One Can Street Heroes
Like everything we do at the One Can Trust, our Street Heroes initiative is all about community.
It started as the COVID-19 crisis hit, when our trustee Jo Ollis went on Wycombe Sound radio and told listeners how a growing number of local people were struggling for food. That increase in need continues and is more than double what it was pre lockdown.
Listener Liz Blackman quickly became our first Street Hero, setting up a pop-up collection point in in her garden in Wooburn Green. Six year-old Henry, from Piddington, followed her lead and, since then, we’ve grown an army of Street Hero volunteers who are playing a key role in enabling us to manage the current crisis, ensuring everyone who is referred to us doesn’t go hungry. We love having them as part of the One Can family.
To our Street Heroes and to those who donate, thank you!
How do I get started?
Please email our Food Procurement Manager Jo Belshaw firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you would like to join us.
This is a simple idea and how you run it is really up to you, as you’ll know what works best for your neighbours – but you’ll definitely need to get the word out there before you set up. You could do this by putting a leaflet through your neighbours’ doors (Jo will send you a sample one with all our details), or posting on community social media pages.
How do I collect the food?
Your collection point could simply be a box in your garden or you might want to put up a gazebo too. Do whatever works for you but it doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. We have some signs which Jo will email you, for you to print out and use, so your neighbours know exactly what to do – or you could make your own based on the wording we send you.
They can then drop donations off at a social distance while doing their daily exercise!
How do I get the donations to you?
Our warehouse on Duke Street in High Wycombe is open. If you are driving please use HP13 6EB for your SatNav. Jo will send you information on how to deliver donations.
We’d love for you to take a few snaps and email them to us, so we can inspire others on our website and social media pages.
Thank you so much for becoming part of the Street Hero team! If you would like to know about other ways you can help, there’s more information here – including how to make a cash donation to help with our work here in the local community