about us

We are Diamond Hampers CIC, a Trusted Organisation that are dedicated to supporting and helping the most vulnerable in society by helping people in times of crisis and then by implementing longer term solutions.

We provide food aid to vulnerable families and individuals across Cambridgeshire by supplying food hampers filled with enough to provide meals for a whole week.

We have linked with various other organisations to enable us to link those in need to the right places. Thus helping people to shape better futures for themselves and their families. 

We support local hostels by supplying them with trays of fresh food items and products ideal for those sleeping on our streets.

We support rough sleepers by supplying them with hot meals, snacks, warm clothing, bedding and by helping them to seek the support they need from the relevant services.

We support young care leavers and newly housed rough sleepers by providing them with start-up kits to help them at the beginning of their new jour journeys.

We have our BRAND NEW “Rent a suit” campaign, supporting people with returning to employment but by allowing them the opportunity to look smart.

Alongside this, we have joined in partnership with the Guiding Association, to provide disadvantaged girls with the opportunity to access their local Guiding units, by providing them with a brand new uniform and handbook. We will also be running a recycling uniform project to compliment our existing school uniform project. 

 

We are very blessed to be supported by many supermarkets and businesses. These regularly donate fresh produce and long life products to assist with our emergency food parcels.

These include, Tesco, M&S, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsburys, Co-op, Riverford, Waitrose and Greggs.

In addition to this food support, we are in receipt of regular financial support from Brampton Parish Council and the Houghton & Wyton Community Fund.

We have a strong ethos regarding food waste and so we ensure all items are distributed to those in need. All surplus food items are baked or made into other food products and then either sold to raise money for essential food items or placed as treats into our food parcels.

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Food surplus and food aid are not the answer to solving food poverty or poverty in general but when utilised correctly can be a useful and a crucial stepping stone to new beginnings for many people that are effected by the impacts of having an income below the national living wage.
It isn’t healthy to continue distributing “free” food without implementing strategies for improving a person’s situation.
It creates dependency and an unhealthy reliability.
A focus on a hand up, rather than a hand out is crucial to ensuring people receive the correct help, instead of inevitably becoming a hindrance to their situation. You could in fact be providing negative help.
Building longer term solutions to break down the issues surrounding poverty is key. By working closely with each individual, we can determine what the root cause concerns are, develop a plan alongside them and focus on how they can be resolved.
With an aim that the person you are supporting will become independent and self-sustainable.
Our Pantry stores can assist with this by focussing on that personal dignity gap and create places and spaces where we can all afford to shop and assist with tackling environmental issues through the method of redirecting waste.
Our latest model – The Attic will be set on the same principle but will instead focus on affordable homeware, clothing and provide opportunities for many to help grow their small businesses, with some focus on employability and supporting those to become interview ready with our new suit loan for just £1.
Our partner organisation Diamond Champions will be set to provide a safe space where people can have access to boxing based fitness. Their core focus will be on improving the mental health and well-being of many, supporting young people with training/skill development and enhance their employment opportunities.
Please continue to support the work that Diamond Hampers does and the daily progress and impact we have on the wider community.
Of course we couldn’t carry out the work we do, without the support of our volunteer team.

Proud member of IFAN

https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/The Independent Food Aid Network’s strategy:

This strategy sets out how the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) seeks to realise this vision and achieve its aims whilst upholding the core principles first outlined when the organisation was founded in 2016.

IFAN’s vision is of a UK where everyone can eat good food and emergency food aid is no longer necessary.

“Hunger doesn't take a day off, so neither do we”

This is our very first shop – The Pantry. We have a section full of beautiful fresh fruit, vegetables and so much more to provide opportunities for low-income families to shop on a fill a basket for a certain amount scheme. You can fill a basket for just £3 from this particular section. 

The rest of the shop provides affordable food for many.

To fit in with our zero waste ethos, we will be offering many of the foods that we rescue from landfill!

Our shop doubles as a hub, where we continue to build and distribute food aid to people in need across the district.

The shop is currently open Monday to Saturday 10am till 3pm. 

This is the next step forward to tackling food poverty across the district and in turn protect our environment. 

Contact The Pantry on –

01480 453249 or 07769312711

Diamond Hampers PAT Testing Team

We have just begun the launch of our brand new initiative with our very own PAT testing team.
Lee Simpson, a qualified PAT tester, will be leading our brand new team to provide a much needed service.
With this team, he will be able to carry out electrical testing on essential household items for those in need. Such as young people leaving care.
He will be able to do this using calibrated safety testing equipment.
Diamond Hampers are working to create a better future for the most vulnerable in society.

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