A New Resolution To Keep

After reading Frances Burscough’s column, ‘We all have the chance to help the homeless’ in the Belfast telegraph it got me thinking.

Last year she, like many, made a list of New Years resolutions which she did not keep. However she did manage to keep one which she names ‘the most valid and valuable of them all.’ It is this very resolution which I find inspiring, and I hope that you do too. Rather than your usual ‘giving up chocolate, crisps and wine,’ she opted for a more selfless resolution; to volunteer working with The Welcome Organisation in Belfast, an organisation which addresses Homelessness Issues, with a Drop In Centre, Support Services and a Housing Surgery.

While for many giving up their time to volunteer is not always an option, there are still many ways you can help. There are various organisations in Northern Ireland who work with people who have fallen on hard times or been hit by a personal crisis which has left them struggling to simply get by. Store House in Belfast, helps fight food poverty, something which many families in Northern Ireland struggle with, they provide food packages and clothing.

The Simon Community provides emergency accommodation and CHNI FareShare helps get fit-for-purpose surplus food and redistribute it to those suffering from food poverty.

So why not start an incentive in your workplace, office, youth group, sports club and collect food regular donations for these very worthwhile charities. Raid your cupboards or add a few extras items to your shopping trolley. Make sure the items you offer have a long shelf date. Many of these organisations will even arrange to pick up large donations, so there should be nothing to hold you back. Make a new resolution to keep.

The Store House Belfast website offers a grocery list of the most needed items:

• Pasta
• Cereal
• Tea bags
• Tinned meat
• Tinned soup
• Tinned potatoes
• Tinned meals
• Cuppa soup
• Cereal variety pack
• Super noodles
• Tinned dessert
• Baked beans
• Tinned vegetables
• Biscuits
• Tinned fish
• Tinned fruit
• Pasta sauce
• Crisps
• Long life milk


(Article edited 05 April 2015)


  1. FRANCES BURSCOUGH Apr 03, 2015 - 12:32 AM

    I am a woman, not a man!! 🙂

    • Zoe Santa Cruz McGivern Apr 05, 2015 - 05:43 PM

      Sincere apologies, this article has now been updated! Zoe

  2. Ali Maddison Jul 09, 2015 - 08:15 AM

    Often a new resolution seems an overwhelming task to keep up, be sure you start small, so you can keep it up.

  3. Cat Stanton Jul 09, 2015 - 10:09 AM

    Can’t believe that you confused her with a man….. gutted

  4. Rosita Dumolo Jul 10, 2015 - 04:17 AM

    Without a doubt more needs to be done in this respect and more people need to take a similar initiative.

  5. Anthony Bowser Jul 10, 2015 - 07:03 AM

    If I attended a cafe or restaurant for lunch I would ask for a takeaway box if I don’t finish and the food it still good and not mixed up and pass it on to someone dealing with homelessness – most are grateful and it sure beats wasting paid for food.

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  7. Lelia Campbell Aug 19, 2015 - 07:32 AM

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your site provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

  8. Karl Tubbs Aug 27, 2015 - 02:25 AM

    Great article.

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