Christmas Hampers 2016

Portadown Cares strives to help those in need. The work that we do in the shop is our only source of funding and we try our best to help as many families as possible. Each year, Portadown Cares launches a Hamper appeal to provide food and toys for those who may not be able to support themselves at this expensive time of year. In these hampers, there are ingredients to make a Christmas Dinner and some other luxuries including crisps, chocolate and tinned food. Local people in the community are invited to fill out nomination forms to nominate someone they believe would benefit from a Hamper, and the process is completely anonymous. We are often greeted by shocked and thankful faces as the people who receive the Hampers are completely unaware that they have been nominated, and are very grateful that they can have a Merry Christmas. If there are kids in the family, we try our best to provide a few bags of toys for the families to wrap up to have something under the tree.

This year we managed to make up and deliver over 140 hampers to the local people of Portadown. It took a lot of teamwork and coordination from our committee and volunteers to get these hampers ready to go. The public have been fantastic by donating toys and food for the hampers as well as showing their support and we just want to say a big Thank You to all who donated for this cause!  Your continued support will help us to fund our Hamper Appeal in 2017!

 

 

 

 

Healthy Cooking Demo

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There was a free healthy eating cooking demonstration held in the shop on the 6th May 2015. This was teaching people how to make some healthy, low fat foods. All participants received a bag of ingredients to make up their own meals.

The Elk & Clipper Banbridge Opening Night!

Congratulations to our committee member Dwaine Smyth and sponsor Michael Dowell on the very successful opening night of the latest branch of The Elk and Clipper in Banbridge. Many thanks to Dwaine, Michael and Shane for the invitation and the craic, and to Juram for the music!!

For more information visit The Elk & Clipper facebook page: Here

1st Anniversary photos with Mickey & Minnie

Photos of young & old taken at on the 1st Anniversary of our shop being open. All photos are copyrighted and are the property of Portadown Cares, and may be freely downloaded/printed ONLY by those in the photos or their families for personal use only. Thank you for respecting this.

Portadown Cares Community Night

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our community evening last night. It was great to have an opportunity to let everyone know the work that Portadown Cares does and to get a chance to speak to you all and find out what we can do to help you. We will be following up your requests over the next few weeks, in the meantime if we can help you with anything further, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Photographs by Marie Allen Photography. (click photos to enlarge and start slideshow):

Anna Quinn, Sonya Blair and David Simpson MP ready to sample the goods

Anna Quinn, Sonya Blair and David Simpson MP ready to sample the goods

Two of the hard working PC girls, Karen Simpson and Sharon Kelly have a well earned cup of coffee

Two of the hard working PC girls, Karen Simpson and Sharon Kelly have a well earned cup of coffee

Cllr Paul Duffy, Maxine Chambers, Mr Mayor, Colm Haughian, Ashgrove Community Centre, Clifford Forbes, Craigavon Borough Council and Phyllis Abraham. A cheque for £500 was presented to Colum for Ashgrove Seniors Club to help with the running costs of their pensioners luncheon club

Cllr Paul Duffy, Maxine Chambers, Mr Mayor, Colm Haughian, Ashgrove Community Centre, Clifford Forbes, Craigavon Borough Council and Phyllis Abraham. A cheque for £500 was presented to Colum for Ashgrove Seniors Club to help with the running costs of their pensioners luncheon club

Maxine Chambers, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Shirley, Norma and Francis from Edenderry Community Development Association

Maxine Chambers, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Shirley, Norma and Francis from Edenderry Community Development Association

PC committee members pictured with Jo-Anne Dobson, MLA

PC committee members pictured with Jo-Anne Dobson, MLA

Portadown Cares Community Night

L-R David Simpson MP, Anna Quinn, volunteer, Sonya Blair, committee member, David Taylor, chairman, Phyllis Abraham, vice chairman and shop manager, Mayor of Craigavon, Cllr Mark Baxter, Cllr Darryn Causby and Cllr Robert Smith — with Sonya Blair, David Taylor, Phyllis Abraham, Cllr Mark Baxter, Darryn Causby and Robert Smith.

Lauren McCann and Sharon Kelly getting the tea and coffee on the go

Lauren McCann and Sharon Kelly getting the tea and coffee on the go

Buffet by Jasma, Edenderry

Buffet by Jasma, Edenderry

Tracie Jenkinson, PC committee, pictured with one of our principal sponsors, Caroline Pearce, Gilford Van Hir

Tracie Jenkinson, PC committee, pictured with one of our principal sponsors, Caroline Pearce, Gilford Van Hire

The Mayor gives Sonya a hand to cut the cake, guess who got the first slice?

The Mayor gives Sonya a hand to cut the cake, guess who got the first slice?

Tea Mr Mayor? — with Lauren McCann and Cllr Mark Baxter.

Tea Mr Mayor? — with Lauren McCann and Cllr Mark Baxter.

Suzanne McDonald, volunteer, Phyllis Abraham and Maxine Chambers, PC committee

Suzanne McDonald, volunteer, Phyllis Abraham and Maxine Chambers, PC committee

£750 for Goal Line Youth Reach!

The Portadown Cares team tonight presented a cheque for £750 to the Goal Line Youth Reach learning disabilities kids. The money will be used to buy specialised sensory play equipment for the local children who attend. Such lovely young people and fantastic leaders who are totally dedicated to the young people in their care. It was a real pleasure to help out!

Hamper Launch Dec 2013

We got together with local companies who donated money and items to help us fill over 115 hampers to give out to people who were nominated by the local community to receive them.

Here are a few photos from our launch.