CURO colleagues have volunteered at a local foodbank as part of their support for the communities they work with.

Staff from the Community Connect and Gordano Valley Primary Care Network teams in North Somerset, packed more than 600 hampers at Clevedon foodbank to help local people at risk of food poverty enjoy Christmas.

The hampers contained festive food including Christmas puddings and custard, stuffing, biscuits and cranberry sauce.

The foodbank praised the team for their community-based approach, attitude and enthusiasm.

Andrea Hutchins, wellbeing worker said: “This was a real-time response to a community need this Christmas.

"Knowing that we’re helping people to have the kind of Christmas that most of us take for granted gives us an overwhelming feeling of joy."

Clevedon foodbank works with local agencies who are in contact with people at risk of going hungry. Community Connect is among the agencies that can use vouchers to refer people to the foodbank.

Community Connect is a service for people aged over 50 living in North Somerset who need information, advice and guidance to help them stay living independently at home.

It gives people the chance to offer their time and skills at events and groups in local communities.

Curo also work with the Gordano Valley Primary Care Network, who have surgeries in Portishead, Clevedon and Pill, to offer community-based support for patients referred by their GP.