so pleased so

many people have shown

their generosity towards this

charity by donating food and

volunteering their time.”

The foodbank relies entirely

on donations in order to

provide food parcels to local

people in crisis.

The Sawley foodbank is linked

to national charity the Trussell

Trust, which aims to end

hunger and poverty in the UK.

It is also in partnership with the

local Tesco, which will be

making a large donation of food

in time for Christmas.

New foodbank opens its doors

Erewash in


Congratulations to the Erewash

Square Estate Community

Association, whose beautiful

communal garden was awarded

third place in the Best Street or

Communal Area category at

this year’s Erewash in Bloom


The association, which is one of

our recognised community

groups, transformed an

unused drying area on Walnut

Close, Ilkeston, into a blossoming

community garden.

By converting the neglected area

into a space for all the residents

of the scheme to enjoy, the group

aims to increase feelings of

neighbourliness and create a

friendlier community.

emh homes residents




Pam Best

, both of

Walnut Close, carried out the work

free of charge.

“ Before we converted it into a

garden, the area wasn’t

benefitting anyone,”

said Angie.

“We saw an opportunity to

create a space where

neighbours could come and

socialise and get to know each

other better. We’re really

pleased with the finished

result and I hope that everyone

makes the most of the

new garden.”

Angie and Pam