LET'S GIVE BACK
WHO WE ARE
is the leading organisation in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire providing free food, furniture, clothing and much more to the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalised people of the area.
Established in 2002, Somebody Cares has seen steady growth until the last year when the growth has been explosive and Somebody Cares, over the past year has assisted literally thousands of families, children, pensioners and individuals.
Somebody Cares has claimed for a number of years now, that no one in this area need go without and is immensely proud of the way it has been able to grow to meet a hugely increasing demand on a very limited budget.
The current financial restrictions created by recession, Government cutbacks, rapidly rising food and utility bills is creating huge problems for many highly respectable families and individuals with a frightening number of people falling into the poverty trap, where they have never been before and with no idea how to get out.
These are desperate days for a significant number of the population and it is going to get worse!!
In Aberdeen city alone, it is believed that there are over 50,000 people are in real trouble (confirmed by Aberdeen Council) and in the Press and Journal newspaper in mid February 2010 an article spoke of over 18,000 families living on less than £50 a week and this is predicted to rise to over 80,000 by the end of 2011.
The Somebody Cares commitment is that we are here to help these people and in the process, we are challenging the people of Aberdeen to come on the journey with us as we believe that if we can persuade the communities of Aberdeen, ie, the business community, the church community, the academic community, the residential communities and others to join with us and to support us... we can make Aberdeen and the North East unique in the land in the way it takes care of its less fortunate citizens.
A recent episode of the EXTREME MAKEOVER television show highlighted a situation where a whole city community came together to support a couple who were feeding thousands of people in Mexico and when the lady being helped saw the difference that the community support made... she spoke this phrase that we would like to pick up for our city and area...
We believe... with your help... we can help change the world of many unfortunate people in this whole area.
OUR MISSION & VISION
Somebody Cares is in a period of major growth and in these difficult days, where tens of thousands of people are in trouble, we are committed to being there for these people.
With the problems that are facing Government with major financial cutbacks and the Prime Minister asking the Third Sector (charity sector) to step in and help in what he is calling the Big Society, we are delighted to be able to say that Somebody Cares was well down that road before they came up with the idea.
We continue to expand our core operations.
We have opened the new retail outlet on the old Dobbies Garden Centre site in Hazledene Road and have reopened the hugely popular restaurant. Both are doing really well and are great value.
We have launched the ‘Aberdeen – the City that Cares’ Food
Initiative in which we are challenging the whole city to help us as we seek to provide food for thousands of people urgently needing help in the city and shire.
Somebody Cares launched the Food Appeal on the 13th December 2011 with it’s first major success. Our first task saw us making sure that many of Aberdeen’s most needy families had a great Christmas and did not go without. Working mainly with schools and some other charities, we distributed over 1200 food bags in the two days immediately before Christmas day and gave Christmas presents to every child in these families.
We recycle or reuse virtually everything we turn over which runs to hundreds of tonnes a year and we are looking to significantly expand this, especially in areas like textiles, books, bric-a-brac wood and a number of other items.
For an organisation like Somebody Cares, with our commitment to ‘being people who make a difference’, these are days of real difficulties but massive opportunity and we welcome other organisations, local government, companies and individuals to come to us with suggestions of how we can improve the impact we are making or enhance the services we offer.
Somebody Cares was created in 2002 when Jenny Taylor, inspired by seeing what Doug Stringer was doing with Somebody Cares America, decided to set up a small charity, helping people in need in Aberdeen.
‘Original Somebody Cares buildings’
A small warehouse was rented in Wellington Street, Aberdeen and Jenny started, initially in a very small way, helping people with bits and pieces of furniture and very quickly discovered that food was a key necessity for people who were experiencing tough times.
Growth was steady and Somebody Cares stayed in Wellington Street for over 2 years and then moved to a bigger warehouse in Altens.
Again growth increased steadily and as they went forward, Jenny was able to increase the volunteer base and supplied food, furniture and clothing to many hundreds of families and individuals.
2005 saw the charity move to its 13,000 s.q ft. current warehouse… which coincided with a period of significant growth.
‘Outside of Somebody Cares current warehouse in Summerhill… 13,000sq ft’
Year on year, numbers of people being helped continued to grow and in 2009, Somebody Cares gave food to over 4000 families and individuals, furnished over 1900 homes and provided clothes to hundreds and hundreds of people, helped by 90+ volunteers and recently, we have started taking on a number of unemployed people on work placement schemes and training programmes.
Right from the start, Jenny was committed to providing help to people at their point of need and for her, it was essential that this had to be for free!!
‘How can you charge people when they are in trouble and needing help?’ she would say and we are proud to say, this is still and always will be the operating procedure of Somebody Cares.
In these dark recession days that we are living in, Somebody Cares is growing literally week by week and we are now the largest charity in the area, providing free support to those urgently needing it.
Over 90% of the people we are helping are referred and we are working with 70+ agencies, churches, other charities and organisations in the city’
Somebody Cares is now in a phase of major growth with a number of new initiatives being brought in all tying in with our commitment…
‘Somebody Cares Retail Outlet’
Where there is a need… to meet that need,
Where hope is gone… to help restore hope,
Where love is needed… to demonstrate love.
HELP US HELP THOSE IN NEED