Who We Are
It all started in 2011 with some cans in a cupboard. A small group of people saw a growing need for organised emergency food aid in High Wycombe and started trying to help. Within a few months, we had a locker at Big Yellow and had starting working with organisation who work directly with people who are struggling. In 2012 we had grown so much, and needed to stabilise and make the project sustainable so we applied for and became a charity. Now, we’re still a volunteer-led organisation with just three part time employees, a project manager, an administrator and a warehouse assistant.
We are seeing a huge increase in the amount of people who need emergency food aid – and support over the longer term. We will always support those people our referring partners send to us for food aid, working with them to resolve the crises that lead people to needing help. We never turn anyone away who is referred to the foodbank.
One Can Trust is a project run by the people of South Bucks, for the people of South Bucks.
One Can Trust – The Vision We believe that empowering people through cohesive and engaged communities is the only way to eradicate poverty in the long term.
Mission We seek to develop community based projects, drawing together people from many different backgrounds, of all faiths or none to solve the issues of inequality and poverty that exist in our society.
One Can Trust – Values
We operate with openness and integrity – in all our actions we will operate openly and transparently, sharing the reasons behind any decisions we make and how these will progress the delivery of the vision. We value everybody in our community equally, and strive to maximise the impact we can have notwithstanding any individual’s faith or background
We are driven by our volunteers – in this we can ensure that all who work with us are united in delivering our vision for the greater good of our community.
We are led by and support our community – our initiatives are driven bottom up, deriving their strength from the community they serve, with our actions guided and focussed by the wishes of the community
We strive for excellence – we aspire to deliver all we do to the highest possible standard, and in this show that poverty does not mean that we cannot achieve the best in all we do
We recognise the value of the individual and the power of community – in humbling ourselves to a common purpose we can each contribute to something far beyond the reach of any one of us, strengthened by our collective values and supporting one another as we need it
Board of trustees:
Graham Peart – Chair
Peter Green – Treasurer Robert Hill – Company Secretary
Peggy Peckham – Food donations
Suzie Clarke – Fundraising
Andy Ford – Marlow focus and fundraising, oversees grant applications
Jo Ollis-Foodbank operations
Heather Stanley – Vice Chair
Foodbank project manager: Steph Clay Foodbank administrator: Jayne Motlagh Foodbank warehouse assistant: Adrian Coleman
To clarify some confusion about our name! There is scope for confusion between the two completely separate organisations,One Can Trust and One Can Hope. One Can Trust was registered as charity no. 1148626 on 17 August 2012 and is currently operating the Wycombe Food Bank. Our main base is at Duke Street in the town centre and we operate out of a number of other locations across South Bucks. We understand that One Can Hope is a Community Interest Company, registered on 29 April 2015 and operates from Abbey Barn Road offering valuable support to families in a different way. There is no connection between the two organisations. We feel it unfortunately causes confusion, unhelpful to both organisations that the names are so similar and suggest a connection that is not there. So we hope to agree a resolution to benefit everyone soon. We Trust that this is now clear!